Given the number and severity of side effects I've experienced, we've decided to postpone my second chemotherapy treatment until next Friday. As well, we will reduce the dosage by 20 percent, thereby reducing the side effects as well. An appointment with a urologist is being scheduled to determine if and when I can remove the catheter safely and with renewed bladder function. I've stopped the oxycodone pain killers completely and starting to recalibrate my daily schedule.
The immediate result was a night with deep, deep sleep, followed by a day of lethargy in which the best I could do was watch some of the HBO series John Adams, do an assessment and dressing change with my new CCAC nurses from Paramed, and otherwise try to relax. The sleep was so deep that I was totally unaccustomed to it. I awoke at one point with disorientation, not even knowing momentarily who I was, where I was, and what was going on. That frightened my son, who happened to be in the room when I awoke. But it was only the one night, and my sleeping seems more normal now.
I am looking forward to actually doing something today and being around when the kiddies drop by for Hallowe'en. There will be the Raptors' home opener in HD to watch this evening too. So, it looks like this break may be the start of a trend towards better times...I sure hope so.