Updates (Jan 29-Feb4)
Sunday (1/29) – Laying low with the family today, Day 11 of this round of chemo. His counts were down some as of Thursday, which was/is to be expected with this chemotherapy agent. They weren’t dangerously low as of Thursday (although they’re lower than they ever got with his 6 rounds of Vincristine, which doesn’t hit counts as hard), but with the bottom of the dip typically coming between 1-2 weeks, which is right where we’re at, we’re limiting the entire family’s exposure to all of the nasty viruses circulating out there. With this being the 1st time Ian has had this type of chemo, and not being sure how his body will handle it all, we’re playing the “better safe than sorry” game.
The nausea has ebbed and flowed, though all in all it hasn’t been too terribly bad for him. It was so bad the first few weeks after the brain surgery, that the vomiting a few times here and there really doesn’t seem like a big deal. It’s all about perspective, eh? The Zofran has been doing its job, with the only catch being that one of the side effects is headaches, which he has been struggling with some.
Ian has been playing with my husband’s acoustic bass guitar much of the day, which is pretty exciting for me to see, as I miss his violin playing more than I can express. The bass guitar is easier to play than a regular guitar because you’re really only playing one note at a time, as opposed to having to finger a whole chord. It’s bigger and easier to hold than a violin, and he doesn’t have to work two hands at a time quite as much as there is no bow to hold just so… With his deep voice, he has sang bass for the last few years, so he ‘gets’ playing the bass line in music, so that helps. I’m thinking it’s a great addition to his at-home therapy
Monday (1/30) – PT & OT before lunch
Tuesday (1/31) – Speech Therapy
Wednesday (2/1) – PT, OT, & Speech
Thursday (2/2) - Oncology Clinic (down in Minneapolis) visit for blood draws…
Praying his counts aren’t any lower than they were last week! On the mend would be awesome…
Friday (2/3) – PT, OT, & Speech