I had my very first day off from clinic today and I am happy to report that as of this minute, nothing happened. A home health company delivered a pump and magnesium last night for me to use today. I got plenty of hydration thanks to that bolus and am hopeful that my magnesium levels start to improve. The best part about today was that I got to sleep in until 8:30am. It was bliss.
I've had a little ongoing issue that I haven't mentioned before, but felt that I finally should. It would seem that one of the chemo drugs that I received--busulfan, has a nasty little side effect that manifests days or weeks after it's administered. It starts to burn your skin from the inside out and it shows up on the most sensitive skin on your body. Mine started a few days before I was released from the hospital as small clusters of dark brown dots under my arms, breasts, on my abdomen, around my groin, and on the backs of my hands. The dots quickly grew into each other and now I have large patches of irritable dark brown skin. It itches and has started peeling in places. The doctors have all assured me that this is normal and that I should be on the look out for the burned skin turning really red. This would mean a topical yeast infection. Skippy.
Right now, we're just watching it. If it progresses, then I'll be prescribed some magical creams and unguents. I'm just hoping it peels away and becomes a memory in a relatively short period of time. I've been told that it may take months.
On a more positive note, I was able to eat more today. I think it had something to do with not being held captive at the whim of food service or a lackluster cafeteria. Being able to get up and have what I wanted when I wanted it helped immensely. I also managed to keep the nausea at bay today. All in all, not bad for only being out of the hospital for a week.