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Recovery Take Two

Today is my birthday and I am feeling good.  So good, in fact, that I am getting ready to head into S.F. to see The Nutcracker with Nurse Susan.  It is an annual tradition for us; one I thought might have to be cancelled.  It’s our first “date night” in months and both of us are REALLY looking forward to it.

So what’s been happening?  I sent an email reply to many of you on Thursday Dec 6 following my LAST! day of chemo. I said I was doing well, and I was. Truly. At least I thought I was. Things turned iffy that Friday, and by Saturday  food, water, and meds were challenging.  By Sunday last week, all bets were off.  We knew that because I fainted, hit the wall, slid to the floor, and gave Nurse Susan a bit of a scare as she tried to bring me back to “this” world.  We spent Sunday night in ER; diagnosis: severe dehydration.  I spent much of last week getting fluids my least favorite way — sitting in a chair at Kaiser with an IV pumping it in.  2 liters on Sunday. 2 liters on Monday. 2 liters on Tuesday.

Last Wednesday evening I started to turn a corner.  I’m still getting “insurance” hydration (got 2 bags yesterday and have a couple of sessions lined up for next week).  Whew!  I am feeling much better.

Thank you once again for your prayers, your friendship, and your support.  I try to send a note in response to the comments you post, but I think I may have missed a few.  If I missed yours, my apologies!

I am now CANCER FREE and I feel blessed to have friends and family such as yourselves.  Have a fun week!

Oh, now you tell me!

Nurse Susan and I met with my oncologist on Tuesday, 11/27, and we asked him why the last chemo cycle (3 days) was SO HARD compared to the previous two (6 days each) that I tolerated so well. We figured fewer days meant fewer side effects. Not so (as we now know only too well).  It turns out that with concurrent radiation, my chemo drugs (cisplatin, aka “Mr. Nasty” and etoposide) are administered over a longer window of time.  On their own, the full punch is packed into 3 days.  Oh.  Moving on to question 2 then: what the hell can we do about the negative impact????!!!!  More meds! I have been taking meds for a week to prepare my body for the next onslaught of toxic chemicals on Monday, 12/3. Hopefully, these medical jewels will work wonders and I can sail right thru it — then, Nurse Susan and I can be on our way in life.

A side note here:  This month we had to wish our cat, Jeff, a good journey as he headed off to become an angel cat. We lost him much too early, but we sure enjoyed the last 8 years with this guy.  He greeted us at the door. He responded to a whistle. He left his toys as gifts at our bedroom door. We will miss him.

Have a fun week everyone, and thanks once again (and again) for your kind thoughts, prayers and support.