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 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 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 (still) Tuesday, day 12 After The News. But this is a special post because… The M&M Show Premiers! The M&M Show blog site is live! All of the posts up until this one are recreated from notes, emails, and some drafts I’ve been writing in anticipation of launching the site. Thankfully I acquired “the-mm.com”… Continue reading The M&M Show Premieres!
It’s Thursday, 7 days after The News. Ins & Outs With all the attention being paid to the exit side of my digestive system the intake side apparently felt a bit left out. This morning I woke with pain in one of my molars. From experience (I’ve had four root canals and an implant) it’s… Continue reading Ins & Outs
[This post was authored on July 28, but draws from texts, emails, and other sources in an attempt to best capture what I felt on July 15.] It’s colonoscopy day. I’ve been fasting for a day and last night had to do the first bowel prep. I’m told the one I’m using, Suprep, is the… Continue reading Lights! Camera! Tumor?