Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A busy week - or - Chemo for Christmas

I now know how I reacted to the first chemo treatment, and am wondering if the same thing will happen this time. I expect it will not be that different, though it may be a bit better. With treatments every two weeks or so, I'm finding only about a day and a half of being really out of it. Fortunately for me it is more fatigue than nausea. Sleeping is the easiest was to push through the ill effects!

Last time I had chemo on Friday and felt fine. I had the pump hooked up when I left, continuing treatment for another 48 hours. Saturday I felt ok as well. Maybe a bit tired, but no big deal. It was the day of the snow storm, and I was out snowblowing and driving around. No problems, but I did probably overexert. That won't happen this time, and that may make things better this time. Sunday I was out of it - major fatigue. I spent most of the day in bed, on the sofa, trying to be part of things, but generally failing.

Monday was a somewhat groggy day, but much better. Tuesday was the first day I drove around, and things kept getting better each day.

So, this week I pick up my daughter Julia tomorrow the 22nd. On the 23rd I will have my second chemo treatment. My in-laws arrive on the 24th, with more friends and family coming for dinner on Christmas. But if the pattern holds, the 25th is the day I'll be most out of it - in bed and totally fatigued. Oh well... It will still be a great party, and I'll enjoy what I can of it!

This cycle should repeat every two weeks or so. After six treatments, in mid-February, we will rescan and see if the tumors have gotten bigger, smaller, or stayed the same. Then we discuss the next steps. I may not have much to post until then. Of course if there is news I will share it with friends and family through phone calls and this blog.

And I want to thank everyone for the offers of assistance over the last weeks. It seems like everyone likes to snowblow! Rest assured we will take people up on their kind offers when we need help.

Happy Holidays!
Chris and Julia


Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to hear that the chemo is not having some of the horrible effects that it has on many people. And I'm so glad you posted again. I was getting a bit worried here!

Please pamper yourself whenever you can and sleep as much as you need to.

-Jon B.

Pat said...

You can keep the snow out there. Its cold here but so far no snow. Hope the chemo goes better this time. We are all praying for you here in the east. Our love to all.
Aunt Pat and Uncle Neil