February 2nd, 2012
I had my 6 month oncology check up yesterday. I am happy to report that all is well.
My husband came with me because we were feeling very unnerved by the intensity of the fatigue I have been dealing with the past few weeks.
My risk for recurrence is 20%, and the most likely time for it to happen is 2-3 years after diagnosis, which is where I am right now.
My blood levels were all normal, but the doctor believes that it comes from trouble metabolizing the anesthesia from my recent surgeries.
Even perfectly healthy people have setbacks with anesthesia. It takes 6 months to leave the body. Because of the damage from chemo, my liver
is likely only functioning at about 80% of normal, making any metabolic process more challenging.
Cancer: the gift that keeps on sucking.
Anyway, the doctor gave me low dose Ritalin to help me through this time. The fatigue has become really debilitating. I can take a 3 hour
nap, feel fine for an hour, and then feel tired again. It’s undermined any attempts to exercise consistently. My husband has had to pick up more
than the usual slack.
I have 3 kids and a big job, so I know tired and even exhausted. This fatigue is more like a light being dimmed from the inside. The bottom
is deeper than tired or exhausted can explain. I took a wee dose of Ritalin this morning (half of what the doctor normally prescribes,
given my sensitivity), and I already feel like the lights have been turned back up.
The plan is to do this transitionally until I get some more mojo back.
Will keep you posted.
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