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
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
It’s Sunday, 88 days ATN and 48 days into chemo. I’ve been reminded that I haven’t posted in a couple weeks and some of you are wondering how the journey goes. So here goes… When No News is Good News Well, at least in this case No News Is Good News. Infusion #4 took place… Continue reading When No News is Good News; So what’s a “normal” cycle?
It’s Friday, 71 days ATN and 31 days into chemo. It’s been an eventful couple days! The visits to the PAMF infusion clinic are starting to become routine. Arrive. Get pumped full of drugs while working a bit. Get hooked up to the pump that’ll deliver the 5FU for the next 46 hours and leave.… Continue reading Infusion #3 and a visit to Stanford ER
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
It’s Sunday, 66 days ATN and 26 days since the start of chemo. I think I’ve finally recovered from the last infusion round, which may have been a double whammy of “chemo flu” on days 3-5 and “keto flu” on days 7-9. Maybe the next post will be about the “Cheetos flu.” Since I’m feeling… Continue reading Daruma: The Cancer Treatment Mascot
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
It’s Sunday, 59 ATN and 19 days since the start of chemo. It’s been quite a weekend. Or perhaps quite a non-weekend since I spent a good chunk of it sleeping. Its hard to say if the side-effects are worse this time around, but on Friday and Saturday it definitely felt as if I was… Continue reading Infusion #2 Side Effects
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!
It’s Wednesday, 48 days ATN (After The News) and 8 days after infusion #1. I feel pretty much normal again. Well, as in “normal” before the first infusion. I woke up a little before 8 AM, which is Not Normal. You know you’ve been going to the dentist far too frequently when the receptionist recognizes… Continue reading That not usual jaw pain; Does blood count?