Chemo

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Registered: 06-08-2002
Chemo
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Tue, 01-21-2014 - 12:34pm

First round...I'm hooked up to a pump that infuses 5-FU into me until tomorrow morning.  I had 3 hours of chemo in the doctor's office yesterday and they attached this to me afterwards.  I had no idea it would be this prolonged.  I can't go back to work  Wednesday, because I can't be removed from the pump until 10 tomorrow morning.  So I've reduced the number of days I can work to 7 out of every 10.  That's a problem.  I had to take some money out of my IRA to live, since my hubsand's death, and now I'm going to have to take more.  But at least I have that option.  Some people have no savings or money set aside for emergencies.

I'm very tired and when I eat, the first bite or two  causes my salivary glands to hurt. And cold things hurt the back of my throat.   I drank a swallow of orange juice from the bottle this morning and it felt like I was swallowing rocks and glass shards.  Weird.  

But life is full of challenges and I will get through this one.  I'm going to be fine.





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Registered: 08-25-2013
In reply to: calliopsis
Tue, 01-21-2014 - 1:12pm

Are you having to stay at the hospital? Do you have anyone in person to help drive you and keep you company? How are your employers reacting to this?

My thoughts and prayers are with you daily. You sound like a very strong person. Keep up the faith. :-)

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In reply to: calliopsis
Wed, 01-22-2014 - 10:52am

First and foremost, (((HUGS))).

I'm sorry you're dealing with this. Do you have family/friends to lean on? You sound like you're in a good place, but I'm certain you still need support. Please don't keep it all on yourself. If you don't have family/friends, please think about a support group. Here's a link for the American Cancer Society's Find Support information page: http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/index.

I'm not familiar with the side effects you're dealing with, but I hope they subside for you soon.

Wishing you only the best,

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In reply to: freeatlast2008
Wed, 01-22-2014 - 1:14pm

Hi

wow this is rough but there are things you can do if you choose. first off the body needs to be in a alkaline state which means a PH Of 7 or 8.. How do you get that.. check a great site called www.earthclinic.com  and see how to best get an alkaline body.. A good PH..

After that I have read tha people are curing cancer with cannabis oil.. Now I am not sure where you can get that but ask your doctor for medicinal cannabis or check utube or ask around to anyone who might know.. Next I hear that baking soda helps but look that up for yourself..

Eat lots of organic fruits and veggies and juice everyday if you can.. Clear out the toxins.. maybe do cleanses or enemas. There is another protocol called the Budwig Diet.. Look that up or Gershon therapy..........................drink alot of distilled water...

make sure all you eat and drink and take in and make up and all of that is pure organic.. It is worth the price..

Oh; I also agree with the above poster.. Find support anywhere you can. There must be some support. If not get a pet and take walks . The body needs oxygen.. Also a pet can help.. My cat  is great at this time.. when I pet her my bp comes down.. Its amazing

good Luck and keep us updated!!!

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Registered: 02-18-2013
In reply to: calliopsis
Thu, 01-23-2014 - 10:41am

I am so sorry to hear about your situation. I agree with everyone that you need support. Check with your treatment center to find out if they have support group meetings. Many places do so please look into it and go.

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Registered: 06-08-2002
In reply to: calliopsis
Mon, 01-27-2014 - 6:46pm

They sent me home with a portable pump, so I could be mobile, but I didn't feel well enough to much more than lay in bed.  By Tuesday evening, I was very ill.  Wednesday was another bad day and though I went back to work Thursday, I shouldn't have.  I was in no shape to teach.  Still I needed at least 10 days this month to get my health insurance paid by my school district.  Otherwise it would cost me $1042.  But I am much, much better and have been since the weekend.  In fact, I'm eating doritos as I type this!  Bad me.





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Registered: 08-25-2013
In reply to: alviejo1o
Thu, 01-30-2014 - 3:31pm

I love Doritos but have dental issues so don't get them often.

I am assuming you are a teacher since you teach. Is your school cooperating with your schedule?