We are gearing up for more chemo. In two days- this Friday- I will go to our local hospital the get my “labs” done. (Blood draw and urine sample!) The lab will fax those results to my oncologist. Then, Monday morning, we will head out to that very same oncologist. She will give me a physical and evaluate the lab results. Assuming everything is within acceptable levels, we will then head to the other side of the oncology center for the infusion. This will be the full-blown one, with both meds. It takes longer and has more of an impact on me than the middle week of the cycle. Getting back on chemo after a month off is a mixed bag. One the one hand, I KNOW it is having at least SOME positive impact on the cancer- a good thing. On the other hand, I know the side effects are coming.
So, after almost a month off, where do I stand? Well, on the down side, the fatigue and the neuropathy are no better than they have been. The appetite is still non-existent. And the ability to taste is still NEARLY non-existent. I still am weak in the arms and legs, hands and feet…especially the legs. (Stairs are a TON of fun!) On the upside, my wife and I both notice that I am MUCH more talkative- a sign that, in some ways, I feel ”better”. With the weather warmer, I am taking the dog out more and more, which gives me more exercise than I had during this past wicked winter!
The thing about this particular upcoming cancer treatment center visit is that it happens to fall on a very important date- April 29th. That day is a VERY important one for my wife and me. It is not only her birthday, but it is also the anniversary of our first date! Back on April 29th, 1977, I invited her out to the opening night of the school musical- Oliver! I was a part of the cast. After the show, we went to a local restaurant, where we shared an order of sautéed mushrooms and had a small cake (still partially frozen!) that I had arranged ahead of time!
The staff at the oncology center has become like family to us- we have been going there for almost two years now. Most of them know us by name. The chemo techs spend so much time with us when we are there that they ask things like, “how are your boys doing?” So, since we have to spend such an important day in OUR lives getting chemo, we are taking a sheet cake with us so that the staff can share the day with us!!
I have NO idea how long their average patient comes to the center. I DO know that NO ONE thought we specifically would still be coming there almost 2 years after my diagnosis. That has developed a strong bond with them that we will celebrate in the midst of everything else on Monday!
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