Chemotherapy cycle 5 postponed

The tiredness I felt after cycle 4 turned into shortness of breath a few days later.

I didn’t think too much of it at the time – after all, I still felt pretty well compared to the horrors of cycle 3 and was eating and drinking normally. Rather more than normally most of the time …

I therefore spent most of the middle week after cycle 4 either in bed or lounging around on the sofa. One day it took me nearly 3 hours to mow the lawn – and four or five ‘sessions’ during that time to complete it. Normally it takes me 20 minutes at most.

But by last weekend I felt pretty good again. I even managed a Bank Holiday Monday (and 30th Wedding Anniversary) outing to Hardwick Hall.

Hardwick Hall
Alliums in the Hardwick Hall gardens, 28th May 2018.

Tuesday’s blood tests indicated that I had probably been very anaemic in the days after cycle 4 – and still was. “My lowest ever results”, my consultant exclaimed. It was only my bouncy demeanor that persuaded her that my red cell count was probably on the way back. I therefore avoided the need for a blood transfusion. However, the G-CSF injections I’d had after cycle 4 had failed to bring my white cell count up, so I was given another four to self-administer this week.

All this means that cycle 5, which should have happened on Wednesday, has been postponed for a week. I’m feeling as well as I have done all the way through the process, so I’m not too disheartened.

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Reader Comments

  1. Helen

    Keep going Tim, it’s a hard road but the end is in sight. Sending love and best wishes. From someone who has been there and knows what it’s like x

  2. Chris Moores

    Hi Tim,
    I had the same sort of problems, though I just scraped through without having to delay the cycle at all. It was a struggle but now 2 months after the chemo ended I feel back to normal. Motorhoming in France at the moment and looking forward to riding my motorbike when we get back. There is plenty of life waiting for you in just a few weeks time.

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