The second round of chemotherapy and end of Week #4 was relatively uneventful – especially when compared with the first cycle when I came down with the flu. The biggest changes are increased taste alteration and fatigue.

Michael Becker Receiving IV Hydration

Michael Becker Receiving IV Hydration

My heart rate and blood pressure were elevated this week, so my physician ordered an extra 2-hour intravenous hydration session. Frankly, I was happy to do so – as I planned on coming home to Pennsylvania for the extended weekend.

I took the train home on Friday afternoon, but spent most of the day on Saturday sleeping which isn’t like me at all. I’m not normally one to take naps, but the fatigue from radiation and chemotherapy makes it hard to even keep my eyes open at times. I feel like I’m sleeping the entire weekend away!

Lorie’s sister Maureen is in town for a few weeks and has been a tremendous help around the house. She’s also a great cook and has been making some fabulous meals, although I just haven’t been up to eating them and have very little appetite. However, Lorie and the kids are enjoying them.

Sunday (today) is Lorie’s birthday in addition to being Valentine’s Day, which is another reason why I really wanted to make it home this weekend. I definitely owe her a proper celebration after we are past the cancer treatment, but in the meantime it will be nice to have a small celebration at home.

Monday starts Week #5 and it looks like March 4th will be my last radiation session. From what the doctors tell me, this is where things start to get rough with the treatment. Accordingly, I’m a bit nervous about what the coming days/weeks will bring…

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  1. Happy Valentines Day. Wishing you strength and courage to face and fight each day.

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  2. Thank you for the update Michael. You’re on the homestretch. Thinking good, hopeful thoughts!

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  3. Keep your spirits up. Continue to stay positive. As you know I was there. And now I am here and beyond that stuff feeling great. You will get there.

    On the bright side, I am a new first time grandfather as of last week. We spent the week in Pittsburgh with my kids and new grandson. What a great feeling! You will get there too!

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  4. So glad it’s almost over! Thank you for updating us!

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