Thursday, January 06, 2005

Chemo 3.2

Another long day of treatments.

The combination of radiation and chemo had me pretty flushed this morning. I remember the same thing on the second day of the last round of chemo. They attributed the flush to my antibiotics and took me off them, and I was fine by the third day. I'm not on any antibiotics now, so it will be interesting to see if the flush appears again tomorrow.

No way I could even entertain the thought of going to the pub tonight. I'm really weak, tired and only semi-aware of what's going on around me. My esophagitis is getting a little more insistent, but still no pain. Anxiety level remains manageable. Appetite rapidly waning.

No reflections tonight. Except this - two down, three to go.

9 Comments:

Blogger GSP87 said...

Jim, You should know - Alex and Rachel dig the UB CD - They know all the words to Wild Rover and Irish Rover.... Sending our love and prayers, ACA&R

10:58 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Hang in there, Jim. You are still in my prayers, and I've made a sort of daily ritual of the candle and the song.

I bought some yarn for a generically-sized hat today. It's a sort of steely grey with flecks of brown and white, and it's very soft. I'm off to the other yarn store tomorrow to buy the requisite needles, and I'll get started.

I hope you start feeling better really soon. Your grace and strength in the face of all this is amazing.

3:21 AM  
Blogger vkenny said...

Hi Jimmy, I know how hard this has been physically & mentally just hang in there each day brings you closer to your goal. You are in our thoughts & prayers every day. Keep fighting the good fight!
V

8:39 AM  
Blogger John said...

We missed you at the pub last night Jim, but we understand that rest comes first. Just remember that the end of the chemo is near. Stay strong, you, Judy and the kids are still in mine & Jenn's thoughts & prayers. Hope to see you back soon!

John Y., Jenn & Fifi

9:56 AM  
Blogger Tom Wolf said...

Bless you, Jim Guy. We're thinking about you and praying.

Custer died last night. The Indians weren't circling, as I had supposed, and he lost two younger brothers, not one, in addition to his nephew. Crazy Horse outflanked Custer and charged him from above, while other Indians charged from below, as Custer and his 225 soldiers tried to regain the high ground they had left to attack the Indian village. Custer made a monumental miscalculation, because he attacked without knowing the number, location or intentions of the Indian warriors. Having pushed his men and their horses past the point of exhaustion so that he and the 7th Cavalry would get all the glory for whipping the Indians, he gambled that he could rout the Indians and kill enough of them to make the whole village flee. If his gamble had paid off, he probably would have become President, as he hoped. In his arrogance, he badly underestimated the Indians. As Ambrose says, Custer wasn't just outnumbered, he was outgeneraled.

For me the moral is that arrogance is bad, but can be deadly when combined with ignorance. I will refrain from political commentary, and say instead that, among the many things I admire about you are your humility and thoughtfulness.

See you soon.

Love, Tom

1:56 PM  
Blogger Dorrie said...

Over 2 months ago (November 2nd) you wrote about being afraid of disappearing. You compared your need to have people know and talk about your cancer to that of Tinkerbell needing all the children to say, "I believe." Last night, my 4 year old sighed a happy sigh as she wrapped herself up in her Tinkerbell sheets (new from Santa) and looked up at her Tinkerbell window valances (also new from Santa) and said her nightly prayers, "… and God Bless Uncle Jim, and …." Why did Santa bring her Tinkerbell stuff? Because Santa can't stop thinking about you and he believes in you…
Love, Dorrie

3:51 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Jim,

1) Rest rest rest.
2) Eat as much or as little as you want to
3) This experience entitles you to a free "kiss my arse" to any dork who annoys you today. Or better yet, a "pog moi thoin."

Thinking and praying for you Doll!
I BELIEVE IN JIM! I DO! I DO! (you can say pog moi thoin anytime now...:D )

Love,
Jenn

7:23 PM  
Blogger R. Law said...

Those lyrics are a favorite mantra of mine on good and bad days, particularly love the rendition by former Richmonder Rene Marie.

Take it a day at a time, you are in our prayers. Keep on singing!
Danl Lawrence-St Pauls community

1:37 PM  
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5:25 PM  

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