i woke up this morning with difficlty breathing. the nurse gave me an inhaler like tube and some pills to open my lungs and my chest area. i didn't get much sleep that night. later, after falling asleep around 5am, i woke up with blurry vision in my right eye. it's not like i'm blind, but if i close my left eye, there is a gray blob in the center of my vision. the doctors assume it's because of the high white blood cell count (now down to 120,000) or the massive amounts of fluids that have been entering my body through the IV.
they started intense chemo literally minutes ago. the nurse said that because my white blood cells weren't working already, it won't change much over the next week or so. the part i'm worried about most is having a WBC count of 0, which according to the nurse, is virtually already happening.
the nurse also said that the chemo might affect how i like certain foods. i guess this means i'll be ordering out a lot because i already dislike hospital food. i miss peaches and sushi and smoothies... it's fresh fruit season and i can't have anything good. all my food has to be cooked, canned or frozen before consumption. also, i can't have any visitors who are contageously sick or any flowers in this room because they carry bacteria. this sucks a little, but it'll be over soon enough.
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