Day 10 – Really?

I cannot believe that it has been 10 days since I got my last treatment.  I really have no

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Day 10

concept that it has been that long the days run together.  I am back to that that rest, rest then rest.  I did make a trip to Lavilla for fluids this morning and repeated everything that I did Tuesday and Wednesday and it took 3 sticks today instead of the one it took Wednesday.  No predictions or expectations hold true, but on the upside – every day is an adventure and it’s not for the faint at heart!  I do think that today will probably be the last fluid addition as they told me 2 weeks should probably do it, but i will decide that next week.  I came home and the sexy chick was already in the barn creating, but I lured her in the house with Krystal’s and fries for her lunch,  I did eat one, but it was most unsatisfying tasting only slightly Krystalish.  I immediately parked it on the couch and napped and read until my friends Jeannie and Trisha came to visit. Jeannie is my yoga buddy, cancer coach, artist and friend and Trisha is my yoga instructor and long time friend.  It was nice to catch up with them and to share with them the little shop of horrors we call home.  By the time they left I had been up long enough and was ready to put on my pajamas and hit the couch for a couple of hours.  I got up about 6 and fixed chicken and rice soup with a peanut butter sandwich for me and tomato basil soup and a grilled cheese for Kathy.  It was nice to fix dinner for her for a change, she does so much for me and it makes me smile to do something for her.   As I said, sleeping seems to be the only thing I feel like doing lately, but I am okay with that.  I am sleeping longer uninterrupted and the “throat foam” seems to be a thing of the past. I am so grateful for the little things and they are adding up exponentially.

I am struggling with this eating thing.  I keep trying new foods looking for something with a flavor or even a palatable off flavor.  I told Tricia today that I wasn’t so sure that I wanted to find out what the throat coat tea really tasted like because it is still satisfying and the only taste that I can rely on.  I have been falling back on the ensure more and more because it is quick, easy and palatable.  That is why I eat so many peanut butter sandwiches.  It is quick to make, washes down with water, predictable consistency  and good nutrition.  Nothing like spending the time and money making something that sounds exciting only to have it burn your throat or taste incredibly horrible.  If you could have tasted that banana the other day you  would never put another in your mouth again.  I am really going to have to see major improvement before I even try one again!  I am thinking about trying a hot dog to see how that goes.  Warm, moist and meat – I’ll tell you when I get my guts up.  I’m not complaining, just frustrated and looking for answers.  I’ll take no taste for awhile for being healthy and I don’t even mind drinking it or eating the same thing all the time.  I just need to noodle through the right combination.  God love my sister, Monday is Kathy’s birthday and she wanted to know if she could take us to the Cowford Chop House this weekend to celebrate.  I told her that she could take Kathy, but I would just be a waste of money and time!  We laughed and decided to put that trip off for awhile. Enough for today – it is time for me to lay down.  If you have any food suggestions, please let me know.  Stay warm and dry and we will catch up tomorrow.


LESSON OF THE DAY – “The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.”    Arthur C. Clarke

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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