Greetings! Day two of chemo is starting well. Yesterday Mathew had 2 Ensures fed through the feeding tube plus he drank 3 on his own. He got in some TwoCal and even ate a few bites of food! By day’s end he was tired but the nightly bathroom jaunts had just begun.

Here is a picture of Mathew with his overloaded iv pole. His chemo is running (under the bag since it is light-sensitive), his feeding pump, the Mesna medication, and the iv drip. Pretty busy!
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Next is the corner of the room with the cot. If this was John’s turn to stay overnight the bed would be made. It’s not though and I plan to take a nap shortly since I also made all those bathroom runs with Mathew through the night!
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I stopped by Mathew’s workplace, Key Industries, yesterday. The staff and fellow friends had a card, a sweater and a get-well poster for him. The poster was made at Halloween but we couldn’t coincide a visit.

Mathew loves the poster and we hung it up in his room for him to see. The zombies spell ” Matt” in case you didn’t notice. The art teacher at Key Industries is so talented; check out those details! Mathew cried when he looked at it; he misses his “life” as he says. He knows they are busy with Christmas festivities but it was nice to see they still think of him.
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It took a lot of pictures to get this one of Mathew smiling this morning. Every time I snapped a photo he stopped smiling. Eventually he cracked up and I stole a smile!

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We discovered a side effect of the feeding tube… When Mathew sits up or moves around he belches loudly and for a very long time. He thinks it’s hilarious! Who knew how much air could creep in that little tube?!

With all those gadgets on his iv pole there are constant clicks, beeps and now screeching when the feeding pump malfunctions. Which is often. I cannot stand the high-pitched squeal when it goes off and it is one of the few times the nurse’s button is pressed vigorously. Even at midnight!

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