Chemo No. 5 - Fri. Session - (Journal Date: 6/3/05)
I was paying bills the night before my chemo and started to get hot-flashes. I decided to go outside and sit on the front steps to cool off and watch the evening rain come down. My wife was only about 30 seconds behind me, so I know she is watching me pretty closely.
We talked and she put her arm around me knowning that I was feeling a little down in anticipation of Chemo No. 5. We both know that I feel pretty good right before treatments, and that I was getting ready to go back into battle with all of the strong drugs. She reassured me that it would be ok again this time, and that she and the girls really appreciated me fighting through the tough times and doing what I needed to do so that we could have a future together. The rain sounded so much better!!
My chemo appointment was scheduled for the afternoon session, so I was going to have something humorous for those nurses and to lighten things up around the Chemo Center. This time I borrowed a pair of boxer shorts that were red and white (candy-cane) striped and they had plastic butt-cheeks attached to the outside of the backside. When one of the nurses came over to hook up my chemo, I told her to stand-by while I used the restroom. I returned with the boxers on over my blue jeans, but she didn't see me right away. So my wife pointed to me and told the nurse that I really needed some help. When the nurse looked, I had my backside facing her with the red and white boxers and plastic butt-cheeks giving her the moon!!! I thought she was going to roll on the floor she laughed so hard. I told her I did it just to "crack" her up!! The rest of the nurses, a doctor, and even the chemo patients got in on the fun. They really think that I'm CRAZY!!
I will need to get a lot of rest this week since we are planning to fly out to San Francisco on Friday. The girls are excited about their first time flying on a big plane and seeing the Golden Gate, Alcatraz, and some of the sites. I know it will make for some good memories and I am determined to make it wonderful. I believe keeping an active life style is beneficial since it gives me something to look forward to and to feel well for.
A friend of mine in Charlotte contacted me about these blog journals. Turns out that his father is getting ready to start chemo this coming Monday and he thought the blogs would be helpful for him to read. GREAT!!! My desire to help others prepare for this journey is happening. I wish him and any others that can benefit from these blogs all the best and my prayers are with you!!
Remember, "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. - Philippians 4:13
Dude...For all of those who may read this and don't know you. I can only hope they have the faith, strength and determination that you have. You've been an inspiration to me and I'm sure to others who have read about your travels over the past months. When I think about what you and others like you have gone through it makes me realize how truly fortunate I am. Additionally, I stop and think about what a great time we live in where health care professionals have been blessed with the knowledge, skill and desire to help cure and treat these diseases - aren't we fortunate. I, like a lot of the people in your life look forward to your final treatment and moving forward to bigger and better times. We'll continue our prayers for you and may God bless you and your family - Chip
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