Hello Beth and Gary ---
There's some good news shining through in your post, although I know you have worries and concerns that abound, as well. We acknowledge the clouds, but I ALSO see the silver lining in your words ...
I'm very thankful for the DROP in P.S.A. --- something is helping, something is working --- hope the treatments continue to help.
As for the infusions and getting the I.V. inserted ... one method that worked for me, getting the I.V. needle inserted into the top of my hand for chemo infusions --- and we use this technique now with monthly lab work, as well --- after much "trial and error" and exasperating attempts to find veins, we now have found a way that seems to finally WORK ... FINALLY !
The solution was easy, in the end ... they have me hold my hands under fairly warm running water for a few minutes to "draw up" the veins --- as my chemo treatments continued, I experienced what the nurses nicknamed "chemo veins" --- veins which tend to go into hiding, in some people --- holding my hands under warm running water drew the veins to the surface --- this is how I now do my usual monthly lab draws --- they draw labs from the top of my hand --- works MUCH better for me than trying to draw labs from my arms --- and I don't go home looking like a dart board full of holes anymore.
When I go to Mayo Clinic, they have WARMING BLANKETS which they use in my case --- both my arms are wrapped in these warm blankets for a few minutes, which then "draw up" the veins. Some places will use heated "hand warmers" placed on top of the hands for a few minutes ... you can ask about
these methods --- I prefer the warm running water method ... quick and easy. Works for me ! I leave the lab MUCH happier now and with fewer bruises from failed attempts ... lab draws from the top of my hands now being the preferred method in my case !
As far as Gary's weight loss --- I know you are concerned, from the words in your post --- have you asked for the services of a dietician at the hospital ? A friend of mine with the same diagnosis was losing weight during his treatments --- his wife asked for the services of a medical dietician through the hospital and this really helped. The dietician found ways to "pack some pounds" back on my friend, when he was struggling with weight loss. Currently, he's doing well again. Just a thought to share with you, in case it helps ...
Keeping you both very close in my thoughts --- I think of you both so often !
Caring thoughts, from across the miles,
"CYCLONE FAN" ~ Iowa State University
PSA At Diagnosis In Year 2013 : 138
Initial Diagnosis: Advanced Prostate Cancer, With Metastases In Both Lungs
Age At Diagnosis: 48 years
ADT Treatments: LUPRON, FIRMAGON, and currently ZOLADEX
Subsequent Treatments: Chemotherapy Treatments (TAXOTERE) & now ZYTIGA
Additional Medical Consultant - Dr. Eugene KWON - Mayo Clinic
PSA Level: Currently < 0.10, With Treatments Ongoing
Post Edited (ISU-CycloneFan) : 7/20/2016 4:04:43 PM (GMT-6)