Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A small success

I have blogged before about how difficult the start of treatment is because of the giant dose of steroids they give me.  The steroids are one of the supportive drugs that come with chemo to help fight off some of the side effects. While they do not make me eat everything in site, they have kept me awake...ALL NIGHT!

The past two rounds I have been up all night and Wayne puts me to bed as he is walking out the door with Jacob and Olivia to go to work in the morning. Last dose I attempted to counter the steroids with Benadryl.  It made me sleepy but I still did not fall asleep. I did get a short power nap from it.

I asked the doctor today what would be an appropriate dose to counter the steroids and he said 50 mg. I was so excited with my new plan until I got home and realized that was the NORMAL dose. So after a little consultation with my special girl, I found out how much was considered to be an overdose and decided I would try 75 mg.

Maybe it helped that I was sleepy anyway, but I took the medicine and went to bed. I woke up around 2:00 a.m. for a small bit and still felt woozy. So woozy, I almost woke Wayne up because I was a little unsteady on my feet. However, I decided to let him sleep and I managed to get up, to the bathroom and back, and right back to sleep. 

A full nights sleep on my 3rd dose of chemo! I am going to take it as a success!


  1. Pam, that's awesome that you got some sleep! Next time you can call me and I'll sing to you. I have some GOOD songs that I can sing to you! Good news is always sweet to my ears. I'm always thinking of you friend.

  2. Gotta love that special girl! Glad you've got a good plan going! Sweet dreams!