hwr wrote:I so much appreciate your responses.
As for upcoming plans between now and year end, I wonder if I would realistically be able to keep any of them if I began chemo in late September.
1. 200 mile drive each way for a reunion on September 27-29. Low key event, mainly dinner with friends and gathering at local neighbor church where we all grew up a kids in the 50's. I would be travelling alone. I could always delay start of chemo to 9/30 rather than 9/23.
2. Annual beach fishing trip with son, son-in-law and wives week of October 12-19. Always a wonderful week. look forward to it all year.
3. Caribbean cruise December 9-20. We are looking forward to it, but this would be our 26th cruise so it's not the end of the world.
The oncologist said maybe to trips one and two, but no to the cruise.
I started Adjuvant chemo around Dec 20, 2017 and took an Amtrak trip from Boston to Washington DC from January 3, 2018 - January 8, 2018. The first few days the temperatures were -10 to -20 so it was brutal with the Oxaliplatin. But we managed. I had an ileostomy bag as well which made things more complicated than what you would be dealing with.
I can see why your doctor responded the way he did. The first is a relatively small gathering and you would be traveling alone so not exposed to viruses as on a bus, train or plane. The second is similar where you would be traveling with a few people, perhaps, and where the number of people at your destination would be small.
The third is traveling with a lot of other people in an environment known for the spread of viruses and bacteria.
My oncologist always told me not to get sick when I was on chemo.