"It was good. How was yours?" That's the best reply, I guess!
|I guess not everyone knows what we've been up to!|
This is on the wall as you go to the Grace Clinic.
So life with our new house-guest (named Cancer) this summer hasn't been all bad. We plan things with Brett during the "week off" or the "non-chemo week"... and we've been letting Cancer know he's not welcome to stay any longer. We're really over it now... and would like things back to normal.
Today is Chemo treatment #7 (or Cycle 4, Day 1 as they call in it the medical world).
It was a quiet morning. I think it's getting harder knowing that he's not going to feel well afterwards for days. We woke up and I made him a homemade eggs/bacon/cheese english muffin sandwich... and packed our lunch bag (a Minion bag we got as a gift from a dear family in Utah whose son is serving the same mission Brett was serving) and laptops and we were on our way.
|Thank you to the wonderful "N" family!|
It's perfect for chemo day lunch!
(The lunch choices close to the cancer center are not great...
and since we're usually there all day, it's good to
pack a couple sandwiches
and fruit and yogurt, etc.)
Brett was already pretty tired... he couldn't sleep last night, so he slept through most of chemo. The labs look pretty good (of course - still neutropenic... or barely any white blood cells) but all other numbers are looking good. Sharing a few pictures from our little cube/room today...
|We always tease that Brett has 3 white blood cells left...|
Neutropenic means Brett follows a modified "diet" of sorts. He can't eat things like the "dirty dozen" of fruits and vegetables, such as strawberries and lettuce because they can't be washed quite enough. (Fruits/veggies with skins that can be peeled - or if they are cooked well, are good.) Brett can't go to buffet-type restaurants or cafeterias for the most part. Eating out is always a risk - but if it's a place that does made-to-order, then there is a better chance things are okay - just not lettuce on his sandwiches, etc.
If you have normal blood counts (or at least somewhere in the "normal" range), then you can handle normal bacteria that is in/on food.
September is Blood Cancer Awareness month (includes lymphomas, leukemias, myeloma) - so you might see that around Facebook for different cancers. I think that means we want people (for ALL cancers) to be aware of signs for early detection so treatment doesn't have to be so harsh and the cure rate is higher.