Round 3 BCG - Post-Mortem - July 18-21, 2008
Treatment #3 progressed from "no big deal" to "some kind of deal" this week. All day Friday there was no comfortable position - sitting, lying, standing, walking, hunched over - all equally uncomfortable. Not pain, but burning in the bladder and major discomfort. No way even to take a nap. Reading, watching TV, or doing internet/work stuff was limited to 10 minute intervals - not at all efficient. I ended up shifting positions and/or peeing every 15 minutes throughout the day. The greater the urge, the greater the burning. Urinating brought relief to that, but traded it for a pretty severe bladder cramp lasting up to 20 minutes after. I was able to sleep that night, though, and it was back to discomfort on Saturday and vague discomfort on Sunday. Back at work today and tomorrow before Round #4 on Wednesday. Dr. Hopkins called me Friday and opined that blood clots were not what he'd classify as a normal response, but within the range of things to be expected. A lot of folks are concerned and asked me yesterday and today how it went. I tried to describe it, but it seems to be more upsetting than reporting all is well, which is what we are all hoping for. And since all is well enough now, I tried that as a response - rough for a day or two, but fine now! Even that made some wince in sympathy. If this week is worse, we'll move from discomfort to pain, and I have Lortabs (codeine plus acetominophen) left over from surgery to get me through Thursday. Putting the best spin on it that I can, let's just say I had a fair number of David Beckham moments (see photo) on last Friday, putting me in the best of company. Truth be told, there are plenty of other kinds of Beckham moments I'd rather be having!
Posted by Steve Kelley