2017-03-22 Recovery Day 16

Now that I caught up with yesterday’s posting about my journey, I will start posting daily summaries for each day of my road to recovery. The first issue I faced was what title should I use? I decided to keep it simple by using YYYY-MM-DD Recovery Day XX. Sounds simple, right? Yes it does, except I had a hard time to figure out when was Day 1. So, after checking my calendar, text messages and emails, I concluded that my first day to start my recovery was the 6 March (for now until told otherwise). That makes today, day 16.

As to the night from 21-22 March it was again for most part painless with some discomfort from the chemo and other drugs doing their things. As to the morning nausea, I started taken Zofran right after waking up, and before breakfast, it seems to do the trick.

I was informed that the plan is to discharge me either tomorrow or Friday now that my pain is under control and my chemo treatment will continue at my wife’s cancer center. In preparation my IV pump for the bridge pain medication was replaced with the pill version of Dilaudid. We will check today and tomorrow that the dose is correct. My main pain control is a fentanyl patch that gets replaced every 72 hours. It should keep the pain in check, using the Dilaudid pill only if, because of the chemo and/or moving around, I encounter some additional pain.

The rest of today was to do breathing exercises, getting out of bed, even had a shower, and sitting in the recliner to eat lunch. Since I have stairs at home I also had a PT session how to go up and down stairs. All this in preparation to be discharged to ensure that I know how to deal with my daily activities.

I will start my next chemo session on Monday, followed by another on Tuesday. The next five days will be rest day to allow the medication to do it things. We will repeat this again for a forth time, which concludes the first chemo cycle. In summary, one chemo cycle consists of 3-4 chemo sessions, each with two chemo treatments and five days of rest. The plan is that I have at least 3 cycles, if not 4. It all depends how much mass is melted away. If the treatment is very successful by reducing the masses quickly, there may not even be a need for any radiation. We should know more about this at the end of the first cycle.

That’s it for today. Tomorrow will be about pain management making sure that the right doses were selected and more physical exercise by waking more all in preparation to go home.