Second round of chemo… PHEW!

First off, I wanted to apologize that it’s taken me a few days to get this blog post out. I was ready to publish it over the weekend and then BAM… fatigue kicked in again. The second round of chemo has been tough for me and it has definitely taken me time to feel better. Today is a good day so I’ll take it! I even ran to CVS and ordered a salad for lunch. That’s a lot for me when all I want to do is sleep.

I finished my second round of chemo about a week and a half ago and it was a lot harder for me than the first round. I ended up in the Emergency Department because I was dehydrated and needed fluids. So now I drink ten bottles of water a day (you can imagine how many times I need to pee!) I didn’t have a problem with nausea with the first round, but this round my stomach never felt right. I always felt queasy and the sound of food never sounded good to me. Also, my taste has sucked for the past week. I could go days without eating, but I know I need to eat. Also, I’ve felt like I could sleep ALLLLLL day. Even the littlest things like putting the dishes away requires so much energy.

If you are going through chemo and noticed that it’s hard to eat certain foods, below are some tips that I’ve found that help:

  • Seltzer water: During this time when you can’t taste, regular water tastes disgusting. I don’t even know how to describe it but it’s gross. I noticed that some bubbles and natural flavors goes a long way to stay hydrated.
  • Iced tea with lemon: Tea is great for you and so is lemon. Another drink that tastes good and is good for you.
  • Adding lemon to my water: I love lemon and this definitely helps the taste of water. It makes it much easier to drink.
  • Plain pasta: I know the sound of food can completely turn you off. I’ve found that eating regular pasta with a little butter and garlic can actually taste pretty good. I know it’s bland, but it’s easy to digest and does the trick.
  • Soups: What better way to get your veggies and fluids?! Yum!
  • Smoothies: A couple days after chemo, every single food that I had was gross. My mom made me a delicious smoothie with mango, peach, strawberries, yogurt and chia seeds. I was able to drink the whole thing. SUCCESS!

Do you have any other tips that have helped you? Comment below!

Here’s to hoping my third round of chemo is a bit better. I’ll be at the halfway point so that’s a reason to celebrate! Keep fighting, ladies!

(Also, a big thank you to my family and boyfriend for coming with me to my chemo treatments. Pictures are a must since you know I’m a social media geek! 😉 )

xo,

Monique

10 thoughts on “Second round of chemo… PHEW!

  1. I found that pickles in my water was wonderful! And I ate lots of eggs. Best of luck as you recover!

    1. Hello there! I never thought of pickles! Which kind worked best? Thanks for the tip and I’ll have to try that! Thank you! 🙂

      1. I tried to stick with any of the dill pickles that were super crunchy. I love pickles so chomping on them after drinking water was like a reward! 😊

      2. I love pickles too! Thank you so much! I’m inspired by your journey as well! Stay strong! xo

    2. Hi Red Phoenix! I wanted to give you an update! A friend bought me some dill pickles and they taste amazing during my second week when nothing tastes good and I have no appetite. She also bought me some sweet pickles, but the dill ones were best. She bought me them because she saw your comment! Thanks again for the suggestion and I hope you are doing well! 🙂

      1. Yay, that’s great!!! I’m so glad it worked for you. That was very sweet of your friend too. I hope you are doing well!

  2. Hi Monique! I wanted to share that my husband enjoyed Baklava (which is a Greek dessert with filo dough, honey & walnuts) when he was going through chemo and nothing tasted good. I learned how to make it so it’s not all that difficult to make. Very best to you! xo

    1. Hi Jean! I hope you are doing well! 🙂 That sounds delicious! Are there any good recipes you would recommend? xoxo

      1. Hi Monique,
        This is the recipe I used
        http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/baklava/
        It was easy. I used walnuts for the nut. If you don’t have ground cloves, I don’t think it would matter much. The hardest part was keeping the dough soft (cover with damp towel) as building your layers.
        Also, try fresh ginger in your tea. Ginger is very good for nausea. I keep fresh, young ginger roots from the farmers market, frozen all winter long. When I make green tea each morning, I shred a bit of ginger into the pot and then let it steep with the tea. I wrap the remaining root and put it back in the freezer. Also, I strain the tea so I’m not choking on the ginger bits.
        Keep strong! Much love to you! 🙂

      2. Thank you so much, Jean! I’ll have to try this! 🙂

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