Day 30– 10 Radiations and 1 Chemo to Go!

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Day 30 175lbs

Today was like a mysterious wild ride that only the brains at Disney or Universal Studios could have dreamed up.  I was up most of the night finally falling asleep about 4 only to have my wife kicking me when the alarm and the snooze went off!  It was a great ride in, breakfast was soothing, the radiation schedule was early, and I had time to ice and slather before my appointment at Dr Guthrie’s.  I have to have a 2 vial blood draw before my appointment and it took the tech 2 sticks to get in a line.  The meeting with Dr Guthrie was spot on with only another 5 lb loss and in great shape, much better than the norm.  He told me the bubbles that I am getting in my mouth at night are as a result of gas working on the saliva that normally moves to the stomach, but in it’s thickened state is bubbling.  So I’m trying GasX tonight, let you know tomorrow.

That is when the roller coaster crested the first rise.  I told you last week about changing arms for the Cisplatin, Kelly tried 2 veins on that arm , but the veins would not take the fluid it just kept ballooning.  I told her that the tech got blood on the first vein but it would only fill the pik, so she moved back  to the original arm and found one.  So I got extra fluids and am going back Friday so we can get through the last treatment next week.  Well, when they hung the bag of anti-nausea toward the end of the bag I started to get a tickle in the roof of my mouth and gums that move to my shoulders and feet.  I told Kelly when she came over to change the bag, she called tech that manages the drugs and the next I knew I was getting IV benadryl!  Kelly hooked up the saline and bid me goodnight.  It was the best 2 hours of sleep that I have had in a long time.  When I awoke Another patient was having a reaction to her chemo and had a team working on her.  When the Doctor got her under control everyone turned to me and said it was my fault!

When I finally cleared they did a field sobriety test and sent me on my way.  My wonderful  wife had cleaned the house in my absence giving me the opportunity to eat and hit the couch where I have been in a stupor sleeping again for a couple of hours.  I am going to bed and sadly I must bid you adieu, I have so much to share, but I know that you will understand.


LESSON OF THE DAY – “Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.”     Anonymous


Author: Don

Hi my name is Don Penny I am a professional woodturner in Jacksonville, FL. I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic squamous cell carcinoma in 3 lymph nodes and the base of the tongue and this is my story of day to day life while fighting cancer.

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