Today was spent largely in sleep. Something I have been lacking prior to the treatment because of the pain.
I have had a slight bit of queasiness – wouldn’t even call it nausea. However, the awesome medical staff is very quick to provide me with some meds to address it before it gets worse. Continue reading
At around 11 PM Wednesday, March 2, 2016 we began the first round of the Dose-Controlled EPOCH chemotherapy. This is the first of 4 bags that will require 24 hours each for the total infusion to occur. As I write this at a little before midnight on Thursday (3/3), the first sets of bags have completed, I’ve showered, and the second set of bags (out of four series of bags) have been installed and are flowing the chemicals through my body.
I am to avoid contact with others during and two days after the infusion. Apparently, the body sweats off the chemo that is absorbed, making it toxic to others who come in contact with it. This means I cannot sleep in the same bed as my wife during this treatment and I cannot have direct contact with anyone during this time. Fortunately, she is able to stay in my hospital room with me. Some research suggests that having a family member stay with a patient often speeds recovery and improves recovery levels. I certainly believe they are on to something. It has been such a comfort and blessing to have her here with me throughout this process. Continue reading
He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.
March 3 was my first full day of chemo. I walked the hall several times, sat in the family room and played Skip-Bo and had some visitors. I felt good, had very little pain, and a huge appetite.
So, let me see if I can count my blessings from March 3, 2016:
– My wife is able to stay with me during the treatment — what a comfort and help she has been!
– I haven’t experienced any negative affects of the chemo so far. In fact, the pain level from the cancer appears to be reducing, which was an anticipated result once the chemo started attacking the cancer. Continue reading