October! Apple picking, halloween, pumpkin patches, crisp fall air. I typically love this time of year. Except that I’m now definitely into round 3 and I’m slogging through this thing.
Saturday I woke up really bloated. My normal weight is about 144. I got a shock when I stepped on the scale and it read 152 – up 8 lbs literally overnight – my highest reading yet. Then Sunday, 154! My face has been flushed and swollen. It’s obvious this liquid is retaining in my skin, belly and joints. Continue reading Chemolog: day 55
The round 3 chemo infusion was the smoothest yet. I had a new nurse and she was great. The whole affair took about 4 hours. Now that I know what to expect I’m a fair bit more relaxed about the whole thing. Also they made an exception where I could have 2 friends (vs just 1) sitting with me – Geoff and Abe – which helped. Continue reading Round 3 recap
Chemo round 3 is tomorrow morning.
The past week has offered some much needed respite. I’ve been feeling strong and reasonably healthy. The G-CSF injections have been working; I’ve been able to fight a pretty significant bronchial infection on my own. There were some touch-and-go moments as I did have light fever about a week ago but it never exceeded the 100.4 degree threshold that requires an ER visit. But that’s now gone, just an innocuous dry cough remains. Continue reading Chemo round 3 tomorrow
I’ve been taking time off work for the past few months to focus on cancer treatment. Healing is my singular goal in life. If all goes perfectly g-d willing I’ll be done with all this by end of December. That I could have such a tight timeline on something like this still blows me away. Continue reading On focus
The past two days have been awful. Much worse than the first round. Last night I didn’t sleep. I’ve been having severe headaches for the past few days. At one point I was literally sitting up in bed just punching the mattress in vain attempts to deal with the waves of pain shooting through the top of my head. Continue reading On self-injections
Round 2 was fairly smooth. I was less preoccupied and had more going on this time around me. It’s been a few days since the infusion and I feel pretty good. Based on the first round all this is the prednisone talking and I’ll likely start getting super fatigued in a few days. Here’s what made the infusion experience better. Continue reading Chemo round 2 recap
I’ve been meeting with and talking to many cancer survivors lately. It’s inspiring and confidence building to speak directly with people that have gone through the fire. But as I hear more success stories I’m left with mixed emotions. Continue reading Oscillations
I’ve been back home since Saturday pm. I slept all Sunday and most of Monday. As of Tuesday I’ve been feeling mostly back to normal. Continue reading Back from the hospital – neutrophil counts back up
I thought I was in the clear. It had been about 14 days, 2 weeks exactly post-infusion and I was feeling strong, close to normal. I even worked out in the morning. Hours later I was in the ER being told I might die. Continue reading An ER visit – neutropenic fever
I pulled out the clippers. I don’t need hair where I’m going. And why hold onto it anyway – it’s just going to fall out sooner or later. Last thing I need is clumps of hair coming out of my head. So I decided to shave it off in one decisive moment. This’ll happen on my terms. Continue reading Burn the boats, cut the hair