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.
Thank you.😊 for posting.
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Call if you need anything.
Love you all!
Thanks for keeping us informed. Prayers for all of you.
Prayers for you ! Please let us know if we can help in any way.
You have demonstrated an amazing attitude. I’m proud of you. I doubt any of us could maintain a sense of humor at this point. I know you can do this. Take it one day at a time. Chemo was not easy for me but I tried to focus on the hope it provided. I know you are also. Praying for you.
You are in my prayers ! Thank you for the update.
Carry ensure with you….prayers and love
I am sorry for this delayed response but just want you to know I’m praying for you and your family. This is difficult for all. Thanks for taking your time and energy to post this update. I hope you are having a good day.