The Pit And The Peak Of Your Day

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  1. John Brunner

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    I've been there.

    Not Negative = Positive
     
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    Pit: The wildfire smoke came right over us yesterday around noon. Winds still at 35 to 40mph. We couldn't go outside at all, until a little after 4PM, when smoke was finally gone. A small water-dropping aircraft crashed somewhere in the area and pilot was killed. Some people are wondering why that aircraft was sent up in such high winds. This was the first time in Colorado history that a water-dropping aircraft was up at night over a wildfire. As of my writing here, no word on why the aircraft crashed.
    This morning, temp was 24 degrees at 7:30AM. Not quite as cold as predicted, but still 24 degrees. Less than a 1/2 inch of snow fell overnight when the cold-front hit. Roofs of vehicles and building are white.

    Peak: Ate a couple of great "street tacos" last night. Looks like no more margaritas for us. The sugar in the mix makes my shoulders hurt to much.
     
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    Pit- I've had a heavy cold for 2 days now, I hope it's a cold and not covid. Sore throat makes it hard to swallow, so I've been sticking to soups, & hot cereals.
    My wife is complaining of a scratchy throat this morning, I hope she doesn't catch the cold, she starts her chemo next Tuesday. We were suppose to get our covid booster this Friday, looks like we'll have to cancel.

    Peak- my daughter set up our WII fit yesterday, when we are feeling better we can do some light exercises.
     
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    Sorry you're feeling poorly, Tony, and I hope you're better soon. Did your wife get a power port installed for her chemo? Do you know which chemo drugs she's getting? I'll be thinking of her next Tuesday and hoping she does OK with it.
     
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    Oncologist felt her veins were good & may not need a port, so they will try without a port at first.
    Apparently this is one of the less aggressive cancers, and easiest to treat. I don't know name of the chemo, it's in her paperwork, I'll get it later she's not here right now. What I know about the chemo is that it's not the strongest one in there arsenal. If it shows that it's not doing the job they will step it up to a more aggressive one.
    Got the names Paclitaxel, Trastuzumab, Pertuzumab.
    she has an appointment this Friday to run some test, echocardiogram and MRI.
     
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    Paclitaxel is sold under the brand name "Taxol," which is one of the drugs I took (for 12 weeks). For me it was the easiest to handle; it didn't make me nauseated. The most annoying side effects were hair loss, loss of taste, and fatigue. It may be recommended that she use icing gloves and socks while having the treatment to prevent neuropathy and loss of her fingernails/toenails. I iced my hands and feet and didn't have any neuropathy nor any discoloration/lifting of my nails from the nailbeds.

    Trastuzumab is also known as Herceptin and is given to patients that are HER-2 positive, sometimes in conjunction with Pertuzumab. (I am HER-2 negative so I didn't take either of those.) Here's an explanation of HER-2... https://www.mayoclinic.org/breast-cancer/expert-answers/faq-20058066

    I hope you're feeling better, Tony.
     
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    Beth,
    Thank you,
    Good information.
    We're thinking about having Covid test just to make sure, we'll see how we feel tomorrow.
    Tony
     
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    I'm surprised that the medical facility hasn't tested your wife for Covid, Tony. I had to be tested before each "procedure" during treatment.

    Your wife's immune system will be compromised by the chemo and it will be very important that she is not exposed to anything or anyone that might make her sick. Some oncologists don't want their patients eating raw vegetables (even salad) during chemo, so hopefully they will give her some detailed instructions.

    When I had Taxol, I learned that my bodily fluids could be a health hazard to my family and pets, so I used a different bathroom and kept my toothbrush, etc. segregated from my hubby. I was also instructed to close the toilet lid and flush twice for the first 3 days after a chemo infusion. If your wife develops mouth sores, a rinse of warm water and baking soda will help.
     
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    Beth,
    Baking Soda is on the list of things to get, also cotton gloves & socks. My daughter is going to to pick up her needs, I'm not sure of all that's on the list.
    She has an inch high of papers with instruction and do and don'ts. She and my daughter were reviewing them. We have to work on the logistics.
    Thanks for your input it's very helpful.
    Thanks
    Tony
     
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    I hope I'm not bombarding you with too much unsolicited information, Tony!! :D I'm sure your wife will do just fine; I'm glad she has you and your daughter to help her through this.
     
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    Beth,
    Any info you think of, pass it along it's appreciated. I hope it's okay if I have questions I can pass them along.
    Tony
     
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    You are welcome to ask questions any time, Tony. If you'd rather not discuss on the forum just send a PM. I'm no expert but I will try to help if I can.
     
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    Pit- this morning when I got out of bed I realized the saw throat had lessened, however I was feeling achy.
    I decided to go to urgent care to be checked out and get a covid test. I sat in the car in the parking lot the two hours before being called in to see the doctor. They gave me quick test and the PCR test. They also recommended I take the flu test which I did. The whole process took two and a half hours, it's something I had to do but it is annoying to wait that long.
    Peak- I got the results of the Quick Test it's negative. Looks like I just have a heavy cold. I should get the results of the PCR test in a few days I hope that agrees with the Quick Test.
     
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    Ugh, nothing like sitting and waiting for-freakin'-ever when you're sick. :( Glad the test was negative and I hope you feel much better soon.
     
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    We just found a foundation here that is handing out the at-home Covid test kits for free. I think these are the ones that are less accurate, but it is a simple test that can be done at home if you wonder, and the results are almost immediately available. It might be helpful to see if there are such facilities in your area, particularly if you live in a household with at-risk individuals.
     
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