Checking In: 2023-10-04

Content warning: bodily functions

Checking in for 2023-10-04:

  • Today was my chemo day for the Bevacizumab (nee: Avastin, Mvasi, Zirabev). It's almost become routine, with me joking and catching up with the nurses at Cancer Care Associates. They're fantastic folks and I am grateful for their care and attention.
  • Tomorrow I start weekly shots of Epoetin alfa (nee: Procrit) to try to handle the anemia that I'm facing with the Lonsurf and Bevacizumab combination. Hoping this will return some of those numbers back to "normal".
  • The reason I'm getting shots tomorrow instead of, y'know, when I'm there n Tuesdays or Wednesdays is because of insurance taking their time. Insurance definitely makes things less convenient at times.
  • The previous few days I really didn't poop so last night I more than made up for it. It definitely was catching up for lost time and making sure I paid a bit of interest. I went from constipated in the morning to very much not constipated by the end.
  • As I was getting my chemo I noticed a gentleman starting his journey with chemo. He was experiencing a lot of the same things I was: same drugs, same trepidation, same concerns. My heart ached for him and I thought several times about poking my head over to give him some details on what was going on but time and cowardice conspired so that I didn't feel it appropriate to do so. When I got home I thought about it a bit and decided to write up a quick note for anyone going through the same thing. It's called Cancer Buddy and it's something I'm hoping to bring tomorrow when I get my Procrit shots to see if it'll be useful for others in a similar situation. I know there have to be others struggling like that gentleman (and with luck maybe he'll get a copy). My hope is that I can at least provide some guidance and help with the uncertainty a bit.
  • Didn't work on my projects this morning, but hoping that this Cancer Buddy note makes up for it. Hoping to get back to things tomorrow.

That's all for now. More as I know it.