Alyssa...first off, I'm so sorry for what you're facing right now. It's not an easy ride, I know. I have read everyone's answers here and I think everyone is just so great on this site for support and friendship through the hardships of Lung Cancer.
I really think that it's a combination of the meds and depression. Depression causes huge fatigue. Always remember, keeping asking the docs until you get a straight answer. The thing I found with my dad was some docs give you the run around and you just have to keep pushing for the answer that solves your problem.
My dad didn't have the sleepiness but he was "body" tired. He just kind of sat around and didn't want to walk to much etc.
Keep us posted...we're all here to help.
My Daddy, 63 years young.
April 2008/He has Bronchitis type symptoms. We think it's the Flu because both dad and I had the same flu. Mine goes away and his lingers...
May2008/Given antibiotics for "Bronchitis"..few weeks later, still wont go away. Goes in for X-rays, nothing shows up...given more antibiotics.
June2008/"Bronchitis" still there...goes for more x-rays and shows cloudy spot. Goes for Broncoscopy, Bone Marrow and CT Scan tests.
July 7 2008/Results: Diagnosis of SCLC stage IIIB, brain, throat and stomach are CLEAR. (by this time his coughing attacks are violet)
July25,2008/First round of Chemo...three consecutive days at about 2 hours each.
August 12,2008/blood work and X-rays done...Tumor has significantly decreased in size.
August15,2008/Second Round of Chemo. Developing an allergic reaction and they need to give him Benedryl before they proceed...all goes well.
He is now in between chemos and is very tired.
Aug 25th,2008/Follow-up CT Scan taken...
Aug 27th,2008/CT Scan results show great decrease of tumors in lungs BUT....Fluid build-up in one lung.
August 29th,2008/Hospitalized for about a week to drain fluid out.
August 30th,2008/Drainage of Lung...very painful but it's now over with. Doing great so far...waiting for him to heal. Chemo postponed by a week to allow full recovery.
September 2008 - Has his third round of chemo. Everything is going very smoothly, dad has even taken up walking around the neighborhood, up hills, down hills exercising his lungs.
October 2008 - Has last round of chemo and an appointment scheduled for radiation. 15 sessions preventative to the brain and throat. So far so good...
November 24, 2008 - Dad walks into room saying he's having shortness of breath. We all think it's just another complication of the chemo. Taken to hospital and put on antibiotics treating him for developing pneumonia. We take him home and his breathing gets worse and is not improving. We take dad to emergency where they put him on a ventilator.
November 25, 2008 - Dad's condition worsens. We don't know where this all came from. The doctors say there is nothing more they could do. :O( Saddest day of my life.
November 26, 2008 - As a last request dad wanted radiation and then wanted to just go home (he hated hospitals!) Dad gets his blast of radiation. By this point he is struggling to take one breath. Gets sedated and transported home.
November 27, 2008 2:16am - Dad passes away in his own bed with his family around him.
"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning,
but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”