Final Chemo Treatment at Emory!

The big news is the final chemo infusion is done over with!!!!!!!

When we saw that the little electronic pump that feeds the evil liquid into my veins was empty and that the drip infusion was done, we did a thumbs up and everyone in the bay who had been sharing stories were happy for me.  I got tears in my eyes and didn’t even try to hide them with masculinity. It was emotional.  I’m getting the tears back as I write this.  What a trip that was—7 several hour chemical treatments sandwiched in with 35 radiation treatments.
ringing the bell at the end of my seven chemo sessions at Emory Winship Cancer Center, Atlanta

ringing the bell at the end of my seven chemo sessions at Emory Winship Cancer Center, Atlanta

Then I rang the bell and, as Billy would of said, “They stand and ‘plauded'”
Now I only have 4 more radiation treatments. That will be a piece of cake. I look for some taste to return within the next month and to take 3 months to a year to return fully (according to the people in the chemo bay).
A man and his wife were telling their tales today in the chemo bay and it seems that they had both had bad cancer problems at the same time. He had a bone marrow thing and she had a problem with her spine.  He said, “We would come in for treatment together–“I’d push her halfway in the wheel chair and then we would switch places.” That brings tears to my eyes even now.  It was an emotional day.  Sweetie drove, of course, as i told you, “Sweetie drives on chemo days”
My friend Randy Eidson will drive me tomorrow morning. I guess sweetie and I will share the driving on Friday, and Bob Hicks will take care of the Monday detail.  Sweetie wants to drive for my penultimate radiation treatment on april 2.  I’m looking to sleep late on April 3.  Maybe even until 6 or so.
My weight was down to 176.  I’m sure it will go down a few more pounds before the chemo goes away, but my ideal weight is 170 and I had gained up to 185 before starting the treatments, so I think I will be just fine.  I don’t want to be fat.
All in all, unless something unexpected happens, I have gotten out of this thing with effects much lighter than I expected.  I have not used the feeding tube yet to everyone’s amazement and, you know me, I am stubborn enough to be bound and determined to not have to use it at all.  If you didn’t know me pretty well you wouldn’t be getting this here letter.
I guess that’s all for now.  The tumors have gone the way of the chemo treatments.  Outa here.  I can’t feel them any more and they were most prominent and growing a couple of months ago.  My neck is red and burnt from the radiation, but that too shall pass. That reminds me, constipation is also a side effect but I’ve found a wonderful new item called Phillips Milk of Magnesia. (joke). It really works, just like when I was a kid.
I heard that I could mix it with vodka and have a Phillips screwdriver. Hehe, just had to leave you with that.
I love you, all of you


14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. debbiemaindonald
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 18:10:52

    …..and we love you…..


  2. debbiemaindonald
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 18:11:31

    ………and we love you, dear man…….

    Fred & Deb


  3. Elaine Drennon Little
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 18:19:23

    Glad to hear this chapter of your life is DONE WITH! Best wishes for the rest of your new life—and speaking of that—will there be another REDNECK sequel??


  4. pbmgarden
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 18:29:41

    I’ve been missing your posts. Glad you’ve turned the corner on the chemo. All the best to you.


  5. Connie
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 19:16:54

    WHOOPEE….just in time to enjoy the spring….May should be a great month. Not so sure about April. ha.
    Rest up!!! Love ya, cb


  6. Jimmye.
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 19:21:54

    Tears came to my eyes when I saw the picture of you ringing the bell. I’m glad you are finished with chemo. ❤


  7. samsspec
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 19:31:22

    John: We are glad that all is going reasonably well and look forward to seeing you soon. Maybe ice tea on the deck when the weather warms up. Please keep us informed. Sam and Virginia….

    ________________________________ From: “Johntheplantman’s stories, musings, and gardening.” To: Sent: Wed, March 27, 2013 7:07:00 PM Subject: [New post] 2092 John Schulz posted: “The big news is the final chemo infusion is done over with!!!!!!!When we saw that the little electronic pump that feeds the evil liquid into my veins was empty and that the drip infusion was done, we did a thumbs up and everyone in the bay who had been sh”


  8. Margaret
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 20:31:15

    Hallelujah! I’m thinking milkshakes soon, very soon. Peace and God’s blessings to you my friend. You and Dekie are so special. I love you both.


  9. trishbene
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 22:59:48

    We love you and “Sweetie” too – God bless you – and may you be even better than before this ‘monster’ invaded your life – XOXO


  10. Shari Evans
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 09:32:14

    John, Only you could make me laugh about you’re treatments! I’m so glad that your sense of humor is still in tact! Wish I could be there to see you drink that Phillips screwdriver.

    I’m so glad you are nearing the end of the treatments and I hope you sleep really late on the 3rd. Can’t tell you how wonderful it is to know that we will still have you around to entertain us! Congratulations to you and Dekie as you put this behind you.

    Love you!


  11. nancy
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 09:12:49

    Bless you John on this Good Friday!!! I have enjoyed the lenten roses you planted for weeks! They are beautiful! Happy Easter!


  12. Anne Hair
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 20:06:19

    You’re doing good, John, I couldn’t resist this:-

    Ring the bells that still can ring
    Forget your perfect offering
    There is a crack in everything
    That’s how the light gets in.

    Hope you have a happy and a peaceful Easter x x


  13. Ruth Gardner
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 09:35:08

    Thank goodness! All is good now. You and Dekie deserve a lovely peaceful vacation. Love, Ruth

    Sent from Windows Mail


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