CHEMO ROUND 2 OF 8

Some of you may remember the rather nasty bout of pneumonia I went down with way back in October 2015 which then became COPD Stage 3.  The upshot of all that was to PUSH some air round the lungs and get out there on the bicycle and get the COPD back down to Stage1. Not easy, but for 2016, I did manage 2031.22 miles before winter shut me down.

I had embarked on the old Nutrisystem Diet and came down from 219.8 to a demi respectable 195.6 …… The diet then moved into the GT diet and held even ground until winter 2016-17.

Out again in 2017 with the new road bike in the form of the 16.00 pound Roubaix, another 3602.09 was pedaled up here at 7000′

Ambition changes and a new target is to cycle around the earth, some 24,902 miles in my lifetime. The year goes well and I manage another 4644.30 giving me a 3 year total of 10,277.61

As the clock turns into 2019 I can’t help but notice that the “gut” has reappeared again despite all this manic cycling. Back for another dose of the Nutrisystem again

Let’s try again!

Again!

Day 1 of the dreaded chemo begins not knowing that I had the “chicken egg” up my bum! First session seemed OK with no nausea or other side effects other than extreme tiredness. That tends to last until the 3 day pump and supply runs out and it gets pulled on Friday and then there are 2 days where all the body wants to do is sleep.

2nd session on 7/24 and by the Thursday I’m feeling nauseous and finding it difficult to breathe and sleep. By Friday I’m vomiting despite the pills and this of course has that “knock on” effect as I’m becoming dehydrated. I can only assume they upped the dose just to see how much I can take.

Well you can always get a drink in a chemo ward!!

However, it has to be said that if you really want to lose weight then you should give this chemo diet a go as after this last double whammy my weight is the LIGHTESS ITS BEEN SINCE AGE 13!!!!!

Sunday  7/28 ……….  ONE HUNDRED SIXTY NINE POUNDS!!!!

Tuesday and down to a ridiculous weight   …… not where I want to be!!! back to Cortez Hospital who draw some more blood through that shoulder device to see if I’m up to more chemo poison tomorrow. …… as they say it takes you to the very edge before bringing you back.

Over to Durango for Session 2 which after nearly 3 hours on the drips I’m quite tired but even when we get home I can’t sleep or rest. Even with two of their anxiety tablets nothing happens but I seem to be short of air and sleep is out of the question as I’m scared I won’t wake up!  Manage about 2 hours so maybe that’s another side effect but at least no nausea.

Two days on the carry bag and then I’m 1/4 way through unless there is more suffering I don’t know about. Thursday and I get the impression they have increased the dosage as I’m desperately tired and a bit dizzy. By lunchtime the vomiting starts leading to our old friend dehydration …….. most unpleasant! The rest of Friday is on the couch.

TONY DOWN

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