Just some miscellaneous things prior to chemo treatment three.
After the second round of chemo, the symptoms were stronger and more varied. I actually had nausea for three days requiring medications to combat. The unusual thing is it didn’t start until a day after all chemo (including my pump for 46 hours after the main infusion) was complete. I haven’t actually gotten sick; perhaps it is the nausea medication they prescribed that is holding it back.
I continue to lose weight. Last week I was brushing shavings off my shirt and my wedding ring went flying into a patch of weeds. The ring was rescued, but now I wear it on a lanyard around my neck.
I talked a bit about my port previously. Now some pictures.
This is a picture showing my port with the needle inserted. When they stick the special “butterfly” needle into the port it is referred to as accessing the port.
And here is my port un-accessed, all healed up. You can see the shadow of the line running from the port itself up my neck a bit before plunging into a vein toward an inlet valve of my heart. The stomach isn’t the only way to a man’s heart!
I had mentioned in a previous post (Chemo Session One) the Giving Comfort McKesson Foundation program gifted a backpack of support to us. One of the items was a postcard of support. Julie suggested I put the card where I will always see it. It lives at the top of the mirror in our bathroom, so I see it, and consciously read it, every morning at least. In case the script it is written in is not legible, it reads:
Remember you are not alone!
Love, Parker Feuring Mason City
An Investment Opportunity
Last, I would like to give a bit of investment advice. If you have some capital laying around, you should invest it in Costco’s Kirkland brand toilet paper. I go through a lot of it; 5 - 12 sheets every visit, 5 - 8 visits a day and 1 - 3 a night.
And that is just emptying my bag. There is also the fact that I do (every two or three weeks) “poop” the normal way.
And finally, every four days, I change my bag, which requires ample toilet paper to combat my stoma as it seems to always want to spit poop continuously as I am prepping and replacing the bag (I think it knows my change schedule and saves up for those times.
Well, tomorrow is chemo session three. Julie has a new car, so we are excited to take the trip.