Friday, June 17, 2011

One week down......

We're back home!!!! For the weekend , at least!  Guess what? They have no public internet access at the hospital...I mean...really????? What year is it again??  Maybe in a couple of weeks for long term patients, which would be us but until then, I can't post until we get back home on Fridays :(

Monday and Tuesday were horribly stressful...much confusion and mixups and changes from what they told us.  Eventually it got all ironed out but on Tuesday night we both had been pushed to the point of tears.

David's radiation went well all four is the first today he's experiencing a side effect from it...there is a strong metallic taste in his mouth that persists.

Getting all hooked down nice and tight for his first radiation treatment.  He is on the new Trilogy machine which can aim within micro-millimetres of everything...very high tech and he must absolutely NOT move at all.
Here you can see the green light that helps the techs set the machine.
This is what he sees as he looks up from the radiation bed.  It was not a nice day outside!  This is an artificially realistic image for the patients to focus on.
Our one hour of chemo turned into seven.  With the drug trial David is participating in, he must receive 3 L of fluids in addition to all the chemo drugs.  The trial wants to see how the extra hydration along with the drugs affects the patient.  Studies show that it reduces the chemo side affects and for David it did.  His worse symptom was severe hiccups from one of the meds for 3 days.  He wasn't sick to his stomach but didn't have much of an appetite and was tired.  Plus, he must drink 3 L of water each and every day for his entire treatments of radiation and chemo. As you can see, I did manage to put a little weight on him as they requested but he's already lost 2 lbs of it. At this point in time, his next chemo is July 5.  Back on Monday for Radiation every day until Thurs.  His taking Friday off because our youngest son graduates from college!!! I can't believe both of our boys are this old lol!

Today, after getting home, he mowed the lawn so his energy is back some and he's eating better today.

We met some really brave and courageous people in the hostel.  One lady has had cancer 4 times over the past 40 years!  
Thanks for all the incoming prayers and we hope you will continue to pray for David.  *Until next time, keep positive!


Carol said...

We'll keep all the good thoughts and prayers coming for both of you. Have a good weekend.

WoolenSails said...

I am glad to hear that things are going well, and you can spend some time at home and enjoy seeing your son graduate. Continued prayers, coming your way.


Connie said...

Thanks for the update. Tried to call you yesterday to see how things were going. Keeping you two in my thoughts and prayers for sure. Enjoy the graduation!

Andrea R said...

Glad to hear from you Shelley - missed you this afternoon at the quilt shop.

Barb said...

I think I would be very anxious if I had to do what he had to do....not fun....much prayer your way.

QuiltSue said...

I'm sorry you had to go through a horrid time at the beginning of the treatment, but hopefully it's sorted out now. As for your lovely pressies, well, they're just that - lovely.