Lots have happened, and many decisions have been made.
Julie and I have decided to try chemotherapy again to extend my life. As I often tell others, I don’t need to cure my cancer — I only need to remain alive long enough to allow smarter folks than me to create that cure.
I have gone through three infusions so far and the side effects are very different.
- Some small loss of hair — it is unclear if I will lose it all.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Constipation and diarrhea.
We have been working through the symptoms trying to eliminate or minimize them. We currently have nausea and vomiting under very good control — practically eliminated. However, along with this is a loss of appetite and water tastes bad. I am still fighting the water thing seven days after the infusion and hydration is one of the keys to getting the chemo cocktail out of your system after it does its work.
Constipation and diarrhea are somewhat under control. We have to monitor and medicate aggressively. I have a hemorrhoid (my first ever in over 5 decades of life) which is a side effect of a side effect. Between the control meds and pain cream, this may get better as we move forward.
I will try and keep the blog more current.
PS I have also retired. Each infusion puts me out of commission for up to 7 days (so far). Not very conducive to a full-time job.
PPS And of course, after making these decisions (pursue chemotherapy and retire), the coronavirus hits. The times, they are a-changing.