Well, it's my turn

Friday, September 9, 2022 by BigDogBigFeet | Discussion: Life, the Universe and Everything

I just got back from an unexpected week's stay in the hospital.  It isn't good news.  I'm still capable of independent living for now.  That may likely change in the future.  I wish I could share more but it's kind of tough.

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Reply #21 Thursday, September 15, 2022 1:59 PM

Day 3 Radiation Treatment.  I also went to Physical Therapy to cancel those couple of appointments (I am too busy with other appointments for the care I would receive there to be of much value).  I also went to my Primary Care for some blood work labs they wanted and a nursing visit.  I put my new large size daily weekly planner to use managing appointments and notes.

Day 4 Radiation Treatment.  I also spoke with a nutritionist regarding getting healthy levels of protein and calories in me.  I have swallowing challenges and I can consume liquids; solids are still a no go.  The radiation treatment is directed at shrinking the mass in my esophagus to improve my swallowing.  I spoke with the radiation physicians, and they said I may see more of them after this initial course of treatment but next will be chemo.  More phone calls with follow-up from my primary care team regarding blood labs.  I am a busy guy these days.  I thought I had retired.  sheesh.

Reply #22 Thursday, September 15, 2022 4:50 PM

Prayers BigDog, Also thank you for your service as i have served as well. Other members here gave some good advice so you always have a home here. We will listen when others won't. Main thing is to just take care of yourself, we will still be here.

Reply #23 Friday, September 16, 2022 6:38 AM

There's an app called Loóna that I use almost nightly because it helps me relax my mind, to calm my thoughts - racing as they almost always are - and if you're so inclined, you might find worlds of mental comfort in the app. Warm wishes and lots of love. ♥

You've got this.


Reply #24 Friday, September 16, 2022 10:09 AM

Ok BigDogBigFeet, if liquids are ok there are plenty of drinkable supplements that can help you stay strong, Protein Shakes in just about every flavour and other drinkables high in Fat. Come on Fella, you can do this, I know it is hard but keep your chin up, You have mates here so keep going.

Reply #25 Monday, September 19, 2022 11:58 AM

Day 5 Radiation Treatment.  This was on Friday. Went easily today.  No extra appointments.  Almost like going thru the drive-through.

Weekend lots of rest as I'm getting tired more quickly.  

Day 6 Radiation Treatment.  Went easily again.  Medical team took a little extra time to ensure precision.  I will have one or two errands today.  More rest later today.

Reply #26 Monday, September 19, 2022 12:34 PM


More rest later today.


Reply #27 Monday, September 19, 2022 12:47 PM



Shh, this is how I get everyone else to fetch things for me.

Reply #28 Monday, September 19, 2022 2:59 PM

lol!!! A good sense of humor also helps!

Reply #29 Tuesday, September 20, 2022 10:10 AM

Glad to see you are still making jokes BigDog.

Reply #30 Wednesday, September 21, 2022 11:57 AM

Day 7 Radiation Treatment.  This was Tuesday.  Again, nice and easy.  Returned in afternoon to speak with Oncology for chemotherapy.  I will need to get an infusion port.  Chemo will begin at that time.  I will be getting a combination of 2 chemo drugs and since there is a good match with my cancer type a monoclonal antibody treatment.  I will have to pay attention for side effects.  I am hopeful I will respond well to treatment.  Requested a Covid booster and a handicapped parking permit.  Both were approved.

Day 8 Radiation Treatment.  Was quick and easy.  I got my Covid booster.  I am planning a little day out before chemo begins for some relaxation with my wife. 

Reply #31 Wednesday, September 21, 2022 12:20 PM

You enjoy that Day out with the missus BigDog. All my best wishes to you and your good lady.

Reply #32 Wednesday, September 21, 2022 12:53 PM


I will have to pay attention for side effects. 

The tail isn't really a bother, but growing the gills? That's a whole other thing. 😉

Reply #33 Wednesday, October 19, 2022 3:13 PM

I thought I should update.  I completed days 9 and 10 of radiation therapy and got highly nauseous.  I ended up back in hospital.

In October I started mu chemo and that too made me sick for a while.  I just completed my second chemo and it is better because I'm keeping after my anti-nausea meds.  So far so good.  I heard from my minister today for a pleasant talk.

Reply #34 Wednesday, October 19, 2022 10:24 PM

Thanks for the update. I'm glad you're keeping your spirits up. Hope you get some time off for good behavior so that you can take some short trips before winter sets in...maybe take in some of the fall foliage. I say maybe since I'm not sure where you live back there in the states.

Here in Israel, not much by way of fall, certainly no blazing fall color changes. I do really miss that.

Reply #35 Thursday, October 20, 2022 6:31 AM

Thanks for the update! Sending lotsa love and good vibes and cheer! ♥

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