Progress is slow, but measurable. In tiny tiny increments.
My hair has grown a tiny little bit and my boobs are being inflated at the rate of 50cc a week. 50 cc is just over 3 tablespoons, it’s really not a lot, yet I find it extremely uncomfortable for about 3 days, so 1 day per tablespoon?
The Tamoxifen hasn’t caused any major changes in the hot flashes situation. It does however cause me a major daily headache. Like nausea-inducing headache. On the plus side, I feel so nauseous at dinner time I can’t eat dinner, so maybe I’ll finally make a dent in those chemo-pounds I added!
The one thing that has not made progress is my toenails. This is not really discussed much, but Taxol can make you lose your finger and toe nails. My hands stayed fine, though my nails break just by looking them. But I lost 4 toenails, 2 in August and 2 much much later, I think in December. One has grown back, but I’m still 3 short. I really hope the come back before sandal season. Can one get fake toe-nails?
Progress is also measured in hours. In January, I was able to go to work about 3 hours at a time, only a couple of days a week. But now I’m able to do short consecutive days without falling into a heap on the floor. I still go to bed at 8 pm though, so most nights, the kids tuck me in!
Here is a picture of my hair earlier this week, along with my Herceptin-buddy, who was on school break and got stuck coming with me. She’s such a good kid, she handed out blankets and pillow cases to the other chemo patients and made small talk with the nurses and volunteers.