Aug 07, 2012 - 8:11 pm
Well tomorrow Dave will be finished his 3rd week of radiation. Two more to go! And now we are separating the men from the boys, so to speak. He has been doing well, is on a continuous 5FU drip, oxaliplatin every other Thursday, and of course daily radiation. I continue to be amazed at his spirit and tolerance. If it were me I guarantee you I'd be in bed with the covers over my head!
But now the side effects are beginning to show. He is having much more difficulty swallowing, food is tasting like well, you know... he is incredibly fatigued. He is complaining of some back pain, not sleeping well, and noticing some neuropathy in his fingers (not good for a guitar player!)
When he saw the radiation nurse this morning she consulted with the chemo nurse, who in turn called Dr. Kelly, the medical oncologist. The nurses thought perhaps scaling back the 5Fu, but Dr. Kelly said no, we are going for a cure here, so lets just try and get through this. Dave agreed. After a long nap this afternoon he said he was feeling better.
He has just two weeks to go, then he'll be unhooked from the 5Fu, no more daily trips to Hopkins, and he can get his strength back for surgery. We just have to keep our eye on the prize.