Long-term Maintenance = Active Cancer Treatment
Methotrexate reminds me that Isa is a cancer patient.
For the most part she has tolerated the medications well, but today I see the ramifications of treatment. Small bruises pop up here and there. Isa complained of a mouth sore. The mucosal linings are damaged by the drugs, so nose bleeds, bleeding in the intestinal tract or at the anus are common. The hardness or softness of the stools can be a big issue.
Everyday that I spend with her I am grateful, but yesterday as she sort of hobbled slowly over to the car door for some unknown reason, I was reminded of her smooth hairless head, rounded belly and weak legs. I told myself, “You may be irritated with her moving slowly, but BE PATIENT, remember she could be so much worse.”
The first day or two after her 100% dosage of methotrexate causes her some tiredness as well as the conditions I mentioned above.
On top of all the regular medication side effects, Isa has coughed, and coughed over the past few days. I have no idea why. She has very little nasal drainage and no looseness in her lungs. You tell me. I call it Leukemia cough.
Thanks for reading, keep the prayers coming, we’re still using them everyday.