How long has it been???

I can’t believe that I use to write on this blog on an almost daily basis.  I really also can’t believe that I am almost complete with all treatment.  So lets play catch-up and get everything in order and up to speed.

My last chemo treatment was on the 6th of April, 2018.  It was on a Friday and I only remember this because Lt. Dan (Gary Sinise) and the rest of his crew were performing on the 5th of April.  I guess they did a bang up job,  I wouldn’t know.  I was too much of lets get moving forward than to worry about some chemical spillage.  It was also pretty cool to know that there was a celebrity in town who was focusing his energy on the troops.

My last radiation treatment was on the 11th of April, 2018.  Yes a few days after Chemo ended, I ended radiation treatment as well.  So now that both treatments are complete everything is good to go right?  Not necessarily.  You see, both chemo and radiation keep doing what they are trained to do even after treatments are complete.  Wait what?  So after the doctors put me on the verge of death, they keep me there longer in the hopes that the CHEMO and Radiation long term effects will continue to wrack havoc on my body.

And it did!  Oh my glasses.  If I thought the previous weeks were hard or difficult, this past week was hell.  There are no words to really describe it.  Just that a constant fire in the back of my throat was raging on.  Every time I cough out mucos, I can see old blood in the cells or see some dark cherry blood clot.  Not a pretty site to see but I know that seeing mucos was good for the passage of time.  I tried to keep my mouth as moist as often and that usually meant adding a solution of water, baking soda, and salt and swishing it around my mouth after spitting out some mucos.  This helped to spit out some more or for record keeping itself.  I did this for about a week and at the same time I was having other issues.

The first issue I had was maintaining a healthy diet. My weight dropped down below 160 pounds.  That was too much.  Luckily for me, I have my port and I am using that bad boy even as I type this out.  I also use the port for my water intake.  It took awhile to get the weight back up and now I am hovering just above 165.   I know that the nurses are more concerned over my diet than I am but we agreed on a plan of action.  For the first week after radiation is complete, just focus on swallowing.  Don’t push it or over do it.  After the 18th of April, try drinking a small portion of water and then slowly add vegetables and fruits to your diet.

So that’s been me in a nut shell.  Am I exhausted?  Heck yeah!  Like I just finished running 8 miles.  Hopefully, due to time, I am able to over come.

Again, I thank all of you for your happy thoughts and prayers, positive energy and good Karma.

Author: danielgarcia3

Retired Military Officer who is now fighting the good fight against Cancer

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