Chemo therapy is like surfing great waves. One moment you are flying high, full of excitement
Then you struggle for days to get back up on the crest.
I typically lose 3 pounds in the 2 or 3 days following the chemo therapy injection and it normally takes me the rest of the week to gain it back. I am fortunate that I have no nausea and I have my hair.
Unfortunately, I get severe stomach cramps and extreme fatigue. On the brighter side, I only have 13 more sessions to go, but
I’d rather be wrestling alligators.
(a note from Terry)
Only 13 more chemo therapy sessions to go, hallelujah!
The first five sessions were not that horrible unless one enjoys having steroids and gemcetabine jammed into their bloodstream via an intravenous feeding tube with a Nazi nurse administering the formula at the other end. Then to top it off, one gets to be curled up in a ball with abdominal cramps for two consecutive days.
Actually, the nurses are quite personable and the steroids apparently allow one’s body to accept the cancer fighting chemicals without too much resistance or an immediate drug reaction. Gene and I have made these chemo-sessions into kind of a “date” in that I pack a picnic lunch for Gene, we share intimate conversations (as we can’t talk very loudly in front of the other 14 patients) and I read books to him. As I stated in a March blog, we read “No Easy Day” by Mark Owen about the capture of Osama Bin Laden as told by a Navy Seal. Some of the e-books that we have read and enjoyed are; “A Convenient Solution” by Trevor Whitton , (a 13th century murder mystery), “The Poor Rich Man” by Mary Rhienhart (a well written story about a humble yet very powerful man in the early 20th century.
We have just completed and given a ‘two-thumbs-up’ to a murder mystery written by Vincent M. Lutterbie; “After The Facts, An After Cofman Mystery”. It was an entertaining read about a rookie private investigator and his first case. One of my favorite and most memorable lines from the story was; “He was so straight arrow that he made me quiver.” This is funny if you get the point.
At this particular time of our lives, I have to agree with Groucho Marx who coyly stated; “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend; inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”
When Gene is riding the “crest”, he manages to transact some business. I am SO looking forward to transforming our dining room into an RF testing station
so that we can actually work from home. I hope we get the order.
Most of my time has been spent at home in the kitchen, in the garden and in front of my computer. I have made some new friends:
The Vitamix is also my friend as I use the this blender at least twice day and the Smoothie of the Month is:
- 4.5 oz Coconut Milk (about 1/3 can) 217 calories
- 1 scoop Natural 100% Whey Protein 100 calories
- ½ each Banana (frozen) 50 calories
- ½ cup Pineapple (frozen) 50 calories
- 6 each Coconut Water Ice Cubes 20 calories
- 1 tsp Coconut Nectar 20 calories
Total delicious calories: 457
And finally, the Word of the day:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13