Tuesday, August 6, 2013

"First Chemo Treatment, Check" - Mom

Dad completed his first chemo treatment today. He said he didn't feel any type of sensation. The only thing he felt was when the needle was inserted into the port.

^^^Val, his nurse that will be giving him treatment for the next six months. ^^^

We don't know what side effects he will have for another day or two. The side effects are across the board from some people feeling more energy and others none. Chemotherapy aside, we don't anticipate Dad feeling better for the next month or so, as recovery from his surgery typically takes 8 weeks.

Dad continues to lose weight because eating is still a struggle. He's fairly fatigued and has a hard time resting.

One upside is that Val suggested that he could eat ice cream with the highest fat content blended with ensure. He liked hearing that, but opted for ice cream without the ensure - for dinner. If you're curious, Haagen Dazs has one of the highest fat contents. Sorry if that ruins Haagen Dazs for anyone.

Unfortunately he was discouraged from being around children and crowds because his immune system will be weak for a while. Thank you for contacting my Mom to visit my Dad. Visits 45 minutes and under are a perfect pick-me-up for him!


  1. I can completely sympathize with your family right now. My 5 year old daughter just completed 60 weeks of chemotherapy (which ended up taking about 16 months) for an optic glioma (tumor on the optic nerve). It has been a very trying year and a half for us, but we have been so blessed and have seen many miracles. Best wishes and prayers to your family!
    Jamie (Goodwin) Perkins

  2. Well, my favorite is Ben & Jerry's, so I'm okay, right? ;-)

    Glad to hear his first treatment wasn't bad. ((Hugs)) to you all!

  3. Thinking and praying for you and your family.

  4. Thank you for keeping us updated. I've been missing you, Bruce and Jeanie! You are continually in our thoughts and prayers.