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! 😉 )