2019-06-10 Living with Cancer Day 828

Today was better day which for the most part I do not remember. I started to get up around 8:00 and have breakfast. I checked with Dean to start our walk an hour earlier, we agreed to start our walk at 8:45 since Dean needed to take his sister to the doctor. Even with walking 75 minutes earlier, the heat has forced not only us but others to start their exercise program earlier.

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2019-06-09 Living with Cancer Day 827

Today was not a good day! It all started when trying to get up around 8:00 and have breakfast. My stomach acted up and dizziness hit me. I check my vitals which were fine with my temperature being a bit high at 99.1F. I stayed in bed until 10:00, before getting up a second time Dianne brought me breakfast. After breakfast I spend a short time in my office only to get light-headed, returning back to my bed for a short period before going downstairs.

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2019-06-05 Living with Cancer Day 823

Today was a somewhat good day! It was day one after discharge. I had a good night, no need for oxygen. After breakfast, I took some oxygen in preparation for being outside for two doctor appointments. Being beginners, we had to figure out how best to use oxygen machinery. It did not take too much time for us to figure it out. Returning back home there was a need for oxygen for the rest of the day. Overall, resting helped a lot to get some of my energy back.

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2019-06-03 Living with Cancer Day 821

Today was a so-so day! On the good news side, being connected all night to the CPAP (Continuous positive airway pressure) machine did not show any problem. However, sleeping with the mask was no fun. The rest of the day was spent to get ready to be discharged. As it turns out, that was wishful thinking, there were things to be arranged, papers to be signed.

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2019-06-02 Living with Cancer Day 820

Today was a bad day! It all started after going to bed last night, My Oxygen Saturation Rate dropped below 82%. The deal with Dianne was that if the level ever dropped below 88% that she would take me to the ER to get some Oxygen. I don’t remember much after getting into the car other than waking up around 2:00 in the morning. It took some time for me to recognize what had taken place, I had been admitted by the ER department to find out the cause.

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2019-06-01 Living with Cancer Day 819

Today was another good day, a continuation of the last few days after returning home from the hospital. Remember that good is relative here. If I compare the last few days with good days before my radiation treatment, they are miles apart. It will take months before I will have good days as they were then.

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2019-05-30 Living with Cancer Day 817

Today was a good day, a continuation of yesterday. After a slow start, I got downstairs to start the day. BTW, the night was normal, yes – just normal not extremely better than at the hospital as I had expected. However, being home and following the treatment instruction has lifted my spirits and energy. I did two outside walks, measuring my Oxygen Saturation (Sp02). They are on the positive borderline, which is not bad for a patient that was just released the day before.

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2019-05-29 Living with Cancer Day 816

Good News, I have been released and I am home now. All the tests passed including the walk test (lowest reading 94%). We got the instructions about how to continue the Fungal Treatment at home. Since I have the Rhinovirus (common cold), which got active late yesterday, I got some helpful hints from the Hospitalist to deal with it. As to the Fungus infection, it will be a long road before we can say we have eliminated it.

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2019-05-28 Living with Cancer Day 815

Today was another day at the hospital. It started at 02:00 when I woke up with the need to vomit, it turned out to be dry-heaving only. I went back to sleep until 07:00 at which time I took my special antibiotic pills. I took my regular morning pill a bit later. Before breakfast, I received a Breathing Treatment. My vitals were checked regularly. For the rest of the day, I rested or did some walking.

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2019-05-27 Living with Cancer Day 814

Today was a better day, which started with blood draws and vitals being taken at the start of the morning. The activities for the rest of the day were those typically expected. Today there were not many activities, the main one was the walking test. During the day the Hospitalist and the Infectious Disease doctor came by, both making the point that we must wait for the results before determining what treatment to apply.

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