Not been on for a while. Husband has got through his 1st cycle of chemo with very little incident - or so we thought until he went for round 2. His bloods were too low and they were concerned about his kidney function so he got sent away for the weekend, told to eat and drink more (which he was struggling to do) and we returned on Monday. Bloods were a wee bit better but they hooked him up to a drip straight away to get some fluid in to him. Chemo went ahead on Monday, but he had to stay in hospital an extra night while they pumped more fluids, salts and glucose in to him. He wasn't best pleased about that, but he knew it needed to be. I felt that the Doctors and nurses weren't listening when we were telling him he was struggling to eat and drink their reply was "chemo does that". I told god know how many people he was not sick because of the chemo he physically could not get food and drink passed the tumour that's taken up residency in his oesophagus!!! Was not a happy bunny, but eventually a registrar listened to what we were saying, hence the extra day in hospital.
Moral of the story if you think you're drinking enough, drink some more and then some more on top of that. He got a row, not only from me but his consultant too. Least now he know's I wasn't just being a nagging wife!!
Anyway he got back home on Wednesday and he's been doing fantastic. He's managing to get out and about and do little chores round the house, which is helping me a great deal, I am just so, so tired all the time. But it's short term pain for long term gain so I'll suck it up and get over it He's also managing to eat and drink normally again and after stamping our feet we have now been told to call the hospital the minute he starts struggling. Think the steroids are reducing the inflammation temporarily and allowing him to eat, but at least the hospital now understand this.
He's also been put on another injection called g-csf which I believe stimulates the bone marrow to produce more white blood cells and generate his own stem cells so his bloods counts don't dip and he can still fight infection
So with the slight delay in chemo it has put our finishing date out ever so slightly, just hope there are no more and we can just progress through this and get it done and dusted, however when the next cycle starts we'll be over half way which I think psychologically will be a huge milestone.
Sorry for such a long post.
Have a great weekend!!