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illdecide

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Re: Medical Status of Boardmembers...I'll start
« Reply #75 on: January 09, 2020, 10:04:38 PM »
You're a brave man BH, fair play to ya. Keep positive and the end result will be good
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« Reply #76 on: January 10, 2020, 08:38:35 AM »
I'm well impressed BH, keep doing what you're doing. Good luck

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« Reply #77 on: January 12, 2020, 07:46:15 PM »
Completed chemo 2 from Tuesday to Thursday last.  In an odd coincidence, the nurse administering my chemo infusion also took care of some of my wife's infusions for breast cancer in 2002...over 17 years ago.  Of course, they talked away about their lives since then for ages while I just lay there wondering when I'd get any attention...normal enough when the women start talking, I suppose, and she says no different when us men start on about GAA and sports in general.  Had to concede that point in fairness.  Wife made a full recovery, by the way.  Her experience has made us all the more knowledgeable about the expectations for my treatment, although the medics say things have improved a lot in treatments and side effect management over the last 10 years even.

Cold sensitivity set in earlier this time, on Weds morning, but I was better able to cope - soak fingers in warm water for up to 10 mins gave me relief for several hours.  A little bit of mouth tenderness didn't really develop into anything (kept all tasting faculties and appetite stayed good).

Glucose levels have returned to near normal with use of a zero-sugar diet.  No potatoes, bread, pasta or carbs in general.  High protein and leafy green veg content - although I must admit to planning one "non-diet" dinner each week which I look forward to almost like a child does Christmas.  No alcohol, except for the "non-diet" dinner a few days before each chemo where I hope to have a glass of red or two, but if the mouth is sensitive, the alcohol will only make it worse.  I hope to enjoy such a meal prior to the next few sessions at least, although an interim diet of chicken, pork or white fish (all lightly seasoned) isn't exactly a hardship either.

Fatigue has not hit me yet, although I'm deliberately going to bed earlier every night (9:30pm last night) and getting up maybe 2 hours later.  So far no inclination for an afternoon nap, but that could all change tomorrow for a few days.  I won't fight it if that's what the body needs.

White blood cell count (specifically neurophils) was approaching the low threshold on Tuesday - firstly, that's a good sign that the chemo drugs are actually working; but not so good in that I may need an injection boost of some sort next week to ward off infections.

Weight stayed the same, more or less, and no other side effects appeared as of yet.  Meet oncologist on Weds for a review and on to chemo 3 the following week, Tues 21 Jan.

All in all, I'm well pleased with the way things are going...the chemo drugs are working by killing all the fast-dividing cells, including the cancer cells hopefully, and I'm not suffering greatly in any way from side effects as of yet...that will probably change with each session as I expect existing side effects to appear earlier, be harsher and last longer while some new side effects will make their presence known in some uncomfortable manner.

2 out of 8 sessions complete now...25% is a quarter of the way home.  My work from home is unfortunately based in the very early morning time-frame, so that has been neglected a bit.  I might try and get to some this week with even earlier bedtimes.

Will update again next Sunday 19th...thanks again for all the good wishes and it's nice to see this thread getting more reads than the Munster Club Championship one I start every year!!!  Hoping those who made a commitment for colonoscopy or any other medical appointments in 2020 have started to follow through with scheduling.

Cheers for now...

 

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« Reply #78 on: January 12, 2020, 09:14:13 PM »
Full of admiration for you BH, stay strong and good luck!!

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« Reply #79 on: January 12, 2020, 10:27:49 PM »
Thanks again BH.

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« Reply #80 on: January 13, 2020, 12:17:36 AM »
Keep the faith, BH!
You are an inspiration for your fellow board members and, without a doubt, all are wishing you well.
Rath Dé ort. May God bless you and yours.
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« Reply #81 on: January 17, 2020, 05:29:54 AM »
Early update...

Met oncologist on Weds last for a review – and she is very pleased with the tolerance I’m showing to the chemo drugs.  Weight down around 6 lbs/3 kg since 9 January.  She says the weight loss is mostly due to diet improvement and less due to chemo, which is good.  I’m still 10-15 lbs/5-7 kg above what I think is my “fighting” weight, but charts say I should be aiming to lose double that – we should all weigh what we were at 18 years of age…no chance of that happening.

All the side effects I experienced were gone by Tuesday last – 7 days after the chemo session - and I’m able to focus on building up my strength to as high a level as possible for the next session.  That’s my overall goal – once a session is completed, I’ve 11 days to get over the side effects and get as well as I can get by avoiding illness and having great nutrition, sleep and exercise.  Mind you, the exercise is rather minimal but even the smallest bit helps both the nutrition (hunger) and sleep.

2 out of 8 sessions complete now...25% is a quarter of the way home.  I'm feeling great and looking forward to a quiet weekend at home with the family.
 
Chemo 3 set for next Tuesday 21 January…bring it on!!!

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« Reply #82 on: January 17, 2020, 08:02:07 AM »
Your posts are inspirational BH. The very best of luck in your remaining treatment.