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).