We learned something today… chemo impacts the heart. And I learned that Lyle does feel anxious on the mornings of chemo.
Today was the long day – blood test, wait an hour, see oncologist, then chemo. It is also make up day for missing chemo yesterday which was a holiday, so all the Monday people go to the Tuesday, plus all the Tuesday people are there too. Surprisingly, we were finished earlier than on our regular day, but we started at 8:15 a little early. So maybe that’s why we seemed to be finished earlier than usual.
So anyway, prior to seeing the oncologist, we saw her intern and went through the medical stuff. My dear husband “forgot” to mention to me that yesterday he suffered a sharp but brief pain in his chest yesterday. I only learned that today when the Intern asked about how he was feeling That still has me somewhat ticked off. Eventually, when we met with the Oncologist, she said if it’s sustained pain to go immediately to emergency. Both the intern and the oncologist explained that chemo impacts all sorts of organs including the heart. I also learned that Lyle had helped a friend at the ranch load up a trailer (the kind that you fill with stuff, not the kind you sleep in) with all kinds of really heavy stuff. Oh the things I’m learning the day after!!
On top of the lifting of heavy stuff Lyle put in a very long week – 3 days @ 12 hours each and 1 day @ 3 hours. A new client, it’s a great opportunity but a killer for the first jobs. Installing security cameras at Subways. It’s a job that he loves to do and he hired a friend to be his assistant and they had fun, but both of them are not in the best of health and it really knocked them out. The client says that it won’t take as long over time. I hope so. It’s good money though, and we really need that but it’s not good that he had to work so hard right now.
So, currently, he’s fairly fatigued and needs to learn to sleep when his body demands that he sleeps. I keep telling him to do that, and he did sleep a little today but I think he feels somewhat guilty. The cold is bothering his hands and throat – I microwave his salad and he drinks warm water (body temperature).
At 5pm today, the Oncologist left him a message – she’s never done that before – asking him if he wanted to do the intravenous fluids. Lyle had inquired about that a few weeks ago but the doctor didn’t feel it was necessary at that time. It’s a strange message and Lyle will call the nurse tomorrow which is what the doctor said he should do if he wants this treatment. What it does is just gives him extra fluids to help combat colds if he gets run-down.
The good news…
4 down, 8 to go!
August 14, 2012
So how do I convince Lyle that… chopping wood and power-washing the trailer is bound to cause fatigue, especially for a guy on chemo…? He knows it, but he ignores it. He goes until he collapses… I think he’s near that now. Good! How else will he get rest… I wonder, is this a guy thing… We’ve been asked by a number of people “is he allowed to do this?” Well, the truth is no one has said he can’t do these things but he’s been told that his body will tell him when it’s time to quit. Generally speaking, he works himself as hard as he can then he crashes.
Tomorrow, Lyle begins a 3-day hydration program. I think it’s a good idea. He’s done quite well with the water intake but he’s prone to colds, his voice is often dry and scratchy (great for singing low bass in barbershop quartets but maybe not great for his throat).