Hotel Monteleone

Sis is having a pretty hard time dealing with the side effects of last week’s chemotherapy and Neulasta shot. The pain is not well controlled at this point. The nausea and digestive cramping are making Sis sick. The fatigue overwhelms her. To say she is sick doesn’t really express the full truth of her illness….

Day 26 – Don’t Leave Me Here

Writing makes me stronger. I need that tonight. There are dozens of images, emotional memories, and fears flashing through my brain. The ptsd I battle is always at its worst right before a chemotherapy session. I suppose it’s because I see him in the chemo chair at Hancock Regional Hospital. I see and remember everything…

Day 22 – Preparing for Battle

Chemo number 2 in 4 days. I am preparing mentally, emotionally, and physically for battle. The enemy is clear in this war, but each battle is full of landmines, hand grenades, and unexpected friendly fire. So I prepare for battle! I make very certain that my support system is at the ready. I spend time…

Day 6 – Out and About

48 hours post chemo and Sis was strong enough, and determined enough, to get out of the apartment. This is no small feat considering there is a flight of stairs to go down… and to come back up. After Sis had a long soak in the tub, we slowly made our way out the door…

Day 5 – Yesterday’s Funny

Sitting in the chemo suite yesterday, we watched as a man in his mid 60s was seated next to us. We said hello and struck up a conversation. He was friendly, optimistic, and very talkative. VERY talkative! We learned he is a local politician, and he had much to say about this year’s primary.  He…

Day 4 – Chemo 1

Chemo 1 is successfully behind us. There was a medicine reaction. The nurse stopped it with benadryl and steroids. Sis is safe at home. We are all exhausted. Time to sleep!