Wonderful,wonderful day. But it didn’t start out quite so great. I woke up about 2:00 am and my head felt weird. Can’t describe it, just knew something wasn’t right. Didn’t worry much about it. Just went back to sleep. When I finally got out of bed at 7:30 to head for the bathroom, I found out something really was wrong. I was so off balance, so dizzy I was bouncing off furniture on my way across the room. Oops…this was NOT good. It wasn’t vertigo. And there wasn’t any nausea. It was as if I were very drunk (not that I would know what that felt like…oh wait, maybe I would know what that was like) Anyway, I concentrated very hard on making it to the bathroom without killing myself and then went into another room to (what else does anyone do when something weird happen) google “dizziness as a chemo effect”. Sure enough, it can happen…especially with oxalyplatin which I’ve been having. Or it could be just that I’m dehydrated and need more water.
A bit scary for poor Jerry who watched me weave my way down the hall bumping into the wall and holding onto the bannister for dear life going down for breakfast. Shower was a challenge…best to just lean against the wall and not bend over to pick up the facecloth that was was down to low to reach.
We went ahead with out plans for a trip to Galveston. I’ll say up front, it is NOT the best beach town in the world (run down, tired) nor is it the best beach in the world (Florida has those) but honestly ,it was a heavenly day. We walked on the beach (not too far since I needed to hold on to Jerry not to fall over), sat on a sea wall and watched huge ships coming in and going out, had a fabulous lunch at Fisherman’s Wharf (down by the cruise ships) poked around some shop, stopped to visit a gorgeous church (and crashed a wedding) and then headed back home. It was warm enough to be on the beach without our winter jackets (had on a sweater and fleece) and to eat outside. The weather forecast was for clouds, possible rain later in the afternoon but we saw lots of blue skies and sun. Just lucky,I guess.
I’m better…not perfect but not so bad as I was this morning. I probably could pass the “walk on this line” drunk test they give to drivers (do they still do that) if I concentrated really hard. I can get from one room to another without holding onto the wall…Maybe by tomorrow I’ll be able to walk and chew gum at the same time but don’t count on it.
I’m drinking lots of water. If the dizziness keeps up, I’ll check with the doctor or nurse on Monday when I go in for chemo. Actually it’s been one of my funnier side effects but it’s not so funny. If it keeps up, it means I can’t drive. Not a good thing!
Next field trip…NASA (Houston we have a problem) Some day next week or the week after. It’s going to get cold and I hear a lot is outside so we need weather that is at least 55 and NO WIND!
By the way, I love my new laptop. How else could I write a blog post lying on the couch while Jerry watches college football?