Monday, May 25, 2009

3rd Chemo Treatment May 18

Hello Everyone.
This week has not been to bad. Still the side effects of nausea, hot/cold sensitive, tingling in the hands and feet, and of course TIRED. But all in all, this treatment has not been bad. Sense we have written on the blog, I have been to see Shelby get ready for prom, Dawson had his scout Pinewood Derby, and David and I went to a convention for our new venture of Presentall. It is an Internet based communication program like Go-To-Meeting or Webinars. It is a fantastic program and we have worked really hard on it and now are ready to sell it. So I have had a busy week (the week without treatment) On the 18th, I had my 3rd treatment and it has been pretty mild. I do like to hear from family and friends. So keep visiting and I will try and write more often. I am certainly at home more than I normally would be and it is good to hear from you. My next treatment is on June 3. That will be number 4. So until next time, remember the things in life we all take for granted (our health, and our ability to do small things, like mow the lawn, eat ice cream, run down the street, or go for a swim. But life is good and I'll be doing those things again just about Thanksgiving. Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

2nd Chemo Treatment

Today is May 5th and the second day of Jim's 2nd round of chemo treatment. Yesterday we went into the clinic for the 3 hour treatment. Then the "fanny pack" is loaded with medicine for the 2 days at home. He got some different medicine for nausea - Zofran. It has worked really well. Compared to last treatment this is much better. He has not been sick. But the tiredness is there and the hot/cold sensitivity. He would love a cold glass of milk, but the can't drink it because of the cold. That is one of the side effects of one of the drugs he takes. But not feeling sick is really great....he can tolerate the other symptoms. So he is encouraged by how he feels today. Paula is the nurse that has administered the IV both visits, and remember how I said she was "all business", well she has warmed right up to his friendly personality. See.....she is smiling. She really is nice and friendly to us. Everyone there is so nice and willing to talk about their own situation. One new person we met yesterday.
I'll share his story. He is 41 years old, he and his wife have 3 children ages 17, 7, and 3. He has pancreatic cancer, and they can't remove the cancer. He is taking 2 treatments of chemo to try and shrink the tumor on his liver. This is where the pain will be. He has terminal cancer. He won't live very long. They shared some personal thoughts with us and even now he and his wife have a positive attitude. What great people we see in this clinic. People from all walks of life and facing a threatening disease with lots and lots of courage. But there are more and more success stories as the research progresses. And the treatments are so much better than years ago. So much better. Well, we'll write about where and what we do the next few days, who knows we may go dancing.
love to all, Linda