Monday, April 28, 2008

Drip. Drip. Drip.

Wipe that smile off your face, you prick.

So, I came into the clinic today and heard some good news: all my tests from last week (bone scan, brain MRI, CT scan) came up negative -- although the brain MRI revealed a ball of snot in my sinuses. It may be time for a rinse.

It isn't pretty, but it works.

So what's it like to get chemo? Well, it depends on what mixture of drugs you're receiving and what supplemental infusions those drugs call for. In my case, chemo (at least during the first week of a cycle) is like 6 hours in a clinic -- a nice enough clinic, but a clinic nevertheless, with the attendant sterile sights, smells, and sounds of a clinic.

I sit in a recliner with an IV hooked into my port. The IV drips stuff fluid into my bloodstream slooooooooowly (not just chemo drugs, but saline and anti-nausea medications). It's important to keep track of my kidney function, so -- fie on this new wrinkle -- I have to piss into a plastic jug and note the volume before pouring it out into the turlet.

The nurses are very nice, though.

Here is some video of me at a fancy dress party last night. Enjoy!


RMatney said...

I'm skipping with joy that all your tests came back negative. Thanks for keeping this blog up to date.

Your Penile-Area CancerBoy Brother,
Robert 'every day is a gift' Matney

Kendle said...

Hey C Money,

Just hung out with Tom this morning as he trained for the triathlon to raise money to fight cancer for dudes like you. Ballers will ball cancer and other peeps, i.e. people.

We talked a little about chemo, and now I am (even more) in awe of how brave you are about everything. I hope I will take on challenges in my life with the spirit that you have.

And thanks for doing this blog. There are a lot of peeps, i.e. people, who will be reading it all the time.

Must go look for some TREASURE,

K Dizzle