A Great Night’s Sleep!

I’ve been feeling worse and worse the past few days. I’ve been coughing up a lot of junk and generally feeling like I got hit by a bus, with my whole body aching. After working yesterday I stopped at Kroger to pick up some dinner for Tina and myself, as she was also not feeling well and had called off work. I got home dead tired and laid down about 5:30 for a quick nap before grilling the steaks and steaming the lobster.

The next thing I know, I wake up at 10:45 because I had to go to the bathroom. After taking care of my business I went back to bed and decided to go back to sleep. Tina woke me a few times through the night but otherwise I slept really good until 9:00 this morning. It has been a very long time since I went to bed and basically slept fifteen hour straight.

I woke up with the same cough, but feel very well rested. Hopefully the extra sleep gave my body a chance to fight the nasty sickies and help get me feeling better soon. I’ve got chemo this week and the last thing I need on top of that is to hbe sick.

What a Weekend

This weekend started off with me sleeping half of Friday evening and then being up past 2am Saturday morning. I didn’t mind it too much because I was tired and knew that I had to work Saturday evening on a phone system upgrade.

Saturday I woke up at 6:30am, picked up Tina from work, and then went back to sleep until after noon. Then I watched a little TV with Bree, dropped her off for a babysitting gig, then went home and took Tina and Ava to dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse. It’s always a good time having Ava join us for some quality fun time, just the three of us.

Unfortunately, Bree was not feeling well when I picked her back up, after dropping Tina off to work. I slept a couple of hours early Saturday evening, went to work for about three and a half hours, and was again up way too late. While I was at work, Bree woke up and told me that she had a fever of 103.2 and didn’t feel good. That lead us to the local urgent care on Sunday, where we found out she has strep throat. The rest of Sunday was spent taking naps, running to the store, and staying away from Bree.

Then I was up until after 3am on Monday morning. My sleep schedule is totally messed up and I have to get it right by tomorrow for work. I’m still coughing up major junk, even after finishing the Z-pack, and feeling pretty poopy. Ill be calling the doctor again on Tuesday for another prescription and hope that I feel better soon.

Here we Go Again

My chest has been feeling tight the past few days and my breathing has been getting progressively worse since Friday. Last night I actually had to use my home aerosol machine to do a breathing treatment, just to get my breathing settled down so that I could try to sleep.

Today it seems to be a little better, but that is most likely due to the fact that my wife wants me to go to urgent care and I don’t want to. True, I probably should and will end up doing it, but I sure don’t want to.

I never realized how compromised my immune system would be while undergoing chemo treatments. This will be my third or fourth time at urgent care for the same thing since I started chemo, back in November. That’s not even counting the two or three times that I went to the doctor and not urgent care.

It seems like I am getting sick every couple of weeks. Anytime I see someone at work sick I know it’s coming for me next. Not very fun. Especially considering that this is chemo week. The last thing that I want or need on chemo week when I already feel so drained.

Hopefully they can give me a prescription for antibiotics tonight at urgent care.

All Work and No Play…

So I have been really busy at work, working 11 straight days as of last Saturday. Most of those days were 10+ hours and most days I came home to eat and sleep as much as I could. I had Sunday off and, other than catching Kong: Skull Island with my son Mark and his girlfriend Michelle, it was a day of being lazy with a lot of sleep and general rest. Then I was back to work on Monday.

Tuesday was chemo and afterward I tried to sleep for awhile, but that didn’t happen right away. I caught up on some TV shows on the DVR and then about 6:00pm I fell asleep. My sweet wife, Tina, woke me up at almost 8:00pm with a great dinner, and I was then awake until well after 3:00am today. Because of my lack of sleep, the effects of the chemo, and a lot of work over the past two weeks, I took today as a sick day and decided to get some more sleep and general rest.

The good news is that I only have two days left to work this week and I also have a massage scheduled at Massage Green Spa for Saturday at 8:00pm. So I’m almost there, and with some good rest today, I think I can make it.

Bad Sleep but Good News

I fell asleep last night about 10pm and woke up this morning just after 4:30am. I’ve been coughing the last few days and pulled a muscle in my back, which has been keeping me from getting a good night’s sleep since. Today was no different when I apparently rolled over in my sleep, because I quickly awoke with a sharp pain in my back.

