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Re: Smoking

Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:32 am
by Standard Railfan
TSB wrote:I have decided early to go ahead with chemotherapy.

Four courses of Gemzar and Cisplatin three weeks apart.

Going to be a strange time until October.




I hope it doesn't have a bad effect on Big Jim. :mrgreen:


Best wishes for you. I went down a similar path nearly 20 years ago and survived. Stay positive and you can make it.

Re: Smoking

Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:52 am
by TSB
Had a "Bard Power Port" (Google it) installed for the chemo.

IV into veins would destroy them.

Re: Smoking

Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:56 pm
by TSB
Started chemo yesterday. This sucks.

They say it takes 10 days to reach the nadir, day one bodes ill for that.

Time for a nap.

Re: Smoking

Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:37 pm
by AARR
Stay strong Mr TSB! You're still needed around here.

Re: Smoking

Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 4:42 pm
by TSB
Six days in and feeling a lot better. Tomorrow, the second dose of Gemzar but no Cisplatin. Should be not so bad.

Further on the Bard Power Port. It is implanted into my chest just below and beside my neck. It is connected
to a tube that loops next to and enters my jugular vein and extends toward my heart. The chemo crap is fed
through the tube and into the heavy flow in the jugular just before the heart. That way it is defused into the
blood system and is diluted before it can destroy the blood vessels.

The next double whammy is on July 9. Four cycles of this.

To clarify my oncology, The pathology meeting was silent on an entry later in the report that read
"pleura invasion..... present." Cancer had broken out of my lung into the pleural lining of the chest.
Pisser.

Re: Smoking

Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:09 pm
by AARR
You and Mrs. TSB will be dancing again very soon :wink:

Re: Smoking

Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:25 pm
by penn central
Stay strong Mr TSB. Thank you for the updates.

Re: Smoking

Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:00 am
by TSB
Has anyone decided to QUIT SMOKING?

Re: Smoking

Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:53 am
by DaveO
TSB wrote:Has anyone decided to QUIT SMOKING?


I tried it back in the third grade. I figured something was not right because every puff was met with several coughs.
That was a decision I am glad to have made back then.

I know the road ahead isn't easy. Keep the fight going. For you, your family, and your friends, far and near.

Re: Smoking

Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:14 am
by TSB
14 days into 3 month process. Blood test results today.

White Blood Cell count (normal 4.2 -10) has moved from 7.4 to 2.3

Hgb (normal 14 - 18) has gone from 14.8 to 13.3

Platelets (140 - 440) gone from 157 to 46 DANGER ALERT

ANC (1.5 - 6.5) from 4.32 to 0.7 DANGER ALERT


This crap destroys from within. I guess that is the point.

Re: Smoking

Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:16 pm
by TSB
Just back from start of second round of chemo.

Blood tests following a week without chemo infusions ALL returned to normal range. Amen.

Over the next two weeks they will fall again, but now I know they will recover.

My big worry now is to avoid getting a bug or being cut while blood is below standard. Two weeks plus exposure each cycle.

I feel a lot better about this now. But, I must be careful.

Thank you for the prayers and well wishes.

8) 8) :lol: :lol:

Re: Smoking

Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:42 pm
by AARR
Thank you for the updates, Mr. TSB. I'm happy that you have something to be optimistic about.

Re: Smoking

Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:28 pm
by hoborich
Blood tests back to normal after one week? This bodes well for the future. :D