Saturday, April 13, 2013

Time Flying?

Thank goodness time is flying by now. I haven't posted for like 10 days!? Week 3 is almost over, at least that's how it feels, and the past two chemo reactions have not been as tough as that first week. I still spend a day - or three - in bed, but I don't feel as bad. And this week, the meds seem to be working as well as they ever have. Good news!

But I am pretty tired. So this is gonna be short. Thanks for asking, everything is okay. I'm all used to the picc line now and pretty happy about not needing to be needled all the time. Side effects have been mostly minor, except for all the tiredness I have. And I find it hard to look at the computer screen. So... haven't watched many movies. The days can pass slowly.

The big challenge now is to keep my weight up. That's right, apparently weight loss is a no-no for a patient on chemo and radiation. One's ability to maintain weight is linked to a better prognosis and stuff. I've been going home the day after chemo (so good) but if I lose more weight this week they're gonna try to keep me at the hospital longer. To make sure I eat. Which is funny because just thinking about the hospital makes me wanna toss. The words 'hospital food' are banned in our home. Joshua has figured out how to feed me stuff I will eat. So to stay at the hospital would be counter-productive, in our view. Luckily, we ran into Dr. Marnitz (the lady in charge) and told her what was up. She was like, 'yeah, I can understand that.' And she called Dr. Hipste-I mean Dr. Exner to tell him that it's probably better if I go home. We'll see. They made us buy a scale and I have to track my weight this week, no lying. I mean, I am trying but it is not as easy as it may sound to get your weight to go up when you like eating a healthy diet.

Yesterday I sent Joshua out for a pint of chocolate Haagen-Dazs to help the cause. I think that's probably the silliest thing ever, but we're trying. Also, I didn't take my nausea medicine quickly enough and ended up spewing the half-pint I ate anyway. So much for that attempt. We don't have a freezer, so it's important to just eat it when it arrives.

Anyway, these are the daily trials and tribulations, and they only last for two more weeks. I can't believe it. It feels like I can do it and get through it. One last fun tid-bit that you probably don't want to know: the location where the radiation is administered is subject to hair loss. So, no troubles with the hair on my head from chemo buuuut...


  1. Sending you lots of love from NYC, Ramona & Joshua! We wish you were nearer by so we could bring you shakes. Can we send you anything? XX Katie & Nick

  2. Let me know if you want me to send you some Ensure, they make shake drinks and also pudding. It helps my grandma keep up her weight.

    1. yeah, they have a similar product here and I'm trying to get into it. maybe I just haven't had the right flavor yet... had one that made me totally sick - like a green apple jolly rancher but with protein. bleagh.