Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Two-Thirds Done

Eric is 2/3's of the way done with Chemo! Only 4 treatments remain. He seems to be tolerating this round pretty well so far. They reduced the dosage by 20%, they took away the Benadryl that made him loopy/comatose last time plus they gave him a lot of extra IV hydration. He's been eating and drinking since he got home, also something that didn't really happen last time. I'm hoping these are all good signs to a smooth week ahead.

The photo above is the pump he has to lug around for 46 hours after each infusion. It comes with an IV bag filled with 5-FU, also known as Fluorouracil. There isn't a lot of it, but it's a powerful drug and has to be administered at a very slow rate. Thus the pump in a fanny pack thing. 

This was Eric's dessert tonight. He got this for Christmas and it's been unopened since. Since many readers of the blog are from Fulton, you can appreciate this. Eric told me they used to get 10 lb chocolate bars every year -this is only a 1 lb bar - so imagine, a 10 lb chocolate bar. That's a lot of chocolate!


D said...

That sure brings back great memories. We looked forward to those every year. Glad things are better for Eric. I'm finally rallying and hope to get the drain out Friday if my cat scan is good. Been thinking of you guys.

Amanda said...

Been thinking of you too, Diane. Hopefully all will be well on Friday for you!

Heather said...

This picture of Ike reminds me so much of Uncle Norm....loved the memories of the 10lbs of chocolate too!!