Second Chemo Treatment – Days 1 and 2

Day 1 ended much as it began, with a cloudy and muddled man just getting through the day.  He spent most of the day resting or sleeping, although he did eat and drink fairly well for a person with no appetite.  We stuck with soups, smoothies and a finely cut up stew.  He needed two nausea tablets yesterday, but there was no vomiting.  Day 2, today, has started off on a similar note.  We had a bland breakfast of oatmeal and stewed prunes, tea, lemon water and a smoothie.  Whatever he could get in of any of it was fine by me.  We had opted for more hydration today and the visiting nurse came by and hooked up his saline solution to his picc line.  He will get a half litre today (over the course of 2 hours) and we will see how he does/feels after that.

The nurse spoke with him about two items.  The first being his commitment to exercise.  This is a good thing, however, they discussed how out of breath he was just from walking up and down our hallway four times.  (This was all he could manage today.)  She reminded him that his adrenaline is hard at work dealing with the chemo infusion he had and consequently he won’t be able to do much in the way of physical activity at this particular moment.  He needs to rest.  The second item was “chemo brain”, the inability to retrieve information or recall things with the ease he once had.  He’s been very frustrated about his perceived memory loss.  This is not uncommon, and there is a lot of information out there on it, even support groups.  Fortunately, this too is temporary and will pass.  These little concerns can become quite monumental when you don’t know what to expect.  I am most thankful that we have the nurse that we do.

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