Friday, February 8, 2013

Chemo Consultation

Our Chemo Consultation was Tuesday on February 5th and went fairly well. The staff at the Sparrow-Clinton hospital where we are having treatments done are truly amazing, and makes you feel very comfortable there.

My liver is of concern right now where apparently I have numerous tumors of decent size on both lobes, which of course is the cause of much of the pain I am experiencing right now. So the plan is to hit it hard, hit it fast with the hope that the Chemo will shrink them down. Right now my liver seems to still be functioning okay so we are hopeful that this works and the pain will go away fairly soon.

Monday I go in early in the morning to get a port put in, which will allow easy blood withdrawals and chemo treatments that just remains in while I am in treatment.

Tuesday I go in again fairly early for the first chemo treatment and will most likely be in for about 4 hours they said as they like to keep you a little longer for the first treatment.

We are doing a 3 week on of treatments and then I get 1 week off before doing another 3 week on which after that they will do another cat scan and see whats up and if it worked or what have you.

Every Sunday I have to go in to get lab  work done before chemo sessions on Tuesdays. With the hospital being 25-30 miles away this will be some traveling for us but well worth it in the end.

We have been asked if we wanted it transferred here locally where it would only be 5 miles away for us but we have grown very fond of the staff at Sparrows. I would rather drive a little further and be treated well and where I feel comfortable than go local and get the brush offs that I am so accustomed to getting. Where we are going, they care a great deal and actually "listen" to you , I must say it has definitely been the best hospital experience that I have EVER had and can not rave enough about the staff there.

On the home front, I have dropped from 127 lbs to 124 and a half. My back is killing me all the time, and it seems the pain meds are only working about half the time so I have no desire to get off the couch during the day. I am staying in good spirits though and keeping positive and talking with loved ones, laughing plenty and life is a blessing.

Like I said though, I am hopeful that the chemo means the tumors start shrinking soon and this pain will now be short lived as normally I am a very active person who does not sit down all day! I feel so LAZY being on the couch all day and I know this is not true but for a very active person this is how it feels, which tends to bring a little guilt with it as well. I do not like feeling LAZY and helpless it is driving me nuts. I feel like a dainty little girl who needs a man to do everything for her and this is coming from a gal who is country all the way and being much stronger than she looks lifting heavy things all the time like steal beams! I have worked construction for goodness sake! And now need help cutting open an acorn squash!

So right now I look forward to a day where I can be active again and regain my strength!

Oh and that I tolerate chemo this Tuesday fairly well!



  1. We'll be praying you through this, Carrie! One thing that REALLY helped when I had colon cancer and had a lot of pain is when I soaked in a hot bath. Sometimes, I was in and out of a hot tub several times during the night. It was the only thing that seemed to help. Or, maybe you could try a heating pad. Thanks for the update BTW. Much appreciated!! God bless you and your family, sweetie!! <>

    1. Thanks FancyFree! Yes I LOVE my daily soak in the tub, my 30 minutes of pain free time. The frugal person in me already feels guilty taking 1 a day though, I am not sure I could take more than one haha. I have been thinking about a heating pad though seriously!

  2. "Lazy" in your case is your body trying to mend itself. When you are used to being the active Mom / I can do it myself type person it is hard to let others help.
    *Watched my Dad wash a splitting ax and chop a big Hubbard squash in pieces for my Mom. Squash is tough stuff sometimes.
    Sheila - Escanaba

    1. Yes those hubbard squashes are something else aren't they? And yeah it is hard to NOT be busy!

  3. Thanks for the update. Your kids must be so upset. You must save your strength. Watch some TV. I like the renovation shows. What kind of books do you like? Our Post Office has book exchange. Most people just leave their books there and don't pick up new ones. When you are treating pain, it is best to take the pills on a regular basis. Don't wait until you are really in pain. You want to maintain a constant blood level of the drug. Please, don't try to "white knuckle" it. That increases stress. Massage and foot rubs can help. When my best friend had breast cancer, she didn't like being touched, but she would let me brush her hair and rub her feet. Try it. Thinking of you. Ann

    1. Hi Ann, yeah I have been takin the pills every 6 hours but they are wearing off before that 6 hours is up but I keep pretty regular with them. My kids are taking all this really well actually, I am very proud of them.
      As far as books go, I like DIY type books especially on self reliance, and thrillers.

      Yes I LOVE back rubs right now and hubby has been wonderful about it thankfully because it helps tons.

  4. Carrie, not sure if there is a Ronald McDonald house located by the hospital, but I know they will provide accommodations when families are traveling distance for treatments. might be worth checking into :-)

  5. Carrie- I know you're going through treatment and most likely don't feel very well, but please update us when you get a chance. Hope you're doing okay, and please know that you have lots of friends out here praying for and thinking of you! God bless you and your family! xoxo