I am sorry that I have not been around lately. This is supposed to be an open and honest journal of what is going on with my journey thru the disease of lung cancer and on to my recovery. I plan on showing the ups and downs of the process, not just the good times.

I have not posted in a while because I have had a few bad days recently. Days that I caused the problem, not the disease or the treatment. I have not been following instructions. And, when that happens, not so nice things happen in return.

I have been told that one of the side effects to the chemo is constipation which is caused in part by the chemicals but in a large extent to staying hydrated and taking my stool softeners and laxatives.

I am to be drinking 64 plus ounces per day of fluid and stool softener twice a day.

Well, I started dropping of and the constipation jumped on me in a big way. This then zapped my energy and desire to eat and drink and the spiral continued. This, combined with a bit of anemia, just zapped me.

I would sleep 9 – 10 hours, get up for a couple and lay down for a couple of hours and then back to bed early. Having accomplished nothing.

Then my treatment team decided that I needed an infusion of iron which helped a lot for a couple of days. That is until my failure to follow instructions (fluid and laxatives) caught up again. Got another infusion and that is helping.

For the last couple of days, I have been in Crested Butte, Colorado and the altitude has gotten to me. I am 69 years old and getting chemo and tried to act like a healthy kid. I got exhausted and just spent about a day and a hold in bed.

So, this post is to tell you that I am sorry to have ducked out on my responsibility to keep you posted on my journey and will do a better job going forward. But also to say FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS. It is a lot easier that trying to catch up on the back side.