It’s been nearly two months since my last post, altogether too long. Oddly enough, many of the cancer blogs I follow are in the same situation. Seems many of us these last few weeks haven’t been writing.
For me it’s been a collection of things, getting used to a new normal, traveling, and then getting a pretty severe case of bronchitis.
My new normal is something like this, get a Lupron shot, have mild effects (hot flashes, chills) for a couple weeks, follow that with a couple weeks where mild depression and nausea is added, then cap it off with a couple weeks of significant depression in the early part of the day, transforming to anxiety later in the day and more nausea. I then have a few weeks of respite before the next shot.
Fortunately, my GP and oncologist both suggested I take Prilosec as a prophylactic for the nausea and it’s worked great. Xanax has also been a big help with the afternoon anxiety attacks. By the evening I’m usually fine. I probably should give some credit to the Gin and Tonics for that!
I hesitated to call this post the new normal, because I have no idea how long it will stay this way. Lupron fails on average about two years after it’s started. I’m getting dangerously close to the two year mark. At this point I’m just choosing to believe the Lupron will work significantly longer for me than it usually does. There’s no statistical evidence to indicate I can’t be one of the exceptions, so what the Hell. When it does fail, it’s off to the next step.
In the meantime my life has been pretty full. We took about a 2 week cruise of the British Isles and had a great time. Photos will be posted eventually on my sister blog, Jim’s Pic of the Day. In the meantime there a are posts from various zoos, etc. that I’ve visited over the years. Unfortunately on the last day of the cruise I developed a nasty case of bronchitis. It suspended updates for “pick of the day” and this blog temporarily, but I’m over it now.