It’s been about a two month long hiatus from the blog, whoops…again. I’ve been busy, and there really hasn’t been a whole lot I have felt like writing about. Even though things have been going about as well as possible…it’s still not pretty a lot of the time. I know I said I wouldn’t hide anything and I feel like I’m riding a fine line with that, but I’m not sure you guys really want to hear a painstaking account of recurrent bathroom experiences. Everyone has a chapter that they do not want read aloud. So, I’ll dance around it if that’s acceptable.
Overall, things are going about as well as they can be for someone who has had ten rounds of chemo, six procedures, and a major surgery all in the past seven months. I’m currently sitting in the Ambulatory Infusion Unit getting my 11th round of chemo. I can’t believe I’m almost done. But, after my next round, which will be on the 18th, I’m completely done with chemo! At least, for the time being. Who knows what the future will hold.
I can’t really say with complete certainty, but it sure seems like I will be able to avoid radiation therapy. Sweet baby Jesus that was music to my ears. I am scheduled to have a full body CT scan four weeks after I get done with chemo and then I should know exactly what the situation is and any next steps that need to be taken. Basically, I won’t know for sure until mid-august.
Anyway, the last three rounds all went pretty well for the most part. I’ve been lucky enough to avoid the nausea entirely and have had very little issue with fatigue throughout the process. The biggest issue has been my digestive system. Being on chemo and trying to heal from having pretty much all of your colon removed has been pretty rough. There’s nothing pretty about ass cancer. The chemo seems to take a kung fu death grip on my insides about four or five days after the start of each treatment and it lasts for about a week. Unfortunately, it has been lasting all the way up until the next round starts. Oddly enough, the day I receive chemo is usually one of the days where I have been feeling the best. However, seems have been getting better and I think that the farther out from surgery I get the better things will continue to be. The last round was the best round I’ve had by far since surgery.
Well, I’ll spare you guys the details on all of the bathroom shenanigans involved, I’ll just say that it’s been a while since I’ve been comfortable getting too far away from a bathroom for very long. And, it would be awesome to be able to sleep through the night again at some point.
In other news, I started working out this week and trying to be a lot more active. I did 50 pull-ups and 100 push-ups and 100 air squats the other day. Not too shabby if I do say so myself. I even got a chance to play golf for the first time since all of this started a week ago. News flash, I still suck at golf. But, I definitely enjoy it.
In terms of any health related numbers…all of my counts are still very high and have shown no problems. They just ran the tumor marker (CEA) this morning and everything looks great with that. Somehow I managed to develop a little case of oral thrush which is basically like a yeast infection on your tongue. Sounds worse than it is, I didn’t even notice anything until the nurse practitioner said to get check it out in the mirror. It’ll be gone in a week.
I just wanted to provide a quick update and let everyone know I’m still alive and raising hell. I look forward to ramping up my workouts from here on out. My body seems to be able to handle it and I’m tired of sitting around and being weak. There’s been a few other things that have been tough about this journey over the last month or two and I’ll try and put something together to explain what I mean in the next few days or next week.