Day 425: The Fatigue Gets Worse

For the first time all week I was able to get 7 hours of sleep last night and managed to only wake up once overnight.

When my alarm went off I turned it off wondering to myself why I had set my alarm for a Saturday morning before realizing that it was only Thursday. That was not a great way to start my day. 

The fatigue has continued to feel as though it is layering on top of itself each day. I had to drag myself out of bed this morning, something that is very unlike me normally. 

I only had a few meetings today so I used the rest of the day to try staying productive. I was easily distracted and wasn’t as productive as usual due to the fatigue but pushed through the day. 

When I came home from work I found a short HIIT workout on Greatist that I wanted to try. I didn’t want a long workout since I knew that it would be hard due to the fatigue from the chemo. 

Warm Up:

  • 100 jumping jacks

Main Set

  • Explosive Sumo Squats - 12 reps
  • Shoulder Tap Push-Ups - 12 reps
  • Burpees - 12 reps
  • Plank Pike - 12 reps
  • Lateral Jumps - 12 reps
  • Single-Arm Iso Hold - 3 reps per arm
  • Tuck Jump - 12 reps

AMRAP - 15 minutes

I was only able to complete one full round plus an additional set of sumo squats and the shoulder tap push-ups in the 15 minute allotment. 

I had to take several breaks throughout the workout but still pushed through. Though I was drenched in sweat and trying to catch my breath at the end of the workout, I know I could have completed more had I not been feeling so tired. 

Even though I didn’t accomplish as much as I thought I could, I am still happy that I went to the gym thus making another four workouts during this round of chemo. 

Tonight will be my last dose of chemo for this round. Usually it takes 1-2 days after a round finishes up for my body to be back at full strength so by Sunday I should be feeling completely better (e.g. no fatigue). 

Tomorrow we’re heading up Marin County to work for the day since we’re attending a private lunch with Chef Emeril Lagasse.  

The restaurant group that Laura works for partners with a book store to host private lunches and dinners for customers who purchase tickets when chefs are on book tours. 

It’ll be an awesome chance to meet a chef that I have been following since I was very young.