Colon Cancer Sucks Ass

Monday, September 17, 2007

Summer, ER Visits And Hair Loss

My summer vacation is coming to an end - although no vacation should include so many medical appointments and nausea. Between the traveling and the chemo I have really neglected my updates, but my schedule will be more structured starting next week. I do much better with structure.

Chemotherapy has been really trying. I had a session last Tuesday and wound up in the ER on Friday. I had a really severe headache and couldn't keep any food or fluids down. They did a CT scan of my head and there was no evidence of bleeding or metastases. They gave me some morphine and some IV fluids and I felt better. Today is the first day that I have felt normal - no lingering headache pain, very little nausea.

Next week I'm going to speak with my oncologist about changing my treatments to every three weeks and going back on decadron (steroid) on treatment days. There are a lot of reasons, but it is also one of the only solutions that I can see to being in school and being in treatment. We're still waiting for scan approval. If I have a clean scan, I'll have two more treatments. If there has been disease progression, we'll have to switch chemo regimes. If there has been no change, then we have to discuss options.

I have a lot of my hair on this treatment. I have it cut very short and wear hats and wigs when I go out in public. It hasn't been as difficult as I had anticipated, but I still wish that I had my hair.

Okay, I'm a dork and Oprah is starting (Dr. Oz is on today) so I have to go!

7 Comments:

  • At 7:12 PM, Blogger Becky said…

    Christine,

    I am so glad that you have given us an update. I know I can't speak for others but I get concerned when I don't hear from you. Maybe you could just drop a line and tell us you are ok.

    I hope the scan is clean and my thoughts and prayers are with you!

     
  • At 10:33 PM, Blogger Kristen said…

    Dude, who can resist Dr. Oz? I'm back in the Emerald City (yes that is my sad little Oz segue...) and will call tomorrow to catch up!

     
  • At 7:11 AM, Blogger One Mother with Cancer said…

    It's good to see a post from you, you have been in my thought this past month. Hopefully everything will be ok with your scans, and you have a chance to finish up school Chemo free. (I watched Oprah yesterday too, I love Dr Oz)

     
  • At 6:14 AM, Anonymous Don said…

    I certainly love all my distractions from cancer, and I appreciate your blog. In the time balance of cancer blog updating or just doing something else, I’ll figure you’ve made the best choice and will just check back later.

    Hold Fast

    Don MacLeod

     
  • At 6:26 PM, Blogger Sandy said…

    Prayers are headed your way for a clean scan!

    Fighting For Mike

     
  • At 7:47 AM, Blogger One Mother with Cancer said…

    Today is my two year anniversary from being diagnosed with cancer; please visit my site to see how I’m doing.

     
  • At 1:56 PM, Blogger Carolyn said…

    I trust your scan is clean and that you continue to thrive not just survive.
    I will be speaking this weekend in Baltimore on nutrition for colon cancer patients and would truly value any input you might have. I believe most people will have had or have ostomies.
    Carolyn
    www.cancernutrition.com
    (310)471-0529

     

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