Now Begins Real Adventure

After finishing the chemo treatments, food tastes good again, constipation is gone, and I am not so easily out of breath. Ending the treatments also meant ending my sanctioned boycott of professional dental cleaning. With Wednesday’s cleaning I received a mouthful of x-rays to make sure there were no impending infections that would interfere with the transplant process.

I apparently passed my pre-transplant tests, the electrocardiogram, an echocardiogram, and a pulmonary function test. They wanted to see that I’m likely to survive this adventure.

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“Line” is a much friendlier name than Central Venous Access Device

Yesterday was a full day at the Providence Cancer Center in Portland. Everyone I came in contact with was more than kind, starting and ending with my cousin, Abraham who drove and spent the day there with me. My Central Line was installed and I received a strong dose of chemo. I was awarded a box full of supplies including those needed for cleaning the Central Line daily, and some pre-filled Neupogen syringes for the twice daily subcutaneous shots to be administered by Diane or myself through the next week or so. This is to encourage stem cell production.

In about nine days, stem cell collection should begin. Sometime after that, I will move into my temporary home in the hospital. God knows the end of this fascinating story. I must read it one page (one day) at a time to see how it turns out. Thank you all for your prayers and support.

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10 comments on “Now Begins Real Adventure

  1. Tamara Wright says:

    Still praying for you, Scott, that this treatment will result in extended length and quality of life. Did they tell you to take Claritin (loratidine) to help with the bone pain that can result from the Neupogen injections? Jerry has to have a Neulasta injection after every chemo and he was told to take Claritin the day before, the day of and the day after….it really helped; Neulasta is a longer acting version of the Neupogen which he started with. God bless you both…one day at a time!

    • scanfie says:

      Thanks, Tammi: no mention from the doc about Claritin. My legs ache, but have been before Neupogen shots. I will see the doc in a few days unless I need to call sooner. I watch for your updates on Jerry.

  2. Don MacDonald says:

      HEY Scott when your staying at Proadence let me know  THEN i will if it is ok that is? Will come over and  see ya. IF they will let me in ;-))    Ya I have spent time there with Diane even sleep there as well . I can tell you some storys about me and that place funny ones . Some others I have never told only Diane and I know .      By the way I never heard from your brother.  ONE thing I know you will be ok  and be in good hands .  Those people are like angels I learn that when Diane was there  a few times.           SO keep us posted . I dont have a problem about seeing my buddys in Hosptials . At least your going to be closer now to me ;=-).   Ya I can even fine that place and you dont have to give me directions.;-)) OK take care and I will be praying for ya.     DON

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  3. Ronni Anderson says:

    Nice nip shot Canfield. The puce color does not become you!
    We love you and are praying for you.
    Blessings, Ronni

  4. daphne says:

    Wow Scott, adventure for sure. Keep up the good spirits. We send our love for you and Diane. Continuing prayer, love you tons. daphne

  5. Tanya Lysaught says:

    Still praying for you and Diane. Thank you for the posts, your faith through this trial is an awesome testimony of God’s grace and amazing, undying, and faithful love. God bless you and Diane.

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