Oct 15, 2009 - 9:02 pm
Help me! I was going to post this on the caregivers board, but thought this might be a better place to get some input.
My husband had his first chemo after being diagnosed with the above, and finally finding the point of origin is where his tonsil used to be. Stage 3, spread to lymph nodes, but not to lungs, etc.
OK, for 4 days after chemo, he was a little tired, but did great. Went into our restaurant for a few hours a day. And then came Sunday. This is Thursday evening, and since Sunday he cannot eat. He has no strength . . . I mean none. The most I have got down him in one day is half of a tiny pancake, half a grilled cheese, and a jello. He is drinking water, gatorade, and Sprite. His lips are starting to crack though.
What, oh what, can I do to help him. How long is this going to last! I thought he would be down a couple of days, then back to normal. How do people work and go through this? He is emotional (and was a linebacker in college).
His WBC was 2.4 on Tuesday when we went in. We just saw the PA, as our doctor was out. I say we, because I am there for every appointment. He had the Neulasta shot the day after chemo. He has a port. His chemo treatment is Taxotere (Docetaxel), Carboplatin (Paraplatin), then they send him home with a fanny pack of Flourouracil (5-FU) for 4 days. He lovingly refers to his 5-FU pack as "chemo to go."
Along with not eating, he has diarrhea, and some vomiting. He is taking Imodium AD.
And so, I'm just looking for someone to help me with a timeline. I keep hearing everyone is different, and I know that. I just thought I might find some fellow caregivers or charters that could give me some info. I appreciate any and all.
His official diagnosis is T2 N2 MO Stage III B. It is G3 - poorly differentiated.