Chemo ReCap: Week 9/12

I’m now in the home stretch for chemo and still waiting for the other shoe to drop.  I have experienced almost no lasting changes if any in weight, immune system, energy level, hair, taste, feeling in fingers and toes, or digestive tract.  Here’s to another two more uneventful weeks and beyond.

Weight:  Back up slightly to 120 lbs.  I’m impressed I didn’t gain more than a pound considering not only the reduced activity level for the week (to let my sore legs and foot recover) but also the passing of Christmas week.  Bûche de Noël, chocolate kisses, and pecan pie, oh my!

General condition:  99.9% of normal.

Blood Tests (12/126 ): With the exception of the hemoglobin (which was only marginally low), all of my blood chemistries came back well within the normal range this week.  Most notably, both liver tests, Bilirubin and ALT, have dropped back into acceptable numbers, assumably because my body has had several days to recover from the rigor of last week’s marathon.

Hair Loss:  The hair’s still there!  See this week’s photos below.

Body Aches:  Post race body aches dissipated within 2-3 days after the marathon, with the exception of the middle outside of my left foot.  After looking up possible causes and some pertinent anatomical images, I’ve concluded acute peroneal tendonitis is the likely source of discomfort and requires rest (limited walking, no running) until the soreness disappears. Fortunately, I can still bike and swim and anyway the soreness in my foot is nothing compared to how I felt right after the marathon.  Here’s a silly video that demonstrates what my first 36 post-race hours were like.  Can you believe I’m already thinking about marathon #2?

Peripheral Neuropathy:  None

Nausea and Vomiting:  None.

Intestinal Upset:  None.

Mouth & Nose:  Less frequent nosebleeds.

Nails & Skin:  Skin continues to improve on coconut oil.

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