Health this week has improved. I would say that I am now back where I was before the chemotherapy started. My mucositis is in retreat and the colic is manageable. The diarrhea has abated. The only problem is that I can't sleep more than about 3 hours at night, which is why I am up typing at 1 am. Last night I got up at 4 am having lain awake for an hour without resting. It does mean I can get on with CLL8 and enables me to write poetry. I tell you, Coleridge, opium has nothing on dexamethasone.
Is the chemotherapy working? It is really too soon to tell. unlike CLL, the adenocarcinoma response to chemotherapy is more measured and I shall know whether I am better in about three months. I certainly don't want to stop the steroids until I have some sign that things are improving.
I restart the infusions on Saturday, but I hope that I will be better prepared to jump in with remedies for the side effects this time. I still have my hair.