Thursday, July 23, 2009

Chemo Side Effects

They say I'll hurt
in most available spots.
My hair will thin or fall out
and blood sugar spikes will require shots.
There might be pesky rashes
even a bout of hives or two
and don't forget to drink and drink
to pee almost on cue.
My hands will dry out
and my nails curl up and split,
I'll feel tingling in my fingertips.
My back will definitely be sore
hips and thighs too;
I'll grab for anti-nausea pills
and be grateful if my stomach
doesn't send me rushing to the loo.
"Call if there's a fever of 1.5
you throw up too much
or break out with a hive."
Well I stopped the diarrhea
and the chills and fever traded off and on
my hair fell out in one week flat
and I now own hats, scarves and wigs to don.
It's a roller coaster of daily ups and downs
but I'm still on the ride
with a few additional moaning sounds.
I've learned I can face each day
some are better than the rest
but two more treatments
and the birds...well they got my hair to build their nests.

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