Recovery – Booooring!

I’ve been out of the hospital for just under 2 weeks. Every day I feel better and can see signs of improvement. I’m stronger, my incision hurts less but itches more (a sign of mending apparently), and my drain is now outputting pretty much exactly the same amount of stuff as the saline that I […]

Whew, that was a helluva ride!

I’m typing this up all blanketed and reclining in a chair I bought a month ago in anticipation. I’m hydrated, well fed, and huh, almost painless! A lot of stuff has happened since the last post over a week ago, so this is a long post. For those who didn’t already know, to get rid […]

Thinking of Tomorrow Today

It’s Sunday. I had a nice breakfast and 4 hours later I drank my 10 ounces of magnesium citrate to begin making things more hospitable for the surgeon tomorrow. God that stuff tastes bad. I put in a few hours of work today, finishing one last thing. I still have a couple of much less […]

Getting Ready for the Cut

I had my last consult with my surgeon this Monday. They have pads of 8.5″ x 11″ paper with the stomach and all the blobby parts all around it, intended for surgeons to use explaining the procedure they’re going to perform. So he was drawing all over it since the Whipple procedure takes out a […]

Surgery Scheduled!!!

Well, this is it! I met with my surgeon and oncologist on Monday and we have set the date to remove this tumor and a few other parts so that I can return to a relatively normal and healthy life!!! Hot diggity!!!! Since you’ve been keeping up with this blog you already know many of […]

16th Cycle, 24th Week – We’re Done

I finally got the definition of “cycle” right. I am now in the 2nd day of my 16th and last cycle of chemo. Today is Saturday and I just got my pump removed. That’s it, no more chemo for now, and maybe forever. This coming Monday I get another blood test and a CT scan, […]

It’s the Waiting That Sucks

I’m almost at the end of my planned chemo sessions. It seems like the tumor is shrinking. We have a consult with my oncologist and surgeon at the end of this month and they’ll probably set the schedule for the surgery. Knowing all that I still can’t make firm plans for what I can & […]

5th Cycle, 1st Infusion – February 7, 2019

Heck I don’t even know what a “cycle” really is. I’m losing track of all the infusions I’ve had. What I do know is that I’ve just gotten the first of only 2 more infusions before surgery, or at least that’s the current plan. I think that makes a total of hmmmm, 7 infusions of […]

A Week Off From Chemo

I gotta say, the previous 7 days after my most recent infusion have been revealing. They illustrated the effects of accumulated toxicity. My nausea went longer, for example. When I’d previously gotten to the last 3 days of an infusion interval I would be fine, without incident. It was different for these last 3 infusions […]

4th Cycle, 3rd Infusion – January 24, 2019

Well another week, another infusion. This one went well, with a little reduction in dose due to marginally low blood platelet counts. Fine with me. We’ve got the whole thing down; set the port, draw blood, wait 20 minutes, talk to Doc, wait 45 minutes, get infusion which with gemabraxin takes about 2 and a […]