MK, how is Chuck doing?

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barkyboys
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   Posted 7/10/2009 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
You've been pretty quiet the last few days.

Love and hugs...
BEV
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gma
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   Posted 7/10/2009 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Acually I think I can say Chuck is doing better. The pain seems to be better controlled by the Methadone. He still can't sit for long, even a few minutes hurts badly. But they are encouraging him to walk with the walker to get his leg muscles going again. His legs are so skinny and he has little strength in them. The PA is working on finding him a water class to see if that will help. The third chemo was yesterday and I guess in a couple of weeks he will be tested to see what it has done for him. He seems to tolerate chemo well. His disposition is good and he still is confident he will beat this thing and be back to farming some. Meanwhile I am soooo tired. You wouldn't believe what I did last night. I went to sleep at nine and nearly slept the clock around. Since Chuck was encouraged to move around, I ignored him in the kitchen at 2 when he was getting some breakfast. I had a little breakfast myself and my meds and went back to bed until 2 this afternoon. AND I SLEPT the whole time. I should be rested, huh? But now I have a mess in the kitchen facing me and I better get busy. I fixed lunch at 2:30 so who knows when we will have supper? LOL Thanks so much for everything, Bev. Hugs MK


barkyboys
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   Posted 7/11/2009 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
This sounds like good news all around... except the mess in the kitchen, and I have one of those myself. Hubby said he would do the dishes while my hand heals, but so far, the mess hasn't moved him to do anything. Sigh. I would light a fire under his favorite chair, but with his oxygen, that might be a bit more drama than I want!

Hugs...
BEV
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gma
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   Posted 7/12/2009 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Bev, Sorry about your hand, you are doing great typing and keeping up with everyone. Chuck's third round of chemo is kicking in. He hurts worse after chemo so we hope that means it is doing something. He takes carboplatim for his lung tumor and it leaves a metallic taste in his mouth because it is metallic compounds. This week he only has lab work so it will be done by the visiting nurse and no trip to Fort Worth. Then the next week it is time for Zometa again. +My PS is right up the street and I have an appointment to see him for annual visit to keep up my insurance policy from work while Chuck is getting his ZZZZ. That was a great benefit from working and leaving under disability, my term insurance of $50,000 stays in force as long as I am disabled.

Chuck wants chicken noodle soup for supper and since he is gluten free I have to make noodles. I keep them in the freezer but they aare just about gone, so I guess I will spend most of the afternoon making them. I have an extrusion attachment on my mixer which works well when the dough is right. Trouble is that I don't always get the same results when I make the dough. They taste good, tho.

Hugs, MK


barkyboys
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   Posted 7/13/2009 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
That gluten free diet must be tough to cook for. Combine that with the "nothing tastes right" of chemo, and I can't imagine what it must be like to find things he can eat.

Take care...
Love and hugs...
BEV
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gma
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   Posted 7/14/2009 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Actually because I love to cook, I don't mind making things for him. For some reason he is off bread for now, just doesn't want any. But the noodles he loves. They are made with rice flour, potato starch, cornstarch and tapioca starch mixed for the flour and then the rest is eggs, a bit of oil and a bit of water for consistancy. Oh yes, you use Xantham gum for holding all the dough together. I also make him spaghetti, about the same way with less or no eggs. His problem with chemo seems to be a strange taste in his mouth, but it has not affected his appetite. I just got a mix to make him graham crackers and he is looking forward to that. I guess they use buckwheat for the graham taste. Will let you know. We have a new Celiac forum here and I have been posting some on it, but it is not real active. Hugs MK

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