The first day of treatment….

Well….first big day of chemo and radiation treatments down!! Just figured we would give a quick update.

Today was the first day of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Uncle Greg went early this morning to get the process started with a “port” which makes having IV’s much easier.  When he came back….our good friend the Chaplain came by and gave him his ashes for Ash Wednesday. Then….the Chemo started around 1:00 pm. The chemo takes place in his room….and he felt no nausea at all today. His amazing nurse Robin said that he may feel delayed nausea which would happen 6 hours after the chemo….but I’m sitting here with him now….and he’s feeling good….which is awesome!!

He went for the radiation treatment this afternoon at 3:00 pm. He says the whole thing was a lot of prep….and just a few minutes of treatment. He was only gone from the room for about an hour. This evening….Julia brought him some Aloe Vera gel for the area where he received the radiation as well as a pretty delicious looking salad  and piece of catfish from Black Eyed Sally’s. He watched Modern Family for the first time tonight. He wasn’t too impressed. LOL!! It wasn’t the best episode to watch for the first time. And now….we’re back to watching Law and Order again.

All in all….it seems like this first day of treatment went well. He is feeling GOOD!! So that is a wonderful thing. He says Hey to everyone out there reading and checking up on him. Again….he really appreciates all the love and support. He is just really happy to be starting the treatments….and actively fighting this thing.

With lots and lots of love –

Ash 🙂

  1. #1 by Michele Smith on February 23, 2012 - 3:06 am

    Thanks Ash for sharing this. Give him a great big hug from me! Love you UG!

  2. #2 by Velina Brown on February 23, 2012 - 6:05 am

    Thank you. Glad to hear the first day went smoothly.

  3. #3 by Ellen Robinson on February 23, 2012 - 7:09 am

    Hope the rest of your day went as well, Tate! Good luck with day number 2. Wish I had more flexibility to come see you more often but I’ve been checking for blog entries every few hours and trying to telepathically transmit good vibes. I get the Law and Order thing, I’m right there with you 24/7.

  4. #4 by Anonymous on February 23, 2012 - 9:48 am

    We shall hope that this trend continues. Give Tate a big hug for me… from one cancer survivor to another!!! I’m with you every step of the way!!

  5. #5 by Marcia Morris on February 23, 2012 - 9:50 am

    Oh… and can you post actual address for those of us who don’t have it and would like to send along an old fashioned “snail mail” form of encouragement?

  6. #6 by Mari on February 23, 2012 - 10:59 am

    Wow, thanks so much for the update. I woke up this morning thinking about Tate and wondering how the first day went so this is good news. There are some really goods medicines that he can take before and during chemo to avoid any nausea so maybe this can be avoided completely. The Aloe Vera sounds like a really smart idea. I am curious to know if he is just going to stay in the hospital during the entire treatment or does he get to go home? Anyone know?
    Love and kisses and hugs to Tate.

  7. #7 by Elvy Stepinoff on February 23, 2012 - 12:24 pm

    Glad everything went well today. Keeping you all in my thoughts.

    • #8 by Anonymous on February 23, 2012 - 2:18 pm

      Old Fashioned Snail mail address:
      15 warrenton Avenue
      Hartford, CT

      He should be home tomorrow after treatment. Then he will do out patient radiation 5 days a week for at least 5 weeks and Chemo for 3 Days at a time every 3 weeks. That is the plan right now. It could change depending on second and third opinions but we’ll see.

  8. #9 by Amy Clifton on February 23, 2012 - 2:47 pm

    Glad to know I’m not the only freak who can watch Law and Order endlessly! Nothing like it to pass the hours. Lots of love to you, Tate!

  9. #10 by Anonymous on February 23, 2012 - 6:11 pm

    Mari….he will stay here in the Hospital for treatment today and tomorrow….but he is planning to go home tomorrow. He will have radiation and chemo as an outpatient in the future.

    Ash 🙂

  10. #11 by Rob on February 23, 2012 - 8:24 pm

    Tate’s coming home!! Thats awesome. Let me know if you want the bed moved from New Haven to Warrenton. I have a trailer and the morning off tomorrow. I could drive down and get it set up no problem.

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