Unfortunately, I am going to work this morning, after I pick Tina up from work at 7am, to make some changes on our core router. That means that going back to sleep is probably not going to happen anytime soon. The good news is that my mom and dad offered to treat me to a massage, to get that muscle worked on, and I have an appointment today at 2pm at Massage Green Spa. I’m hoping and praying for some serious relief from the pain when my appointment is done.

I also called the Victory Center this week and found out more about their services, which are free for cancer patients and their immediate families. They offer massages, reflexology, reiki, exercise programs, counseling, and more, all at no charge. What an awesome thing for people in the Toledo area and I have an intake meeting scheduled for next Wednesday at 1pm. They already scheduled me for a massage next Saturday, too.

Once again, it’s nice to see organizations providing free or discounted services to cancer patients. God is definitely shining His loving light down, I just need to remember to open my eyes and look for it.

Still Sick but Some Good News

I saw my doctor (PCP) on Tuesday and he started me on a new medication for my ears. Yesterday I felt a little better, but the pain came back last night and was also in my right ear, more than it had been so far. This is day two of the new medication so hopefully it will take effect today or tomorrow, so that I can get some relief. Because of the ear pain, and my cute granddaughter Ava staying the night and sleeping in our bed with us, I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night.

I also saw my oncologist on Tuesday and discussed the side effects that I am dealing with from the chemo. He initially talked about reducing or cutting out the Oxaliplatin, which is one of the two chemo drugs in FOLFOX, but I quickly suggested that we try it for at least one more treatment. I can certainly deal with the neuropathy that it causes if it will help kick this cancer’s butt!

The doctor also said that he only wants to do two more chemo treatments before sending me for a new PET scan. That is awesome because he originally wanted to do at least six treatments, and has reduced it to just four, before the new scan! I am waiting for scheduling to call me with the date, which should be in or around the second week in January.

While there, we also moved my chemo days from Monday to Tuesday, so that Tina doesn’t have to keep switching her Sundays at work to join me at chemo. Having her there with me helps me tremendously and makes it a lot easier for me to bear; I think I would be really bummed out if I had to go alone! Tina has been my rock through all of this and I am blessed to have such a loving, caring, and devoted wife!

Lastly, we scheduled my next appointment with Dr. Phinney at the Toledo Clinic Cancer Centers for January 20th. I am both excited and worried about this, for obvious reasons, and one other reason. Obviously I don’t want to hear that the cancer isn’t reacting to the chemo, or is spreading/growing. Also, January 20th is my beautiful bride’s birthday and I don’t want any potential bad news to wreck the day that is supposed to be all about her.

But I promised her and myself that I wouldn’t let myself get too ahead in the game, and try not to worry about what may or may not happen at that appointment. I am trying really hard to remain focused and keep my head in the fight. I am so grateful that I have the relationship with God that I do, so that I can turn this kind of stuff over to Him and His will! I may have to turn it over to Him multiple times a day sometimes, but I still can and will continue to do just that.

Sick and Tired

After three days of antibiotics, my ear and jaw are not feeling any better. I was up half the night trying to get comfortable and using a heating pad on my ear for minor relief. Today Tina told me to take the day off and stay home and rest, as much as I can.

I called my doctor office this morning but can’t get in until tomorrow at 7:30am so I have at least a few more days of this before I feel better. And, since I’m completely out of sick and vacation days and don’t get paid for days I take off, tomorrow I’m going to have to suck it up and go to work.

I’m getting ready to try to take a nap and I am hoping and praying that I am able to get at least an hour or two of uninterrupted sleep and wake up feeling even just a little better. I have never in my life had an earache that hurts like this one does and have a whole new respect for my daughters, who both have had their fair share of earaches in life.

I just want to get some sleep and have this pain go away…

Still Waiting

Well it’s been 24 hours and the antibiotics haven’t helped at all yet. My left ear and the left side of my jaw is still hurting pretty badly and pretty regularly, especially when I eat or yawn. On the bright side, my right ear is doing okay and I hope that continues.

I slept for almost twelve hours last night and it felt great. Then I did a whole bunch of nothing all day and spent the afternoon and early evening watching a few movies that I’ve been wanting to catch up on. The Magificent Seven (2016) and Hell or High Water were both really good and Mechanic: Ressurection was pretty good, too.

Now I’m watching the UFC 206 event on TV and plan to go to bed soon, so that I can get some more good rest, and make it to church in the morning. Being sick sucks and I am so hoping that when I wake up in the morning my ear and jaw is feeling better.