Oct 212015

Lung Cancer RibbonI haven’t had any major events to blog about over the last few weeks, so I’m putting what I do have together into one post.

I still can’t use my feeding tube for anything but medications (what goes in comes back up). So the doctor prescribed TPN instead. It took more than a week to get it (hello, starving here), but they finally got it started yesterday. I still feel hungry, but my stomach has settled some. So far, I’ve lost 16 pounds

Instead of an IV pole, I carry the pump and TPN solution around in a bag with me for 18 hours a day. The plan is to eventually cut me back to 12.

Two more days and I’ll be done with radiation therapy (yay!). My neck is really raw right now, but thankfully, it looks worse than it feels. My throat pain is being well controlled between the fentanyl patch and the hydrocodone, so I just need to get through these last two and then I can start to heal.

For the last several says I’ve been coughing a lot of stuff up. I took a round of antibiotics, but it hasn’t stopped. The oncologist doesn’t seem too concerned about it. I’m hoping it’s related to the radiation therapy and will stop when that stops.

I have no idea how long it will be before I can eat or drink anything again, but I’m hoping not more than a few weeks. I’m dying for a glass of water right now!

Last I heard, they were not going to do any diagnostic studies to see if any of this is working until after I finish the chemo. I’ll see the radiation oncologist tomorrow. If he has anything different to say, I’ll put up another quick post.

My friend picked the right time to visit last week. I was feeling pretty good after my blood transfusion, so we even went out to the beach and took a short walk. That was nice. Unfortunately, she spent a lot of time watching me sleep, but it was nice visiting with her in between naps.

Round 4 of chemo starts next week (I have 6 total).

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  9 Responses to “This, that, and the other thing”

  1. So glad you’re almost done with the radiation!!!! Crossing my fingers that everything will get easier after that’s out of the way.

  2. Julie,
    You’re in the home stretch. Soon you will be in the healing stage. Gary and I are sending prayers and hugs to you.
    Take care and keep fighting. Sharon

  3. Hang in there and keep praying.

  4. Good Job, Julie! The radiation is the worst…it’s good news that it’s over in two days. You have been through so much.

  5. I continue to pray for you!

  6. Like everyone else has said you are almost done with all this stuff and hopefully you have beat this thing called cancer! I am glad that Gina was there to visit with you. Big hugs your way! Renee

  7. A good friend will enjoy watching you nap. Hang in there, your doing fine.

  8. You did look like that walk on the beach did your soul good. I know that right know the soul in mind body and soul is not your #1 priority but we still have to feed the soul. I am glad I was there for that shinny moment in your treatment. After today 1 radiation and done. YOU GOT THIS!

  9. I am so glad you are in the home stretch. We are in our prayers daily.
    On the other side I wish I could loss 16#’s lol just not that way. You will stay in our prayers always. Love being sent your way.

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