I had my first cancer treatment day on October 3rd - check it out if you haven't read that blog post yet. Let's just think of it as an early birthday gift since my birthday is October 7th. Great gift, right?!?
If I have to hear "Happy Early" or "Late Birthday" from another medical person, I might have to smack someone. Especially, since I have spent most of the weeks leading up to and after my birthday at a medical appointment regarding cancer. Not really loving my birthday this year. Let's just say, on my birthday, I woke up with a special chemo-side-effect-surprise at 2am. That fun surprise I will share later...
Rewind a Few Days... UpdateBut first, let's go to October 4th, the day after my grueling 8 hours of immunotherapy and two chemotherapies on the 3rd. I woke up swollen, red faced, and fevering, as well as feeling pretty crummy. I didn't have time to dwell on it since I have 2 more doctor's appointments to tend to on the next day... yikes!
On October 5th I got myself up (despite feeling bad) and went to 2 doctor's appointments. First, I got my hearing checked by my ENT (I have bilateral hearing loss). As expected, my hearing had gotten worse. It is strange because 10 years ago, right before I found out I had cancer, my hearing loss started. Now, fast forward 10 years, and my hearing loss got worse right when this cancer started too. Not sure if it is an odd coincidence or somehow connected. I may never know.
However, I will say I expect it to change again. Chemotherapy tends to make hearing loss worse, so I am prepared that after a year in treatment I should expect to see more changes to my hearing. For those who don't know that chemo can affect your hearing - it can.
Now Back to My Regularly Scheduled Happy Birthday Supposed to Be Relaxing Day Blog Post
- I had to call the Oncologist nurse line and pharmacy multiple times since the nurse said they sent the prescription in but the pharmacist kept saying they never received it... this took at least 3 attempts of calling both of them and many hours to get it finally handled.
- My husband also went to the pharmacy multiple times because we had been told the prescription was ready. After lunchtime, and during his 2nd trip to the pharmacy, my husband had enough. When it wasn't ready or in the system again, he asked what was in the prescription and got all of the products (minus the lidocaine since that is not sold over the counter) to make it himself.
- After purchasing everything, getting home, and making a modified version - we got the call from the pharmacist that it would be ready shortly. Seriously... my husband had just walked in and made it.
- After hours of going back and forth, and the 3rd attempt of driving to the pharmacy, I finally got the Magic Mouthwash prescription at around 2pm on my birthday.
HOMEMADE MAGIC MOUTHWASH
Use Equal Parts Of
- Liquid Tylenol
- Liquid Benadryl