Apr 05, 2013 - 8:43 pm
I'm in the middle of the second round of chemo. I gained a half pound on the weekly official weigh-in. So if I keep up the good work, I may be able to avoid the PEG. (I of course, would use a PEG if it became necessary.) Most of the blood was good so I started on 2 weekly injections of Taxol and Erbitux.
However, my calcium is low. This is dangerous for me because my parathyroids had been damaged in the total laryngectomy. I think the calcium was 6.4 and they worry when it is less than 7.0. (For most people the level is 8.5 but there are lower criteria for the parathyroid damaged.) My endocrinologist called with an adjusted amount of calcitriol (a vitamin-d derivative). I already take the "maximum" caclcium ascetate. (Sorry, I'm loosing my train of tought).
The day after chemo day, and I'm always very wiped out. I don't eat much on chemo day, and I lost about a 1.5 lbs, which I will have to make up over the week. I will put my eating challenges in another thread or another part of this thread.
All in all, I'm still muddling thru. Rick.