Today was the first full day of my chemotherapy cycle without any drugs. The difference was both interesting, and stark. No nausea. Hardly any tiredness. More energy and stamina to actually get some things done. I was more productive today (in terms of the little tasks and jobs I’ve set myself) than I have been in the previous week or so. Of course, I still had to take the ones that help me to manage my ileostomy (leperomide and codine) but it seems that (perhaps unsurprisingly) their side-effects on me are quite minor compared to the chemotherapy drugs.
So at the moment I’m really looking forward to the rest of my week without chemotherapy, planning how to make the best use of the time, all while slightly dreading the start of the next cycle, and the likely return of all my usual side-effects.