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1st Chemo: Pump & Crash

I had my first chemo treatment last week for this second time doing infusions. They gave me everything except the Avastin. Once again the Avastin has to be given in the hospital rather than at oncology with the rest of the treatment. Medicare get your act together. You know you're paying more for me to have it at the hospital. Much more.

I got the treatment on Monday; then got the ball and chain pump put on. I went back on Wednesday to have it removed and then crashed for the rest of the week. I got to feeling better on the following Monday.

This time the nausea medicine is given through an injection in the belly rather than in the port. This is because the medicine is a thick slime consistency. It has to be delivered via a very large syringe that reminded me of the professor on Gilligan's Island giving shots to the islanders. As of today there is still a large knot there with a bruise around it, and it hurts like crazy. Here is a photo of my nurse getting ready to give me th…

Here We Go Again

So the lung biopsy was a success. The latest one was robot guided. It got a good piece of my lung, leaving 4 scars around my right side. I spent only one night in the hospital with a tube coming out of my side. I have been home for a week still recovering. The pain diminishes a little every few days. At first it was very painful to cough; and now it is only painful to cough.

I got results yesterday. It is colon cancer. This means the stuff that remained in my lungs is not histoplasmosis or a different kind of cancer. I was hoping for histoplasmosis. ha. So the plan is to spend the summer doing the infusions again. I am unable to take oxaliplatin anymore, so it will be replaced with another drug. I will also wear the 5-FU pump for 48 hours after each infusion. I'm getting the house set up for comfort. My next steps are to make a list of needs and plan out my new schedule.

Fight On!

These guys will help me get through it.