Thursday, May 14, 2009

May 14

May 14
Originally uploaded by Cancer Boy
I've been meaning to write an entry for some time, but I've been very busy playing catch-up with work, and before I knew it, chemo hit, and it all went to hell... Again...

I had my CT scan. That went okay, until the contrast hit and I ended up throwing up inside the machine. Not so fun. Had my Gallium scan. That was uneventful. All glory to Steve Jobs and the wonder of the iPhone. Music sure does make a 2.5 hour scan go by rather quickly. Then came chemo #12. My port stared fucking up -- couldn't draw blood out of it before the chemo, but at least they could push, and I got the fucking poison, no problem.

Now I get to wait about a week to find out whether I require additional chemotherapy. I really hope I'm done.

But, then again, I have a rather horrid suspicion that I'm not done yet. My doctor wants to make the "right decision" which, I realize is the one that's most likely to keep me alive, but it's also the one that makes me the most miserable.

I've become a bit frustrated with the gym thing. It's not my goal to become some muscle-bound idiot -- it's not a particularly appealing look, I don't think, and I don't much have the frame to support it. That being said, muscle gain has been rather lacking. Then I did some reading. Chemo patients, listen up, this is in your best interest!

The average person requires 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of healthy weight per day in order to prevent muscle wasting. A chemo patient requires a full 1.5 grams of protein per kilogram of healthy weight per day! That's almost double!

Given my weight, I discovered that I would need to consume roughly half a kilogram of lean pork per day, to prevent muscle wasting. No wonder I'm barely building any muscle.

Also, whey protein is a precursor to... Some compound, I forget... Which allegedly helps prevent some cancers. Drink up me hearties, yo ho.

Also, in living with Melissa, I've inherited a cat. A rather stupid cat. But I love him so.


Alli said...

He's a big kitty , how can you help but not love him?? I am debating if I should get another cat. Mine died last year at the ripe age of 17...I miss the company of a cat... though it might eat the bird lol

you look good Armand... :)


Daria said...

I sure hope you are done with chemo ... too.

deborah d. lattimore said...

love the photo of you and your cat. it's so great to have more love in your life!! xoxo

penguie said...

bet they loved you with your CT scan hehehe ;-) Give them something to remember you by. Hope that you are thru with chemo and Loki isnt stupid, just mentally disturbed

Corrine said...

hahah extemely emotionally disturbed. Poor crazy cat.

Now that you're moved in have you and Melissa had time to start those home improvement projects?