Getting juiced with chemo was at all what I thought it would be. During the 7 hours I was there, I was only getting the actual chemo drugs for 2-2.5 hours. Before and after, I was getting pumped with fluids, vitamins, medication, and steroids to help my body process everything. Lindsay was with me until lunch time, which was amazing… well… because she’s AMAZING! We had an appointment with my Oncologist where we were able to ask some long-standing questions. Love the guy, he even sent Craig an email (the Dr. Craig Somethingrather who is Lance Armstrong’s Oncologist that my Dr. went to medical school with in Portland) about my treatment plans which are pretty standard just in case Craig had some new/interesting ideas.
So I basically sat around all day with an amazing view, supported by an amazing wife, with amazing nurses, and an amazingly large number of trips to the bathroom to pee (11 in total in case you were wondering… it’s ok, I know you were). I got my IV put in first thing, and it was actually rather difficult, as my veins were nervous, not to mention it was buried under a forrest of hair. I’ve still got the IV in, so we don’t have to replace it tomorrow. On thursday morning I’m having an IV port surgically implanted in my chest, to make everything easier. I’ll do that bright and early before I start chemo, and then after that, I’ve got a lung test. Thursday will be a long day.
How am I feeling?
I’m exhausted right now. Once I got home around 4pm it really started to hit me. Not terrible, but my stomach and head where getting overwhelmed. So I’ve just been laying down in the living room trying to hang with the fam. During the chemo and after, I’ve felt a little fuzzy in the mind, but honestly, I’m REALLY behind on sleep. I haven’t slept great since I heard chemo was coming to town. However, my goal is to be asleep in 20 minutes, and I’ve got the drugs to make it happen!
I’m feeling worse than I anticipated, but I had high hopes of feeling almost perfect. So, ignorance on my part, but I’m sure the worst is yet to come.
Lindsay is doing great, but it’s a lot of work wrestling our two fireballs. Continue to pray for peace and patiences for all of us, and for understanding.
Support from others.
I won’t be able to say it enough during this process, but the support we are receiving, via text, facebook, phone calls, skype, visits, gift cards, enormous piles of cash (not yet, but it’s always welcome!), is incredible. It mean a lot to know that people are praying for us, and beyond that, that people care about us. So, thank you. Thank you, and THANK YOU!