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As of now, Eric's treatment is DONE! No more daily radiation, no more weekly chemo! Just rest, nutrition, recovery!

My husband, Unit Zero, finished treatment for his neck cancer on Thursday. The end was actually delayed a few days due to a hospitalization midway through, in which we didn't know he could ask to have his radiation done (same building) so he missed a couple. As soon as we were made aware he could get the radiation while admitted, we made sure he never missed another one!

We took in a huge tray of cookies, brownies, and strawberries to the radiation team. That contact nurse gave us so much support throughout the whole process, and we spent so much time with those folks over the course of several months. It seemed like the right thing to do. He came home with a certificate of completion, a hand made teddy bear, and his mask. He talks about painting it into a superhero.

Because he's been hospitalized for fever Friday nights after Thursday chemo twice now, we thought we'd be spending this holiday on fever watch. Instead, he's spent the past several days trying to settle digestive fallout from all the meds they've got him on. I, in the meantime, got a throat bug and am terrified to be in the same room with him for fear of sharing it with him while he's low from chemo. I've slept on the couch and he hasn't left the bedroom. The teenagers took feedings in and helped him with it.

These upcoming months are going to be a period of uncertainty. I don't have a handle on when we're supposed to see which doctors for followups. I've got to start paying them all (omg!) and the disability company only ever sent two weeks of compensation. Sooner or later, he's got to get the peg tube out. From what the nutritionist said, that's when he can go two weeks without losing any weight. But how do I get that scheduled? I have no idea. I'm sure it will all work out.

As an innocent bystander, simply "transportation" and not the torture victim patient, I liked these past few months because it was all laid out neatly. Radiation x 4, chemo, radiation. Lather, rinse, repeat. Now it's all random again. I don't do random well unless it's at my discretion. {sigh}

You can catch up on Eric's story here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Anyone who's able and inclined to give a hand keeping the medical bills on track can do so at Eric's fundraiser page. We're grateful for your support.

Originally posted to jennifree2bme on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 03:03 PM PDT.

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