Oh - and the packing! We pack laptops, a lunch, magazines, newspaper. The chemo rooms also have TV, but we don't seem to turn it on. I think it would be hard to concentrate when the nurses are coming in and out and such.
So - it's Chemo #2 - and Brett was really feeling great when we went in for his 2nd dose of chemotherapy! We got a great room (it was a double-room - so I got a recliner also!).
Brett did well. He is still getting chemo in his arm, but soon will be going in for day surgery to get his port! He's pretty excited they won't be poking his arms (as much) anymore, but a little nervous they are going to be inserting this in his chest and making a (tiny) cut into his jugular vein!
Notice his new shirt! He's been craving frozen treats lately - and we recently went to the Mall (during a very non-busy time.. there was barely anyone there) and he picked this popsicle shirt from H&M! Isn't it "cool"?! (*groan* at the pun - it's okay).
During the chemo - during one of the drugs, they give him a frozen treat or ice chips. It slows the blood flow in his mouth and (hopefully) makes it so he doesn't get (as many) mouth sores.
We thought it was funny that he opted for a cup of lime sherbet instead of a popsicle! And he's wearing his popsicle shirt! The nurse thought that was funny, too.
What happens after Chemo Day?
The days after chemo - Brett sleeps. He went right to bed after this treatment and slept most of the next 4 days. He has no interest in eating or drinking - so I have to wake him up and get him to eat and drink. He started to perk up on Sunday - and by Monday and Tuesday was feeling more normal. The following week he eats like CRAZY!
Support! Wow!! The letters, cards, meals and just overall kind words and hugs are so sustaining. We are grateful to everyone for everything!!
Brett (and us) decided to make this public because we think it's sort of a "all hands on deck" approach. So many know and care - and why not share the struggles and achievements with everyone? We feel it may help others going through things.
Our hearts are full - and we have nothing but gratitude for the Lord, family and friends. No life is without trials - it's how you handle them that is important -- and how we come together to help each other. Don't hold back hugs or words to those you appreciate!