Nutrition experts continually remind us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that we should start each day with a healthy breakfast. In my world a healthy breakfast has always been bacon and eggs with hash browns and a side of biscuits and gravy or maybe a good loaded western omelet with a couple pancakes on the side.
Hello new world. Pictured is this morning’s breakfast and if I follow the Dr.’s prescribed menu this will be my breakfast for the foreseeable future. I am already about ten days into this routine. Oh yes, if I remove that little glass pitcher to the extreme right, this is also my lunch and dinner menu. The little pitcher contains a delicacy served only for breakfast; it is called Miralax.
The process works like this. I attach that syringe looking thing with the numbers to the flexible tube that now protrudes from my belly; I’ll do you a favor and not share a picture of that. After the apparatus is assembled I simply pour all that stuff down the tube. It seems to be working, I have gained about 3 pounds. It is the first time I have been happy about gaining weight since high school.
I am not totally dependent on the feeding tube, I can still eat small portions of selected items via the old fashioned put it in the mouth chew it and swallow it method. I just can’t eat or drink nearly enough to maintain the level of nutrition and hydration necessary to get me through what lies ahead.
Speaking of what lies ahead. I had anticipated being a few days into the radiation/chemo process by now, however we encountered a few typical delays. The planning, coordination and all those things are complete and treatment will begin Monday.
The first chemo is scheduled for 8:00 am; they are planning 4 to 4 1/2 hours for the first one; Radiation will follow at 2:10 pm. If everything goes well I just might have time to come home and pour a bottle or two of Ensure down the tube between the treatments. The finalized plan is for 25 radiation treatments and, I believe, 5 weeks of chemo.
I am more than ready to finally proceed into battle against this cancer deal. I am optimistic that the battle will be successful, however I am apprehensive and a little nervous as I face the unknown. The side effects of chemo and radiation can be very vicious or they can be reasonably mild, I have personally witnessed both extremes. I am hoping for mild, expecting somewhere in the middle and trying to prepare for the vicious stuff.
I still don’t have any real detail on the proposed surgery. It will be performed at the Stephenson Cancer Center in OKC, I will see the surgeon next week for an initial consultation. I have done a little research and will limit my uneducated comment to it appears to be a pretty major deal. I think that is what my oncologist eluded to without scaring me with the details.
I am adapting reasonably well to the sudden changes in my lifestyle, my attitude is good and I believe that really is light at the end of the tunnel; not the proverbial “oncoming train”.
Please mention me and the family as you say your prayers and consider a donation to the cancer research organization of your choice.
Thanks for reading what I write and we’ll talk again in a few days.
Good Night and God Bless.