Friday, November 12, 2004

Chemo - Day 3

Good News:
  • I seem to be tolerating the chemo reasonably well. The hiccups have dissipated and, while I have some appetite issues, I'm generally doing ok.
  • My infection seems well under control. I haven't had any fever in a few days.
  • If all goes well, I should complete this first course of chemo late Sunday night, and could go home on Monday or possibly Tuesday. My infectious diseases specialist, Dr. Rowles, and the staff social worker here seem to have reached an agreement with CIGNA for me to receive IV antibiotics at home.
  • I was able to eat some meatloaf, mashed potatoes, roll, banana and brownie for dinner tonight. Way better than lunch where I ate one quarter of a french fry. Boost is helping, too.

I had a few very welcome visitors today. I know I'm not very entertaining to visit, but the company means a great deal to me, even if I tend to doze off during visits.

We're trying to work me off the morphine in anticipation of my going home. This is a scary process because it opens the door to PAIN. Pain is fearful. It makes you want to curl-up in a ball and not move. It distracts you from everything else.

Sometimes, the fearfulness is worse than the pain. Sometimes it is easier to push through the pain than to try to avoid it.

In any event, the new mix of darvocet (sp?) and much less morphine seems to be working for now.

3 Comments:

Blogger Jenn said...

I hope you like your home health nurses. They are great!

You are always entertaining to visit!

Love Jenn

7:52 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

p.s Darvocet is good stuff.

7:56 PM  
Blogger Tom Wolf said...

Glad to hear you're getting through this chemo round OK. Joey and Corey send their love and best wishes. They're listening to your CD in Charlottesville to connect with you. Dale sends you the split-finger Star Trek greeting. Carol is waiting for you to come home to regale you with Strange Tales of the School Board. And I have some good RBI stories for you. We love you. Tom

10:22 AM  

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