Thursday, December 7, 2017

A Rough Week

I've been galloping along going to my Opdivo treatments every two weeks for my Lung Cancer AND going to my BCG treatments for my Bladder Cancer every week.  This week proved to be much more of a struggle.

The treatment for Bladder Cancer is very irritating to your bladder.  There are several know side effects and this past week, I've had the feeling each day the side effects were getting worse.  So much so, that the night before my next treatment, I was waking up every 20 to 30 minutes with an extreme urgency to pee.  I would get up - blindly walk into the bathroom - and maybe 3 drops!  By the time my head hit my pillow, I think I was passed out that quickly, but would soon awaken to repeat this sequence of events.  This went on alllllllll night.  By the time I got to my Urologist office, I felt like a zombie.

Prior to each treatment, the nurse does a urine test.  As I was describing to her how my side effects have continued to worsen over the past week, she determined I had  a Urinary Tract Infection and a Kidney Infection.  WHAT??? I've never in my life had a Urinary Tract Infection.

I felt so stupid.  Had I known or given my symptoms a second thought I would have realized this is not normal.  Now I know!! Due to the infection, my BCG treatment was cancelled and it looks like next Tuesday's will be cancelled as well - they won't do the treatment unless everything checks out okay in your urine sample.

So here I am, 48 hours later, still in pain, still having these horrible issues and still waiting for the culture results to come in.......Soon, please soon :)