Friday, November 6, 2009

Day 2 After Chemo

Today is the 2nd day after chemo. The first day was uneventful and the second day has been tough. I've been feeling nausea and feel like I'm in a fog. I've also been fighting high sugar levels all day. With all that being said, it's just part of it and a struggle to be healed.

We went to MDA for the 4th time this week and attended another training session to learn how to clean my PIC line. Once we got home from MDA we also had to remove the chemo pump for the last drug of this series. Our good friend thankfully came to help us figure out how to remove the pump and keep my PIC line sterile.

The chemo drugs cause several interesting side effects. One of the most bizarre is not being able to touch cold items with my hands. For example, I have to wear gloves to reach into the refrigerator. I also can't have cold drinks or food and must cover my face and hands in cold weather. All of these effects last for 5 days after the chemo. They say if you drink something cold it will feel like glass going down your throat and if you touch something cold it will feel like an electric shock. The nurses says not everyone responds this way, but I was not going to be the idiot to try it.

Thank you for all of the comments and emails. It brightens up my day.

The battle continues...

"Instead of complaining about our struggles, we should see them as opportunities for growth. Thank God for promising to be with you in rough times. Ask him to help you solve your problems or to give you the strength to endure them. Then be patient. God will not leave you alone with your problems; he will stay close and help you grow." James 1:2-4


  1. Mark, I'm thinking about you and praying for you and your family. Barry

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6

  2. MARK,
    We are here for you and praying for you! All things are for the glory of God!! This cancer is in his hands and he will do what HE PLEASES with it! Keep strong and keep praying! Love you man!!
    I know you are bowed up, but if you need anyone to talk to or just hang out with.... you have my number.

  3. We continue to pray for you Mark and Kay! You are a true testimony through your faith.

    "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." Matthew 21:22

    Love to you - Traci and Richard