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I had a lovely porch-sitting weekend with my friend. There’s not a whole lot new to report this week. I had chemo number two yesterday with no adverse events. Overall I seem to be getting weaker and weaker and it really just frustrates me to no end. I have real difficulty explaining it - I can’t stand for more than a few moments, I can’t sit without back support for more than a few moments and I’m more comfortable semi-reclining than anything else. Even the quilt or posting feel like they take more energy than I have to spare.

I’m still working, and that’s a struggle. I’m not sure I actually could work two consecutive clinical shifts, but I don’t have to so it doesn’t matter. I continue with constant low to moderate grade nausea. Additionally, since starting the Navelbine, I have abdominal bloating and just general unease. We are going to try Reglan on the theory that my entire digestive tract just isn’t moving like it’s supposed to.

I thought I was going to have the radiosurgery this week, but it turns out it won’t be until next. I’ve started taking Oxycontin at night along with my Ibuprofen during the day, but the neck pain is getting progressively worse, and I’d like to get on with the treatment before I have to consider Oxycontin during the day. My low back is also starting to give me fits, and I suppose I’ll have to discuss that with the radiation oncologist when I see him next week.

My birthday is Saturday. My mom gets in tomorrow. My daughter is coming up and we have my favorite flank steak and grilled pepper sandwiches and Boston cream pie planned.

Right now my coworkers are serving up early birthday cake for breakfast!

Link to blog: http://www.nationallungcancerpartnership.org/blog/

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Thank you so much for writing about your journey. May your birthday be fabulous (the menu sounds awesome!) and may this year bring nothing but recovery, wellness and hope. Enjoy that Boston cream pie!!!

June 19, 2009 - 9:21am
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