Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Largely Improved Me But The Hair Is Going!

I finally started to turn a corner in the last few days.  Starting Sunday I began to feel incrementally better and today felt (comparatively) marvelous!  Got out and ran errands, helped Derrell hang a door, got burgers for us from WiFiBurger.  Delish!  Additionally, a friend and coworker invited me to go to a taping of Austin City Limits at the ACL Moody theater located in the W Hotel downtown.  The only sour note is that after I showered to go out to the ACL taping, I was drying my hair with a towel and felt something all over my shoulders.  It quickly dawned on me that the loss of my hair due to chemotherapy was in process.

So, I'll be breaking out the clippers tomorrow and the Scott Needs Hats party happens Saturday.  Pics and post to follow the party.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Five days after Taxotere #1


I wish this could be a positive post, but I gotta be real here folks.  The chemo drug, Taxotere, has won today.  Despite six or seven hours of sleep, my fatigue level is 9 out of 10.  The runs have commenced with vengeance. .  While no vomititus, food doesn’t look or sound good although I’ve managed to eat a meal and a cookie. Random, shooting pains hit various parts of my body on top of the general aches and pains that commenced after hormone therapy started some three months ago and the current pain med, Nucynta, is not touching them. I’m so clouded mentally….just slow.


Don’t know what else to say.

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Day After


I woke this AM about 8 to a good friend and coworker dropping off Torchy’s Tacos, one of Austin’s finest.  Not being hungry at that moment, I went directly back to sleep and didn’t move again until about 4  Jay, once again, showed up with grilled salmon, new potatoes and tortilla soup and a couple of wonderful additions: Burts Beeswax hand cream and some ultra chic lip balm all in a beautiful basket..  Derrell got home about 6:30pm and we’ve been chilling on the couch ever since.

I’m thankful that today all I feel is tired. No, exhausted.  Little nausea, no diarrhea.  But tired like I’ve never been tired before.   Sleep soon, will come easily.

So Taxotere scores one for fatigue and I score one in that I’m not dealing with any of the rest of the side effects.

But it is still early.