Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Remission Test Result & Over With ATRA Round 6

Another clean bill of health!
 This past round of ATRA presented a new fun side-effect: insomnia. There were multiple nights, sometimes multiple nights in a row, when I didn't sleep more than two hours. Not only was I thus awake for more of the hours with headache, but the next day I'd feel even crummier.

Only two more rouns to go!


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

ATRA Round 6 of 8

Tomorrow I start the next round. Before the last round, my oncologist gave me a free sample of an anti-nausea patch to wear. It helped at least somewhat mitigate the severe nausea. This time, he had no samples, so wrote me a prescription. The drug is not covered by insurance, so would cost me $5,000. So most likely we'll be making a few trips to the cancer center for I.V. relief, and I'll be gritting my teeth through the rest of the time.

Now is one of those times it's hard to maintain the beach attitude. In the last week, there's been a spate of bad news regarding people I deeply care about. During times like this, it is reassuring to know that we don't have to do it on our own, that we can draw strength from our faith in God. And so I pray for those who are grieving or scared right now.