As my first week here comes to a close, I think about whether I’ve made any progress. Obviously, it’s too soon to tell, but I have noticed some changes. For one thing, that ozone injection got rid of the pain in my right knee and hip! Seriously, why do we in the US automatically give Cortisone shots to people in pain? Why aren’t ozone shots part of the discussion?? Secondly, my energy has been plentiful even though I’m not exercising or ingesting any caffeine. I’ve also felt surprisingly tranquil this whole week. I’ve just been calm and peaceful … and unlike the past two weeks, where I had cried multiple times throughout each day, the only times i’ve cried this week was when my two visitors left.
I’m starting to develop side effects as well – presumably from the chemo. My stomach started off this morning as a “Uh-oh, please don’t let me have gas as I’m sleeping next to my boyfriend” sort of pressure to an all-out “Hell hath no fury” lady shrieking at the top of her lungs as she uses her long nails to shred open my stomach lining. I’ll definitely be bringing that up to the doctor when I see him tomorrow.
Tomorrow! Big day. Tomorrow my blood will be cultured enough, and I’ll get my first dose of a cancer vaccine. I’m excited to learn more about this process.