Life Goes On….

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I am back. This was a busy week again, as I sorted my late husband’s clothes and donated them to the Salvation Army. I didn’t cry.

The clothing will, I hope, go to those who need it. Warm shirts, pants and even socks.

There is always something to do, it seems while handling the estate. We were not wealthy by any means, but there is a lot of paperwork and phone calls to be made, in order to change names on accounts and that sort of thing.

My son and his wife, my sister-in-law, my sister, and even the financial consultant’s office admin have been supportive. I couldn’t ask for more.

If you take anything away from this, it is to always Be Prepared. Have a will in place, have a power of attorney and have a Personal Directive, all up to date. It may cost something to have these done, but believe me, it makes things so much easier for those left behind.

 

 

 

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Chemotherapy

So….the appointment on Friday the 24th turned out to be with the doctor’s nurse only. I was given prescriptions for Decadron (dexamethasone), Zofran (mylan ondansetron) and Metoclopramide.

Some of the pills have to be taken beginning on the day prior to the chemotherapy.

On Monday, I was awake early, and at the cancer centre in plenty of time. All of the people in the waiting room seemed so OLD.

A nurse escorted me and my husband to one of the large rooms, where beds are available. Since I was going to be there for 2 and a half hours, and it was the first time, I had to be in a bed. Not undressed, though, and the port was easily available and it did not hurt at all when she inserted the needle!

The nurse went very carefully over all the possible side effects and what to watch out for. Then the first chemo drug was started by IV. After an hour and a half, it was done. The port was flushed, and the second chemo drug was started. There are volunteers who come around every so often, with coffee, juice, cookies and crackers. It is possible to get up to use the bathroom as the IV is portable.

I was very glad to have this first session over with,and no ill effects – no allergic reactions.

I have been very tired yesterday and today (day 3 and 4 since the chemo on Monday). The worst effects are days 3, 4 and 5 according to the doctor.

I next have to go for blood work on June 14, and see the doctor again. Then June 17th is Chemotherapy 2 of four.

The anti-nausea pills are working well. I’ve only needed them once or twice the last two days. Of course, I expect to be much more ill but here is how I look at it – If I am sick it means the drugs are working. To me, I think of chemotherapy as a ‘reboot’ of my body., much like when you ‘reboot’ a computer. All the cells are going to be killed off and restart. That may not be very accurate!  But it helps me to face what is coming.

Until next time.