Tonsil Boy

Hi Everyone, So many people, so many things happening in mine and my family's lives. This is to help keep everyone updated on my journey through tonsil cancer. Please excuse poor grammer and spelling. (Weasle has already corrected my grammer twice).Please pass along this site to our friends. Click on "COMMENTS" to read them or to leave a comment.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Doctor Update

I saw my Chemotherapy doctor today, Friday and he says I am at the lowest point physically in the treatment. I take this as good news! Why you ask? Yesterday I felt good enough to go grocery shopping with Weasle and Laura. We were out for an hour and a half. I was wipped out when we got home, but enjoyed being out and about. So I beleive I have made the turn a few days ago and look forward to being well again.

Thank you everyone for your prayers, support and comments. Please have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukah.

My love to all, Randy

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Sunday update

Hi Everyone!!
It's Sunday afternoon. I wanted to update you on my progress. It seems that each day I feel a little better. Not lots, but it's finally nice to know that the healing process has really begun. Not much else to say but thanks for all the support and prayers. I will do my part and get better. A shout out to Ken Nuzzi who had his knee replaced Wednesday and came home yesterday. Get well soon, we are all falling apart. Old age is hell.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Out of the hospital

Hi Everyone! Its Monday morning and I feel much better than I did this weekend. Once out of the hospital, I thought I'd feel better but I guess I was having Chemo withdrawal. I still had the usual nausea and vomiting even at home. I hope that is the end of that stuff ! To the right is a picture of me with my certificate of graduation from radiation, along with a graduation gift and my mask. I graduated even though I puked on their floor before my last treatment. This delayed my graduation ceremony for 30 minutes.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Last Week

It looks like dad is getting his wish- to sleep through this week in the hospital. He hasn't even been on his blog but mom reads him the comments daily. So keep them coming. So far, he's handling this week better than the first one. His face is swollen a little bit from the chemo, though. He and the nurses have figured out a new "cocktail" to manage the nausea, so it's not nearly as bad as last time. Plus, it also helps that he's a massive hardcore beast.

P.S. The redness on the side of his face and neck is from the radiation...but he says he can't feel it. It's supposed to go away eventually.

Friday, December 02, 2005

YEAH 6 Weeks down

Finally I see some light at the end of the tunnel! Today was may last Friday of radiation, YIPPEE!!! Next Thursday will be my last day of radiation. On Monday, Dec 5th, I will be admitted into the hospital for another round of 24/7 chemotherapy. I do not look forward to this at all. I have told the doctors I want to be heavily sedated the entire time so that I don't remember the week.
I was taken off the experimental drug, Ethyol, on Tuesday. Ethyol was to try and keep may salivary glands working or partially working when this proticol is complete. I was taken off the Ethyol for several reasons: 1) I was getting fevers at night which are very dangerous to me with my immune system down low; 2) It was making the nausea almost uncontrollable.

The nausea is now controlled with several drugs , so I am now holding my liquids down.


Thanks for all your support, prayers, and comments. I love them all !