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By Dave Christenson on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 4:12 PM
The completion of the first cycle of chemo prior to the harvesting was a real challenge and now being at home and in a comfortable environment has helped to clear the mind and has allowed for sleep. The reality of so much time in the hospital and so little sleep has caused me to have the return of muscle atrophy. I have great weakness in getting from point A  to point B and the side effects of the drugs with the peripheral neuropathy make for a painful process if the drugs are not at their peak performance. The 12 hour cycling of the pain medication causes the highs and lows in performance as they are introduced and wear off.

Prior to the  first cycle and knowing hair loss was around the corner, a contribution was made to Locks of Love when Elizabeth was home from school and we laughed together as she cut away a few years of grey.  Since I’ve been home from the hospital a constant shedding  of hair continues with a trail wherever I go.



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By Dave Christenson on Monday, April 07, 2008 2:33 PM

I'm just going to say I'm still with it but have been back in the hospital on two more occasions and presently at CDH in Winfield . Things have been going a little rough. Hope to be home again for a day or two before returning to Northwestern. The level of chemo took me to a land I'd care not to return to but know that I have to enter again. Having read the last blog entry of the 1st it is obvious to me I was on drug overdose! My normal writing is not quite that disoriented.

Will update when mind and body permit,

Dave

By Dave Christenson on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 10:58 AM
A visit to the consult resulted in a quick decision to hospitalize due to pneumonia in the lungs and the immediate need to start pre chemo treatments. I will be home by the weekend with home healthcare coming daily for continued in home monitoring and chemo injections and antibiotics. I will be changing the work phone message to a closed due to medial reasons and will the only be clearing messages from those recorded when I can or Matt or Barb will during my hospital stays here at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. I am actually at there women’s hospital at 250 West Superior where the pre chemo is done in tow cycle of which I have completed half of the first cycle with the big cannons unloaded. It has been one h__l of a ride. Home health care is a softening edge to is what is yet to come. Will update when home and settled for a day or two.

Here are a few photos from the hotel's hospital's 'penthouse view'





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