Today was day one of chemo and radiation. For those of you just catching up with us, Kramer, my husband, was diagnosed with lung cancer back in January. He’s been tested and tested and tested and after a failed surgery to remove his lung mass, it’s been decided that he will need to undergo chemo and radiation.
In his case, they use both treatment together. Every Monday for a 6 weeks, he gets chemo and radiation. Then Tuesday through Friday he gets radiation only. We have a 90 mile drive one way.
We’ve had a few people offer to drive Kramer so I can work and we’ve taken them up on that offer. We are also juggling things within our family so we can make it work. Mondays are going to be my day to drive. With chemo happening on Mondays it will end up being a long day with chemo lasting about 4 hours we thought it best that I cover that day. Kalissa and Kelli volunteered to be here and hold down the fort with the childcare kiddos on Mondays. We have drivers or arrangements for childcare to be covered on a good chunk of the other days.
So here we are…..
I told you that we have been upgraded to Oncology parking….
It’s nice. It’s right next to the building. Easy access is going to be especially nice as treatment goes on and he gets more fatigued.
Today was a day of so many firsts….all we never planned on experiencing…all we wish we weren’t learning more about…but things we are we are navigating.
I am so glad that we are in this together. Even though this is hard, there is no place I would rather be than with him.
I stitched my day away in the waiting room…and then in the infusion room.
This is what I am stitching on now. “Peace” is the perfect one for me to be stitching on now.
Here’s Kramer in the infusion room getting chemo. I had to laugh at him as just a short while after this, he was sleeping.
The night before he didn’t sleep well as he was nervous about it all…but he gets to the infusion room. They tell him to watch for a list of about 10 different things as he may have a reaction to the chemo….AND WHAT DOES KRAMER DO THEN??? He falls asleep. I was screaming in my mind “stay awake for the 15 minutes”!!!!!!!! Oh Kramer. I’m sure it was all the stress of it.
It turns out that the actual receiving of the radiation and the chemo is no big deal. I’m so hoping that he can make it through with limited other side effects.
When we got home we were greeted by this… Kelli and Kalissa along with the childcare kiddos made it. We get to remove one card for everyday. #33 got removed.
Only 32 radiation treatments more to go. We can do this!!