Monday, July 30, 2007

Chemo is boring

Well, it kinda is. The actual process of getting the chemo. All you do is sit there while they inject the chemo in. It doesn't hurt or anything, don't even feel it. The only thing I don't like is the saline flushes they have to do between each drug. For some odd reason, a lot of people taste or smell the saline. I smell it. It's nasty, like getting a big shot of sea water up the nose. But the actual process of chemo is pretty much just sitting there. I have a portable dvd player which helps, but I feel rude when the nurse is doing something, and I'm just sitting there watching my movie. So, I'll pause it and speak to them. Sometimes they talk back, sometimes they don't. Whatever.

It seems like this last chemo, I got sick right away. It usually takes a few days for the nausea to come on, but this time was different. It may be because I didn't eat anything before hand. Who knows. I was suppose to get my PET scan tomorrow, but the machine broke down. Now it's going to be another week until they can get it done. I want to get it done and over with just to see what progress I'm making. I was suppose to have it done last week, but the hospital visit canceled that. O'well, I can be patient for another week.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Interesting Past Few Days

Well, the past few days have been interesting. I just spent those days in the hospital. I had another blood clot, and part of it moved to my lung. Yep, a pulmonary embolism. It wasn't a bad one, but it could have been. I was short of breath all the time, and my left calf was hurting for a few days until I finally went to the doctor. I knew I had a blood clot, but didn't even thing about the lung part. I was taking a blood thinner medicine, Coumadin, but apparently sometimes when one is on chemo-therapy, it gets canceled out. So, even though I was taking the medicine, it wasn't doing what it was suppose to. Now I have to take a shot in the stomach every day while I'm doing chemo. Which will be another 3-4 months. yay.

I'm back home now, which is a good thing. I was bored out of my mind while there. The television only had a few good channels to watch, and it was one of those remote control things that only had one button to change the channel. So, if you accidentally went past your channel, opps, gotta go through every channel again to get back to it. I took a book to read, but didn't have a small light to read with. Either the large overhead light, or nothing. Well, I should stop complaining. My stay did go good, considering the circumstances.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Another Chemo done with

Well, chemo #4 is done for. Seems like I started getting sick sooner this time. And of course the medicine they gave me to begin with isn't working too well this time around. I have some other medicine that does the trick, so I guess I'll be taking that from now on. And I'm noticing that when I'm not feeling good, it seems like time just drags along at work. Probably a combination of not feeling good and being really bored.

Over the past few weeks I'm noticing I've been extremely tired, or get tired very quick. I went to the golf driving range, and when I was done I had to take a nap for about 2 hours. haha. I mentioned this to the doctor, and they said it's to be expected. It may even get worse. I guess I see now why a lot of people going through cancer quit their jobs. I don't have a choice though. I have to work, that's all there is to it. At least everyone at my work is willing to help me out. That means a lot.

I know I keep saying this, but thanks to everyone that's been praying for me, and keeping in contact. It helps to know my friends are out there pulling for me. God bless you all.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Chemo #3 in the books

Chemo #3 is down in the books. Nothing to much to write about other than a little bit of heartburn. And my appetite has gone down some, but that happens for the first few days afterwards anyways. And concentrating has become something that's a little harder than normal. My hair started falling out the other week, so I went ahead and shaved my head. Doesn't look bad, actually. The strange thing is none of my facial hair or body hair has fallen out. Which might be a good thing, cause I don't want to go around with legs smoother than a girls. haha. Well, I need to get going and eat something. Have to stay ahead with the nausea medicine, or else I'll get really sick. Made that mistake once, not again.