ianunderhill vs. cancer (RIP Nick)

Thanks everyone. I'm actually super-stoked for Thanksgiving - my appetite is pretty normal of late and the folks with whom I will be spending the afternoon are good people. I honestly can't think of a turkey day I've been more excited about. And in the spirit of things, I have a lot to be grateful for in the face of everything that's gone on in the last few months: the support of friends and family, excellent doctors at a fantastic hospital, and let's not forget the place that provides me with hours of entertainment and a leg-up by way of kind words and humor, GWJ. I couldn't imagine how different everything would be without you folks and your willingness to help and listen.

Glad to hear your appetite and energy level is coming back. That's a good sign.

Really glad to hear things are going so well, and that you're actually in the mood and hungry for a holiday feast! This is a good time to get your appetite back. I'll be giving thanks for your continued good and improving health.

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, buddy!!!

FYI drinking from a collapsible water bottle filled with barley water, or any yellow drink, makes it look like you're drinking your own urine.

Just claim its part of the treatment. It might give you a nice awkward moment.

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Or, even better, attach the bottle to a drip stand and run a fake line to your person. Pull the line out and start sucking on it.

You've got to have a peculiar sense of humour and forgiving friends for this to be as funny as I think it could.

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And I'm pleased things are going better for you, Ian.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Rahmen wrote:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy t-day to you too!

Why am I thinking of 'Eye of the tiger' song? Good to hear things are heading into the right direction

Just up and getting ready to go in for my next round of treatment. Here's hoping it goes better than the last one. I'll follow up once I'm home again this afternoon.

Good luck, ianunderhill.

Good luck!!!

Wooo! Kick its ass today!

Good luck, hope the nausea isn't too bad!

Thanks everyone. I'm just home as of a few minutes ago. Things are okay so far, but it's worth noting that my infusion time is still 48 hours - they sent me home with an electronic pump and IV bag hooked to my port. I have to go back Wednesday to get disconnected (PITA - need to cab it both ways as no one is available to help me; future infusions will be scheduled with all this in mind). While I'm hooked up and until a day after the whole assembly is removed, I can't shower for fear of water or other moisture getting into things. Going to have to get clever with the washing in the interim. Here's hoping nothing goes particularly badly this time. Time will tell.

ianunderhill wrote:

While I'm hooked up and until a day after the whole assembly is removed, I can't shower for fear of water or other moisture getting into things. Going to have to get clever with the washing in the interim.

Washcloth. They're sort of passé nowadays but that will fix you right up for the shower thing.

Good luck, hopefully the Wii U and the iPad are doing their best to keep you entertained too

What's all this about washcloths? Do people not use them anymore? I had no idea.

Good luck ian, hope this round goes well for you!

clover wrote:
ianunderhill wrote:

While I'm hooked up and until a day after the whole assembly is removed, I can't shower for fear of water or other moisture getting into things. Going to have to get clever with the washing in the interim.

Washcloth. They're sort of passé nowadays but that will fix you right up for the shower thing.

Good luck, hopefully the Wii U and the iPad are doing their best to keep you entertained too :)

Sexy nurse + spongebath?

Off the chemo pump since around noon. I was feeling pretty nauseous and not looking well, so they kept me an hour and gave me anti-nausea meds and a liter of water intravenously. I've been relaxing at home since...definitely feeling fatigued from treatment, but so far, I'm not anywhere near like I was last time. Hopefully that doesn't change for the worse in the next few days, as the chemicals from treatment finish moving through me. We'll see.

Your great attitude makes it really hard for me to complain about my chest cold.

(Hope things are easier for you today :))

I hope everything is well with you! Today's xkcd was nice.

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You people remain awesome and I find your continued support and kindness invaluable.

The past few days have been hard. Not as hard as following the first treatment, but still really tough. I'm feeling the best yet so far today, but at the same time, I'm emotionally exhausted and physically weak. I get scared a lot, thinking about how long I can keep my sanity in check as I face this business repeatedly. Granted, there are four treatments left in this round, but there's no knowing how many rounds there are, and each of the two so far have been super taxing. My parents want me to move down to Florida, but to go from where I'm less than twenty minutes from my hospital to potentially hours, to go from my small base of friends around me to just my mom and my dad, still working in their late fifties, and to have no idea about what I would work out in terms of actually being provided care...it's not something I'm ready for yet. Not until I find out there's another, harder round of chemo ahead, or that I'm in bad enough health where I don't have much hope.

Thanks again for listening. I can't promise it all reads sensibly but it helps to get it out.

Well, it wasn't as bad as the first, so hopefully that is a trend!

As a very wise fish once said: 'just keep swimming, just keep swimming'

Good decision. Stay in Chicago.

It really does seem like staying in Chicago is your best option right now. It really sucks to hear you're feeling down, but like you said it isn't as bad as the first round.

I'm sure you don't feel like doing much in your weakened state. When you don't have the motivation to play games would reading be a good option? If not how about audio books?

Kinda surprised that hasn't hit earlier; I take that as a good sign. Take it one day at a time, and do everything you can to relax and gain strength. You'll get through this.

1Dgaf wrote:

Good decision. Stay in Chicago.

I'm glad I didn't have to be the one to say it.

It was a grueling Thursday through Saturday, but Sunday marked a real turning point after this last round of treatment. I am feeling tons better today - my appetite has returned to normal, I'm not achey and queasy throughout my body, and I don't feel anywhere near as weak and fragile as I did five days ago. Special thanks to the friendly folks in the IRC chat for providing entertainment and conversation as I eased in and out of communicative-ness in the past few days. Time and time again, this community amazes me and always feels like home.

Glad to hear you are making good progress this time! Hope things continue to improve.

So I need some suggestions. This week was mostly okay physically, in that I felt okay to good most days, but I've really started to be bothered by the isolation and solitude I'm experiencing daily. I had friends by Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and then Saturday. While those were good experiences, that time in between is agonizingly long and I find myself feeling sad, bored, and lonely. Days are long as is - I typically wake up between 6 and 8 am local, and then I'm awake until I can feel tired enough to try to sleep, which is typically between 7pm and 11pm. I'm not strong enough to leave the house of my own accord on a reliable basis, and hobby/task oriented stuff is hard to fit in because I never know where my focus, attention span, nausea, and a host of other factors are going to choose to cooperate enough to even let me play a game for half an hour.

Any ideas? I'm really at a loss for what to do here.