I haven’t played with the blog for a few days, since no other funny stories have appeared on my home front, I figured I would share on my chemotherapy progress.

I am in to cycle 2, and this cycle seems to be the worst so far. The VP-16 and the cisplatin took a real toll on my body this weekend, and I nearly ended up on the floor in the bathroom of an Outback Steakhouse and in the attempt to catch myself I hit my head not once but twice. I now have two healing lacerations on my bald head. The stubble is disappearing every time I take a shower, so the hair loss has become more complete.

Usually the worse symptoms disappear after being off of it for a few days, so usually by Wednesday or Thursday after the start of a cycle I feel fine. Still hard to enjoy some aspects of life like dining out without fear of ending up in a unit going to the emergency room. That feeling that you are about to pass out and you lose all control of your body is frightening, and in the future I want to avoid it. I doubt I’ll ever be truly normal again. I mean come on, I am short one testicle and enduring having chemicals meant to nearly kill me pumped into my body. I guess if you’re not living after that, then what is? I may go jump out of planes and do more adrenaline seeking stuff after this.

I can say, however, that the chemo (despite having a handy knack for making me feel terrible) is working. I got a look at the my tumor markers that were drawn at the start of this cycle and they are all trending downward. I think jumping on chemo as soon as the spike was detected was a smart move, but it makes me wonder about adjuvant (immediately after surgery) therapy. I can see the arguments for and against, and that healing can be delayed by the chemo (and healing from an inguinal incision sucks), but I can see the benefits of knocking it out immediately after removal of the primary tumor. Either way, we’re pushing on.

My air conditioning has totally failed to keep up with the heat wave we’ve been having, but help is on the way with that, and I have the best AC guy I can find coming to give me a second opinion on what we can do to make the thing work well. I think it is under-powered and old in general.

My son is visiting his grandparents, and he is with my parents this week. They wanted him before they started repairs to the house that were caused by the hail storm a few months ago. My wife’s parents get him back next week when they go to Virginia to help my recently engaged brother-in-law move into a place of his own.

Well, that’s about it this time around.


Category: Misc.

About the Author

Russell Stine is a firefighter/paramedic in a large urban system. He has been employed for 6 years as a street level provider and has delivered care as an EMT and a paramedic across the urban, suburban, and rural settings. He has been in emergency services for 15 years.

  • Anonymous

    Praying for you, friend. I can’t imagine what you’re going through right now. If you end up back in the neighborhood, let me know. We’ll get the families together :)

  • Jaynemanrow

    Chemo sucks.  They have studied years to poison you just enough to kill stuff, like your hair, but not you, you hope.  I was “blessed”, I didn’t get sick from chemo, just tired. I also had a ruptured l5s1 disk, so I wasn’t able to be active.  This is good in that I wasn’t used to being active, so being tired from the chemo didn’t restrict me much.  I didn’t do anything anyway so being tired meant more sleep.
    Prayers headed your way,
    Jayne

  • BadgerMedic

    I really can empathize with you, I did a year’s worth of chemotherapy, finishing in 2008. I actually found that cisplatin was the worst of my “cocktail”. I also got the pleasure of meeting adriamycin along with methotrexate. I hope that you keep on grinding away at your markers, and keep tolerating the chemotherapy. 

    I actually didn’t start chemo for a couple of months after my surgery either due to first getting mis-diagnosed (which incidentally, didn’t call for chemotherapy for follow-up treatment), and healing from the surgery. 

    I wish you continued strength during your treatments.

    -BadgerMedic

    stovelegs@gmail.com

  • Sam Bradley

    You certainly have your challenges, my friend. … and this too shall pass. I guess the good thing is that it’s working. When we see you next March you’ll feel great and have a full head of hair again. I hope it helps you to share with us. It helps us, not only because we care about you but we’re becoming better educated about the process you’re going through. Take care!

  • Too Old To Work

    I have nothing to say but to wish you the best of luck in your battle. Keep on fighting.


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