Thursday, March 3, 2011

Round 5

Just wanted to give a quick update, yesterday and today have been kind of crazy for me so this has been my first chance to give you guys an update.

Tim actually has been feeling kind of decent this round. Its not the best but certainly not the worst. He actually wanted a Chick-fil-A sandwich as we left the cancer center yesterday which never happens. He slept for a good bit yesterday and just wanted a smoothie for dinner, ok technically he may have been forced but he ate (drank?) it regardless.

Today he slept the majority of the day but has had a grand total of 2 smoothies and absolutely nothing solid to eat so he may be feeling a little worse than usual over the weekend. Luckily he isn't feeling it right now though.

Tomorrow is a big day as he is getting unhooked and our little beagle is having surgery to get her teeth cleaned since even with both of us pinning her down brushing is not permitted. It should be pretty easy but I'll be the only one not drugged up and sleeping the day away. I can't say that I'm not a little jealous (of the sleeping, not the drugs). She and Tim are BFFs so I'm sure she will "somehow" end up in our bed to recover with him tomorrow.

I also wanted to pass along this information. I know its a little last minute but as I'm sure most of you do not know, and neither did we, March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of that and in order to help promote Colon Cancer Awareness tomorrow, Friday March 4th is "Dress in Blue Day" so if at all possible please wear something blue to spread that awareness. 

Here is some information about colon cancer I received from Tim's oncology nurse, Lynn, today. Make sure you pay close attention to the last one.

Information on Colon Cancer from the American Cancer Society:
- Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer—cancer of the colon or rectum—is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Colorectal cancer also is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States.

- The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with advancing age. More than 90% of cases occur in people aged 50 or older.

- Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. However, many people who are at risk for the disease are not being screened according to national guidelines.

- It is estimated that as many as 60% of colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented if all men and women aged 50 years or older were screened routinely.
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