Friday, October 31, 2008

An Unwanted Journey: Day 1072 - Bit of a Break

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.


Omaniblog said...

Greetings Don, from Cork Ireland. I stumbled across your blog while going through my blog alerts for "depression". So far I've only read one of your posts, and thought. My first reaction is to marvel at your 1071 series. Must be at least three years worth. I've seen about three of your illustrations and they have really captured me. They have hooked my interest.
I'm going to make a link between your blog and mine and publicise your blog over here. My blog has a very small readership, so you're unlikely to be bothered by traffic generated.
What I most want to say is that I'm glad to have found you and look forward to tuning in regularly.
With best wishes...

Don Spencer said...

Thanks for dropping by.

Coincidentally, my wife and I watched two different travel documentaries about Ireland today (3-Nov-2008) and my son talked about the possibility of studying at Trinity College in Dublin for a term.

Thanks again,