Saturday, February 04, 2006

nasty headaches

During the past few days, I have suffered from some nasty headaches which start to occur in the early evening but they have also happened at other times of the day. I hadn't thought much of them, eventhough I wasn't sleeping very well, until last night when I experienced yet another headache. I informed the night nurse and she gave me cxycodone which alleviated the pain. And I made sure to inform the medical staff this afternoon of the recurrent headaches. They told me that it's probably due to the chemotherapy, which is still killing cells even as I compose this very post. As long as the headaches don't worsen, then I should okay in the coming days. As the chemo leaves my body, the intensity and frequency of the headaches should decrease they told me.

These headaches made it very difficult for me to watch tv attentively or work on my blog at night, which is why in part I haven't posted anything new for about 2 days. Along with the headaches, I have been very fatigued by around 7-8 every night. I think my fatigue is a combination of various things: very low blood counts, the side effects of the chemo, and a steady stream of visitors. Last night, I was in my bed watching The Fifth Element on cable and although I would have liked to watch it in its entirety, I knew that I was way too exhausted to enjoy the film. There comes a point when I need to listen to my body and accept what it is telling me and last night was one of those important moments. Indeed my body is wiped out and I must respect it before all else. So I turned off the tv and lay in bed with the lights out listening to Corelli. I have found listening to classical music to be such a pleasant way to go bed in the hospital.

4 Comments:

Comment Blogger Ally said...

Ugh. I know the ABVD gave me the worst chemo headaches... and I'm sure the drugs they're giving you right now are no picnic.

Hope you're feeling better soon. :)

12:13 PM  
Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a virtual get-well-soon card!

Also, I was looking at your list of favourite books - have you read Jasper Fforde's "The Eyre Affair"? If not, I'd highly recommend it.

Sarah

1:10 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Hi Sarah. I haven't read "The Eyre Affair." Thanks for the recommendation.

Duane

7:36 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Really Ally? Yeah, they're not fun. I really hope the headaches begin to lessen in the coming days. They're a pain!

My very best,
Duane

7:38 PM  

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