I’m well into chemo #4, and infusion day was pretty uneventful, I kept falling asleep.

Dr Oncologist was away and so I met an Oncology NP with a Mennonite last name, and she was a delight. I felt like we learned things from her that we didn’t get from our breezy but lovely Dr Oncologist. I think that was a very positive thing. She ordered an Echocardiogram because one of the drugs I’m on has (big fancy word here for) toxicity to the heart.

Um.  

Bless my heart.  

The Chemo nurse who is a marvel said my labs looked good. My glucose levels are usually flagged as high, and I thought I understood the whole glucose thing but Every. Single. One. of them explain it differently. So I don’t even know. Time to spend some quality time educating myself.

There are indications that the starfish has continued to shrink! #happydance

The most recent round of effort with the seroma has been frustrating. There was a Monday office visit with a PA and a huge needle, and that was excruciating and singularly ineffective. We followed that up with an ultrasound guided puncture on Thursday, and that was much more comfortable and much more effective, but somehow I still managed to get home with a sizable hard and plump seroma still in my pit. They’ve explained that it must have a lot of scar tissue, hematoma, and inflammation in there at this point from all the punctures. This may be as good as they can get it for now.

I’ve left it alone since then, happy to have some space between me and the stabby people. The inflammation has subsided thankfully, but the underlying river rock is still in my arm pit. Most of the time it doesn’t bother me too much. I’m getting some numb tingling sensations in my left wrist, hand, and fingers, so maybe it is in there getting in the way a little.

Please pray for my starfish to continue to go away as well as this annoying river rock. Honestly, I would really rather keep the beach at the beach!

The PA says it’s capable of going away on its own.

So be it.

I have had a good bit more nausea and GI discomfort with this round of chemo, which does track with the expectation that the dosage of chemo is the same but the effects are cumulative. So far it seems that I can lay in bed or the recliner and watch tv and barely move except for trips to the bathroom and just get more and more depleted – or I can take the anti nausea medication and be stopped up for days. I would love to find some space to inhabit more in the middle…

At least when I take the medication I can be active without feeling so delicate.

I am so grateful I discovered multivitamins that come in a dermal patch. At least I can get a multivitamin no matter how happy my GI tract is or isn’t. #grateful

I was also very happy to discover I got an A in the class I took this term. I have turned my mind to interesting things and have been gently working away quietly trying not to jostle this body too much. I am enjoying thinking some present-future thoughts about my business and some things I want to share online this summer. I’m like my dad on that, always thinking present-future.

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus Christ, my righteousness!

Sending love and healing your way through this journey. It does have its twists and turns. Please remember, you are not alone!

Carmen


5 responses to “Chemo #4”

  1. Susan Avatar
    Susan

    Your truly amazing and an inspiration 

    Sending love and hugs 

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  2. 3 Generations Avatar
    3 Generations

    Carmen,

    It feels so wrong to say I enjoy your cancer blogs. I snorted outloud when I read “stabby people”. And “beach at the beach”. And “river rock in the arm pit”.

    Today was my first day out since Friday. I did not have much stamina. Was away from home for 6 hours. But made it!!!!

    I’m trying to find another day or two of work per week so that I have a bit more financial breathing space. Due to gas expense, I’m restricted to the RV unless I’m going to work or want follow Dale around at the farm. The latter is not my thing. Nothing has worked out yet for another nanny family, but He knows the need. My feeling is that it will work out. Camping expense and much gas use will decrease when we get moved. That is hoped for in July. 🙏 I wish I could watch shows with you. 😀🥰

    Much love and hugs. Kendra

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    1. Carmen Shenk Avatar

      I also left the house today for the first time in a while. There was a service for the many folks who had died over the last year at the care facility where Mom was last year – both staff and patients. It was a beautiful service with an excellent choir. What a treat to be feeling well enough to be out for a bit. I hope your strength returns quickly and that you get the breathing room that would make things more comfortable for you two. Sending you so much love!

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  3. Rachel Miller Avatar

    Have you been using Sennacot S with your protocol for constipation? You can hardly overdose on those. Take 2 at night, if no stool, take 2 in morning, can really take as needed to keep things going. You can use generic but make sure it has the S on the bottle. Softens and stimulates.

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  4. ednabru Avatar
    ednabru

    Blessings to you my sweet friend and your dear husband

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