In my post ‘Bacon Grease‘, I wrote the following –
This week involved no doctor’s appointments, no procedures, no hospitals and no chemo; it was vacation week. Because I have a drain and tube sutured to my back and connected to my right kidney, I require daily care to ensure the area stays sterile and the tube is free from blockage. I have a home health professional that visits me daily to flush the tube and ensure the area with the tube is stable and healthy.
With these visits, the only events associated with my health; it made for a nice week.
In my post ‘98 Degrees‘, I wrote the following –
Sunday I felt better, therefore the final trip of my Vacation Week was taken and that evening the temperature reaches 101.6. Monday my temperature spikes to 102.6 and I am now in the hospital.
That was the way my Vacation Week ended; no 98 Degrees, but 102.6 Degrees – not a catchy name for a boy band group!
In today’s post, I write the following –
I spent 3 days in the hospital last week receiving antibiotics to fight an infection via an IV. You remember several weeks ago I had a procedure to insert a tube through my back into my kidney. This tube; called a nephrostomy was removed prior to leaving the hospital. The ureteral stent that was inserted at the time of the nephrostomy will remain the duration of the chemo treatment. Both provided great relief from the pain I had previously experienced. Now with no nephrostomy and just the ureteral stent, I am happier in that I can sleep in numerous positions because of no tube exiting my back and just not having it at all is, well ‘freeing’.
The hospital visit was not the most pleasant experience for me and you can read more about it in my post ‘Where is me?’
Last Friday I visited my Oncologist Dr. D. followed by chemotherapy: the 1st week of the 2nd cycle for my chemotherapy; meaning I will have another treatment this week and then have next week off. The 1st cycle was not bad in that the nausea was non-existent and I kept a healthy appetite. Days immediately following I am very tired and fatigued, this is to be expected. I also am experiencing mouth sores. My gums and tongue are covered in sores and this creates discomfort; thank goodness for Magic Mouthwash!
As you can see last week was filled with many different events taking place with regards to my health. This week will be slower with events, just chemo later in the week. The antibiotics that were started via IV in the hospital I continue to take via pill form for several more days.
Infection continues to be fought – Cancer continues to be fought – I continue to fight.
I hope everyone has a great week, I appreciate each and every one of you, truly I do.