The last few days Lee and I enjoyed a visit from my old friend Bob Mandelson. Bob and I go back 40 years from our days in Portland. Warm sunny days provided perfect weather for exploring southern Arizona. Not only did Bob enjoy the benefit of great weather, but also from my edict of only the serving my finest wines as I approach an unknown period of sobriety! Bob is a three time cancer survivor and we had both jovial and serious conversation as the five star wines flowed.
Today I began my new “line two” chemo regimen. Two new drugs were introduced and one was eliminated. I had allocated about three hours for my session in the chemo suite. However the session lasted five hours as they slowed down the infusion rate of the new drugs to watch for any negative reactions. Very prudent of the nurses as these drugs are more toxic. I did fine, no problems, but I hope my tumors don’t do so well! One of the drugs, Irinotecan, often causes both nausea and diarrhea (a double dip!), sometimes severe diarrhea. The nickname for Irinotecan is “I-run-to-the-can”. They gave me some premeds in my infusion to inhibit these effects initially and I have pills to follow up for the next few days. So far I have had minimal side effects, let’s hope it continues. We shall see.
Regardless of how I may feel, tomorrow is the first anniversary of my survival, it is a time for a party!!! The painting of the toe and the and the blessing of the all powerful DUCK! We wil have a small gathering of friends to celebrate the painting of my toe nail green, hopefully there will be nine more toes and ten more fingers to paint, along with many DUCK championships to celebrate! This is my plan.