Monday, August 25, 2008

Round three this week

Well, since the hospital stay last week, everything is going fairly good. Can't complain too much, except the hair on my head is falling out. It's pretty weird actually, it hasn't 100% come out, but there's only a few patches here and there. So, I just shaved it down all the way. Also, my facial hair almost completely fell out. I was in the shower, and while washing my face, half of my gotee came out in my hand. I thought "well, that's not cool." And of course, about 90% of it came out then, so I shaved the rest of it off, and haven't had to shave since. Kinda nice actually. But it just looks weird, to me anyways. And since I'm looking like Mr. Clean now, I've even had friends not even recognize me. I'm setting there waving or saying something, and they give that uncomfortable "hey" response, with the look on their face like "what's this wierdo want?" You all know what I'm talking about, we've all been there. I just laugh.

I started my third round of treatment today, another three days of setting here for hours on end. I had my checkup CT scan, to make sure the cancer is responding to the chemo, and thankfully it is. Which means the cancer is on it's way out again. So, everything is still on track for me to get the stem-cell transplant on time. Which that should start in about three weeks or so. The doctor asked me if I was nervous about it, and I told her I wasn't, but that I just wanted to hurry up and get this over with. I'm tired of being so worn down.

As far as non-cancer related news, I'm moving to another apartment this week. It's the same apartment complex, just moving to a 1st floor apartment. That 3rd floor is really getting to be a pain to walk up and down to all the time. Just need to finish packing, and I'll be ready to go. Almost seems like a waist of time to have to pack everything up, because I'm just moving across the parking lot. But it's been good to go through everything and weed some stuff out that's just taking up space.

Well, not much else to report on, I guess. I attached a picture I just took during chemo this morning, so you'll be able to recognize me. I won't dime anyone out for not recognizing me up until now, but after this, no excuses! Just kidding. Hope everyone is doing good. You all have been in my thoughts and prayers.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I'm outta here, the hospital that is

Well, I'm finally getting discharged. I'm feeling good, and no sign of fever or infection. They don't really even know what happened. Just some type of infection that got in, and did it's thing. Good news is that I'm better, and getting out of this boring place. Everything went good though, I can't complain. All the nurses were good, and nice. Just the food needs a lot of work. ;-) So, as soon as I get home, I get to come right back for chemo. Yee ha. I guess it's alright though. I would rather try to stay as close to schedule with that as I can. I'm only a few days off, so treatment won't really change too much, if at all. So, I'm going to get ready to get out of here. Thanks to everyone that visited, emailed, called and especially prayed. It definitely helps break the monotony of setting here bored for hours on end.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I'm in the hospital again

Well, yesterday was my first chemo of round 2. Treatment went ok, and got home around 2 pm. Around 4 pm or so, I was feeling fairly bad with a fever, headache, having a hard time breathing., and some other stuff. So, I checked my temperature, and it was 101. I took some Tylenol, and an hour later, my temp. was up to 103. So, I went to the emergency room, and they did a ton of tests. Haven't found what's going on yet. I'm going to be here for at least 2 days, at least that's what they are saying. They think it may be some type of infection, but haven't been able to figure out what it is, or where it started at. So, here I am in the hospital trying to stay at least a little bit awake. I'll post again when I find something out.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

1st round of chemo down

Hi Everyone,
My first round of chemotherapy is over with. Treatment started Monday, 28 July, with 3 days of chemo. Then starting the next Monday, each day for 5 days I had to get a shot of Neupogen, basically a white blood cell booster. These shots will sometimes make your bones hurt, because it's basically making your bone marrow work a little harder to produce more blood cells. But I didn't have any pain what-so-ever. So I've been pretty lucky as far as that. Overall, I'm feeling pretty good. I haven't been getting very sick, just a little upset stomach and a wierd, metallic taste in my mouth. Strange, but it went away after a few days. And the upset stomach is easily remedied with a medication called compazine. So, as far as the rest of the treatment, everything seems to be on track. I should be starting round 2 of 3 this coming monday. It depends on whether my blood counts are high enough or not. But they should be fine. If everything stays on track, I should be doing the stem-cell transplant in mid-september. As far as I know, anyways.
Other than that, everything is the same for the most part. I'll be moving to a 1st floor apartment at the end of the month, which will be a God-send. I'm getting so sick of going up and down those 2 flights of stairs. But other than that, life is pretty much the same.