Infusion #5; Some non-chemo excitement; The Rube Goldbergism of side-effect management

It’s Saturday, 100(!) days ATN and 60 days into chemo. Infusion #5 has come and gone, and in its typical unpredictable way seemed better (as in milder side-effects) than infusion #4. Maybe it’s because during infusion #4 we were in a cold spell, which magnified the cold-induced neuropathy. At the moment it’s rainy and warm.… Continue reading Infusion #5; Some non-chemo excitement; The Rube Goldbergism of side-effect management

When every day is a bad hair day; Fall essentials when you’re on Oxaliplatin

It’s Saturday, 94 days ATN and 54 days into chemo. At least I think it is. On Thursday I spent most of the day thinking it was Friday. After walking to Costco I stopped by McDonald’s and was wondering why Free Fries Friday wasn’t showing up in the app. Oh well. I really just wanted… Continue reading When every day is a bad hair day; Fall essentials when you’re on Oxaliplatin

PET Scan Results: Seek And Ye Shall Find – Just Not What You’re Looking For

It’s Tuesday 68 days ATN and 28 days into chemo. PET Scan Results: Seek and ye shall find – just not what you’re looking for The PET/CT scan report came back on Thursday, a day later than expected. I suspect the radiologist was puzzling over the scans. As was I, which is why I waited… Continue reading PET Scan Results: Seek And Ye Shall Find – Just Not What You’re Looking For

The PET Food Diet; Scanning for PETs and C(A)Ts

It’s Thursday, 63 days ATN and 23 days since the start of chemo. At long last it’s time for the PET/C(A)T scan. Because, of course, it’s quite important to know if there are any dogs, fish, mice, or squirrels running around or in me. Cats apparently need a dedicated scan since they’re sneaky creatures and… Continue reading The PET Food Diet; Scanning for PETs and C(A)Ts

Infusion #2 – still sans chocolate; This porridge is too hot! This porridge is too cold!; Don’t drink that. It’s too healthy for you!

It’s Wednesday, 55 days ATN and 15 days since the start of chemo. I’m wearing the pump again but ordered a fanny pack off of Amazon so at least I can carry it around comfortably. The InfuSystem people who make the pump really have to upgrade their case! And once again no showers. One nurse… Continue reading Infusion #2 – still sans chocolate; This porridge is too hot! This porridge is too cold!; Don’t drink that. It’s too healthy for you!