randy_byers: (2009-05-10)
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I think it's worth noting that I have taken my last dose of chemo, hopefully for the rest of my life. My brain surgery was on December 10, 2016, so it has been over a year of treatment that knocked the crap out of me. Surgery, radiation+chemo, then twelve months of chemo. The chemo was on a 28 day cycle, so more of a lunar month, really. I should look into whether it really is some kind of witchcraft.

Anyway, I'll continue to use the Optune for the time being, but it doesn't make me feel like crap. The pattern of the chemo in the past few months was that I'd take it for five days, and then the nausea would kick in after the last dose, sometimes a couple days after. My neuro-oncologist said that this was a normal development as the body got more saturated with the chemo over time. This round I started feeling nauseated enough after my third dose that I began taking extra anti-nausea medication during the day. (Usually I just took the anti-nausea meds right before I took the chemo and went to bed.) Based on my last two rounds, I have five or so days of nausea ahead of me, and then I hope I can stop taking so many damned pills and start the recovery process. My previous neuro-oncologist said it could take a few months for me to get back to my status quo ante. I'm hoping I have a head start, but we shall see.

In the meantime, hallelujah, and get thee behind me, chemo! You will not be missed.

Date: 2017-02-26 04:34 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
If the pills were yellow, you could sing "goodbye, yellow pill chemo" which sort of works to "goodbye, yellow brick road."


Date: 2017-02-26 04:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] randy-byers.livejournal.com
One pill makes you nauseous
And one pill make you puke
And the ones your mother gives you
Make you as dizzy as your friend Luke.

Date: 2017-02-27 09:44 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] gerisullivan.livejournal.com

May the next 5 days pass swiftly by and any nausea soon be a thing of the distant memory. I'll advise patience and pacing yourself on the energy levels front, but it will mostly be a matter of listening to your body and taking it from there.

Congratulations! Here's to a much easier phase of this long, strange trip you're in.

Date: 2017-02-27 05:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] randy-byers.livejournal.com
I'm with you on taking it easy. I had a PT appt this morning, and last night I was thinking I'd try to make it. This morning I thought, "Who the fuck are you kidding, kid? It can wait." Especially since there's a dribble of snow out there. I'm going to stay in the nice warm house, probably mostly in a prone position.

Date: 2017-02-27 05:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] randy-byers.livejournal.com
I see what you did there.

Date: 2017-02-26 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kevin-standlee.livejournal.com
Congratulations and good luck!

Date: 2017-02-27 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] randy-byers.livejournal.com
Thanks, Kevin.

Date: 2017-02-26 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] history-monk.livejournal.com
Well done!

Date: 2017-02-27 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] randy-byers.livejournal.com
Thanks, John.

Date: 2017-02-26 06:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kalimac.livejournal.com
Good. Chemo is an attempt to stop short of killing you in hopes that it'll kill the cancer instead, so it's an inherently awkward, not to say dangerous and uncomfortable thing, and it's great that you're out of it.

Date: 2017-02-27 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] randy-byers.livejournal.com
Let's hope it did its job, too.

Date: 2017-02-27 05:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kalimac.livejournal.com
Yes, devoutly.

Date: 2017-02-26 11:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rosegardenfae.livejournal.com

Great news...congratulations!

Date: 2017-02-27 05:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] randy-byers.livejournal.com
Thanks, Fae.

Date: 2017-03-11 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bibliofile.livejournal.com
Hooray! That which doesn't kill you . . doesn't kill you. Yet.


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