14th Treatment

8:41pm Tuesday, June 10, 2014  / Author: duber

I was originally scheduled to see the doctor after treatment today, but she wasn’t due in until 8:30, so it was rescheduled for tomorrow. She’ll be discharging me from treatment and giving me post-treatment care instructions. After today’s treatment, I had to go next door for a fasting blood test, while Sandi went to another building for her allergy shot. We met up afterwards and had breakfast together in the café upstairs from the oncology suite. It was nice to just take it easy and not feel like we had to rush around anywhere. After breakfast, we had new tires put on the Prius. We had some time to kill and ended up eating lunch in the Costco seating area while catching up on our reading.

Today it feels as if the fatigue is starting to slowly creep up on me. It’s difficult to know for sure, since I have almost no energy to begin with. Otherwise, I’ve been doing well so far and am still able to drive for at least an hour at a time. I slept for a couple of hours after we returned home, and felt a little more rested.

13th Treatment

7:33pm Monday, June 9, 2014  / Author: duber

We encountered some heavy traffic this morning, so since I was driving, Sandi called the doctor’s office and told them we’d be about ten minutes late for my appointment. It wasn’t a problem, and I didn’t have to wait too long to be treated.

I had another appointment in the afternoon with my primary care doctor. When I last saw her, she was only clearing me for the biopsy surgery. We filled her in on the whole drain ordeal and my current treatment progress. I was a bit concerned about my weight, which was about 185, but she said it’s a good weight for me. 175 pounds was too low, and 200 was too high, so she would like to see me maintain my current weight.

Sandi is off all week, so she can drive me to my appointments in the morning if I don’t feel up to it.

Out and about

9:12pm Sunday, June 8, 2014  / Author: duber

Felt pretty good this weekend, even though I did quite a bit. Went to see a play, walked around Frederick town center for their Festival of the Arts, and cut almost an acre of grass with the self-propelled and riding mowers. It felt good to be able to get outside and work.

Treatment #12

6:49pm Friday, June 6, 2014  / Author: duber

I had my treatment this morning, and afterwards Sandi and I went upstairs to have breakfast at the café. Afterwards we ran some errands, but had to kill some time because none of the stores in the area open until 10:00.

Treatment #11

4:22pm Thursday, June 5, 2014  / Author: duber

Sandi’s leave begins today, so I drove to treatment and she drove us back home. On the way there, we ran into some traffic due to an accident, so she called and let them know we’d be about ten minutes late. Fortunately, it didn’t cause any problems with scheduling and I only had to wait a couple of minutes.

Treatment #10

6:45pm Wednesday, June 4, 2014  / Author: duber

I was able to drive myself for treatment and back today. I was right on time and was treated right away. Returned home and slept for about four hours and felt sluggish and tired for the rest of the day. I didn’t really accomplish much besides paying the bills and sending out some other mail.

Treatment #9

4:42pm Tuesday, June 3, 2014  / Author: duber

Since today is Tuesday, I saw the doctor after my treatment this morning. I spoke with both the nurse and Dr. F., who wanted to know how I was doing so far. The skin in the treatment area is starting to become a little darker, which is normal. She mainly wanted to know if I was experiencing any other side effects. She recommended taking two weeks off after treatment because often the fatigue doesn’t start until the third week. I will actually have a week and a half off before returning to work.

I have heard that sometimes the fatigue can last for weeks or months. I really don’t need that in addition to my lack of energy and motivation caused by my other health issues. Hopefully my recovery will be speedier.

I stayed at our friend’s place again today. No wildlife spotted, probably because the grounds-keeping crew scared them off. Although my stay was relaxing, it was hard for me to sleep while I was there. I feel well enough to drive to treatment and back tomorrow, so I’ll probably do that. I’ll be sure to send her a thank you note for allowing me to stay there.

Treatment #8

7:49pm Monday, June 2, 2014  / Author: duber

Today I began my three-week leave of absence from work. Actually, the first week is leave and the other two are short-term disability. Altogether, it falls under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Sandi drove me to treatment, and although I was five minutes late, they took me back for treatment right away. In and out of there in no time. Afterwards, Sandi dropped me off at her friend’s place, who was kind enough to allow me to stay there while Sandi is at work.

I didn’t get much done except for paying some bills I’d brought with me. Otherwise, I watched some TV and finished a few chapters of the book I’m currently reading. I also enjoyed the local wildlife that stopped by – two feral cats, a groundhog, a raccoon, and a deer.

Treatment #7

10:36pm Friday, May 30, 2014  / Author: duber

Treatment went smoothly again today, which was my last day of work for the next three weeks. I’m sure the time will go by quickly.

Treatment #6

7:54pm Thursday, May 29, 2014  / Author: duber

Everything went smoothly for this morning’s treatment, and we were on our way to work in 15 minutes.