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Chemo Treatment #4 – Day Five

Sun Sep 23– 2012 Chemo #4 Day Five– Second Day Off

OFFICIALLY 1/3 of the way through. Four sessions out of twelve.

I know I haven’t written about the other chemo days, but really.. there hasn’t been much to write about. Friday, the second day, I was tired and feeling some constipation issues. Saturday was more of the same. I spent all morning in bed. Woke up early but really didn’t want to get up so turned on the TV and ended up watching several movies. When I did get up I didn’t do much more than move my butt to the couch. I came close to taking a Compazine but didn’t end up feeling like I needed it.

Bowel issues continue to be the bane of my existence. I take softeners morning and night, two Senakot at night and drink Miralax as needed. I am going but the side effect here is  extreme flatulence. Going to add Gas X to my med regimen to see if that helps. Otherwise my co-workers will definitely think twice about wanting me back.

I feel like I’m a sixth grade boy, all my thoughts seem to be scatological in nature. Maybe once I make the 5 year NED mark I don’t talk obsessively about poop and farts. It’s sometimes difficult to think of myself as sick right now. I have no issues other than chemo side effects. A little first bite issue that comes and goes for a few days. The cold sensitivity in my fingers is annoying when I want something out of the fridge. It doesn’t seem to affect my eating or drinking anything cold, just my fingers. My lips do get a bit tingly if I eat ice cream :).

Today I felt better and ended up doing a few chores around my pig sty of an apartment and made a big pot of chili. It’s definitely that kind of weather around here.

Had a nice long talk tonight with my brother and sis-in-law from Kansas City.

~~Gayla

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Off Week and New Grandbaby

I haven’t posted in a few days but it’s been BUSY around here and I’ve been feeling good. My only health complaint this week has been heartburn every evening. Also, food is still an issue, I’m eating but I can’t eat much at once and some things still don’t even sound good let alone smell or taste good. My energy has been better and I’ve been out and about with the kids or alone every day this week.

Speaking of the kids… there is another one to keep track of. My son and daughter in law had my first grandbaby Monday night.  A luscious baby girl named Moira. It will be hard watching them cope through the tough first few weeks. I know my son and he doesn’t do well AT ALL on a lack of sleep and we all know what new parents lack most.  With Mama breastfeeding it’s hard to just take the baby to give them a break.

Oh well, between her family and ours, there are a lot of people willing to help when they need it.

~~Gayla

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