Yeah, so, round three of AC is complete. This means I’ve got one more round of AC, and then I move into weekly doses of taxol. Wheee!
Weekly doses of a chemo drug sounds terrible, but multiple doctors have told me that the T in ACT is easier to handle than the AC, so I’m strangely looking forward to it. I’m just ready for all of it to be over, but I need to be patient. I’ve got an entire summer of T to deal with.
So, to help me deal with the nausea, the nurses at Kaiser finally talked me into trying acupuncture. Even though acupuncture is free through Kaiser, I was being resistant. I had a ton of excuses.
- “Ugh. I’m tired of getting poked with needles.”
- “I don’t want to haul my ass to Kaiser when I don’t have to.”
- “It’s just one more thing to deal with, and I don’t want to deal with it.”
- “This ‘Law & Order’ marathon isn’t going to watch itself.”
The anti-nausea drugs have been working. The days following chemotherapy have been vomit-free, but there is still a queasiness in my stomach that doesn’t really go away. I was talking to a nurse about it, and she talked me into trying it. And by “talked me into” I mean, she kinda bullied me into it, and then just signed me up.
I was pretty nervous about it. No one wants to get poked with needles. I guess I had nervous written all over my face, because when I walked in the acupuncturist immediately put me at ease. He told me I wouldn’t even feel the needles, and he was right.
Look at all those needles! I didn’t feel them at all. He put them in, and I just chilled out in a recliner for 25 minutes. It was very relaxing. It’s kinda like when you paint your nails and it forces you to sit still while it dries – except instead of wet nails you have needles sticking out of your skin.
When he removed them he asked me how I felt, and – damn – if the queasiness wasn’t gone. I know that some folks don’t think acupuncture works, and maybe it’s all psychological, but it totally worked, you guys. I’m in. I’m signed up for another round on Monday, and I think I’m going to keep going through the 12 weeks of taxol.
What do you guys think? Acupuncture: Weird or not weird?