Oct 22, 2009 - 8:00 pm
Hello All, I don't mean to be cheesy, but I could not resist. I have been away from the boards due to this little battle with cancer. I have only 1 chemo and 5 rads left. It really has been quite the little trial that life threw my way. These discussion boards have been a great comfort and source of information. Thanks to all. I hope that everyone is doing well.I thought I was doing great because my Erbitux (small pox) rash was finally getting under control. Then I got nailed. I had a real bad 2 weeks. I ended up getting sick on a homemade smoothie which spiralled down to dehydration. My throat was obviously sore to begin with. Then add 10hrs of violent hurling, ouch that hurt. I knew that I was in bad shape because I could not get down any food and was getting light headed. I needed 2-days of fluid in the hospital, got a pain patch that meters out constant relief but did not ruin my appitite.The patch and fluids changed my situation 180 degrees. Since last week I have recieved intravenous fluids everyday. I have actually been able to eat solid food for the last week. I feel great and realize I am going to get this over with next week. I wanted to share this story because one of the cancer veterans always preaches hydration, JK. He is so right. Believe me, please. I was never so sick in my life. Today I am able to eat solid food in week 6 of radiation because the doctors got me back on track. My energy is better and so is my attitude. This treatment is tough, everyone knows it by now. New members,Please do not try to be a tough guy and know it all. Proper hydration will make the ordeal easier, trust me. The tube sucks, use it anyway. Drink and eat as much as possible even though the food and drink might taste like nothing on this Earth. I want the new folks to know how tough this treatment can be, but, There are great people here who want to help. Use the board to get strength, hope and information. Two weeks ago I did not think I could go on and finish, now I know I can make it. Thanks to my family, friends, doctors, and the people on the board. Oh yeah, anybody interested in a used mask? I'll let it go cheap. Actually, I plan on burning every item associated with this treatment proscess next Friday. Good luck, stay in touch with your inner strength. Alex. The Final Countdown.