Around and Around We Go

We are now 6 days into this fourth round of chemo, and as usual, it has been a bit of a roller coaster ride. I haven’t posted since before this round started, mainly just because of the ups and downs. This round started out with much more intense nausea than last time and I had a difficult time keeping anything down for the first few days. I don’t know if I just have an unintelligent sense of optimism or what, but every day I feel like I am turning a corner and going to spring back faster than the last round, only to have my body remind me that it isn’t quite that easy! You can’t just decide you are going to overcome it, and the nausea pills don’t always help like you wish they would!

One of my old high school friends, Dave Thomas, was in town on Friday, visiting NYC with his girlfriend. He met us at the NYU Cancer Center and spent the day hanging out with us there and seeing our typical routine. Fortunately, I was feeling pretty good on Friday, so that worked out well. It was nice catching up, and always fun to have friends around!

Over the weekend, I have started to feel a similar sore throat to the one that came on during the last round of chemo. Last time it ended up leading to a fever which put me in the hospital for 5 days. Let’s hope that it doesn’t head down that path again! I started taking some left over medicine they gave me last time as soon as it started, so hopefully we can avoid another boring hospital trip.

As to the actual source of all this ridiculousness, my leg is looking MUCH better than it has in years. My calf has shrunk significantly and when you push on it, it actually moves around a good bit. We aren’t sure if this is a result of the swelling going down, additional chemo, or what, but I think Dr. Rosen will be very happy when he sees our progress this coming week. Regardless of what is causing it or what it means, having my calf shrink more can’t be a bad thing, so we are all pretty excited to see these tangible results!

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9 Responses to Around and Around We Go

  1. ken reeves says:

    God bless you !

  2. peggy redfern says:

    Good to read a post, I’ve been looking for one.

    Glad to hear the calf shows improvement. That was smart to start taking the meds
    for your sore throat.

    I think your optimism is not only intelligent, it’s contagious!

  3. Brucerugby79 says:

    Rob,
    great to hear from you again-what a battle-please accept my apologies for jumping the gun before.It sounded like a decsion had been made and I just want you safe.Joan and I were trying to figure out last round of chemo(we know how nasty it is) and low and behold it shrunk the tumor.Sorry you feel like poo and hope the sore throat does not get worse-I will alert prayer warriors at my church that crunch time is approaching.Willows Bistro here in Winston has an 18oz ribeye that is off the chain-got one waiting on you.Thanks for the update
    in my prayers
    Bruce

  4. Zona Trahan says:

    Left over meds for your sore throat??? Aren’t we suppose to finish all meds? Isn’t that the rule of the pharmacies, the doctors and the Moms?

    Very happy your calf is squishy and moving around. My calf is squishier than I would like but I guess I’ll be glad about that from now on!

    On a more serious note, I can only imagine how crummy you feel and I’m sorry for that. I hope that we, your prayer warriors, can be the positive influence you need for a while rather than you having to feel the need to be positive to us. We are all here just for you. Praying for less nausea, more squishy movement, and a reason for Dr. Rosen to be extremely happy on your next visit!

    • Sylvia Gilley says:

      Rob, I’m so sorry you have had to endure so much suffering as part of your journey. You are a very special young man, and your blog has inspired me. May you continue to feel God’s presence and power and peace. Love and grace, Sylvia Gilley (Caroline’s Grandmother)

  5. Bob and Paula Parris says:

    Sorry you’re not feeling well, but thrilled to hear that your leg is improved. We’ll keep praying while you keep fighting!

  6. Peggy Guthrie says:

    Hi, Rob. I am glad to hear the sound of good reports. Keep up the optimism. We were born to be optimistic. I am convinced it aids healing. One of my favorite verses I love to take out of context:). The angels told the shepherds as they heralded Jesus’ birth: Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy! Let those words simmer and you’ll be even more optimistic. I join with you in faith.

  7. Debbie Carozza says:

    Hang tough Rob! Vince and I are thinking about you and praying for you.

    • BJ Hawkins says:

      Rob – just wanted you to know that the Hawkins family is continually lifting you up in prayer to our awesome God for complete healing. Remember “All things are possible with God.” Hang in there Buddy!

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