Dealing With Cancer VIII

02/02/2016~ No Chemo Therapy today.

Jim’s right hand and arm quit leaking over night, but his left arm and hand were still leaking in two spots where the lab techs had poked him to try to get blood. Jim was sure they would not be able to treat him today and he was right. They could not put a port in him to administer the chemo drugs because of his edema. He was happy because for some reason he just did not feel ready, and I was secretly happy because when they took him back for treatment, I found out I could be waiting for as long as six hours.


I don’t mind waiting, it’s just that I wasn’t prepared for it this morning. When I started writing, my days and nights turned around. I write my best stuff at night and usually go to bed in the wee hours of the morning; between four and six o’clock. It worked out great before Jim got sick and had to retire. He would go to work and get home at 3:30 pm, and I was usually up just before he got home. We would spend the afternoon and evening together, then he would go to bed and I had the downstairs all to myself and could write to my hearts content (my computer is set up in a corner of the dining room/living room). Now he sleeps downstairs in the the recliner and I walk on eggshells, and this morning I did not get to bed until 4:30 am and got up at 7:30 am to take him to his chemo appointment. Six hours would be hard, but, I could do it.

Writing is my release…

Now Jim has an appointment with his nephrologist tomorrow (which is really today), but he wants to take himself. What is a nephrologist?

Nephrologists are medical specialists who focus on disorders that affect the way the kidneys work such as diabetes and chronic kidney disease. Nephrologists prescribe nonsurgical medical treatments for these disorders.

Jim also has a Urologist. What is a Urologist?

Urologists are surgical specialists who focus on anatomical or structural disorders of the kidneys and urinary tract. They treat problems such as kidney stones, kidney blockages, and kidney cancer. Urologists are qualified to perform surgery and outpatient medical procedures to correct such conditions.

It looks like they are going to prescribe a diuretic to help with his edema (DUH). On Thursday he has an outpatient surgical procedure to install a temporary port for his chemo therapy, then on Friday he has a chemo therapy session. Jim is disappointed… I am elated because I fear all of the other medical problems have postponed his life-saving chemo therapy. His Oncologist seems to be on the same page. We need to get going with this before it is too late… The saddest truth…

I want to share a video that had a great impact on me…