Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday April 17

I am so happy to be down to one more week of radiation!  It has turned out to be everything the doctor promised.  No eating, constant urge to throw up, some pain, etc.

I currently cannot eat any food.  I am doing Ensure Shakes 100% at this time.  I have plenty of Ensure on hand!  Thanks Everyone!  I am required to drink 6-7 per day in order to come close to my daily calorie requirements.  I have not yet accomplished this.  Usually I can get 4 down in a day.  It does not sound like much, but they get very old very quickly and after my radiation treatment I feel like putting nothing in my mouth at all.  So, I try to get them down before I go for treatment.

I did get another I.V. on this past Friday evening and took 2 liters of fluid.  This really helps to perk me up for a few days.  I just can't seem to drink enough liquids.  

I cannot tell you yet what the plan is after this week.  I will see Dr. Marquinez on Monday April 25.  The Radiation Oncologist (Dr. John Greskovich) states that he is done with me for about 6 months.  He states I will need this time to recover.  I will know more after April 25.

We know have "TEAM BECKETT" esophageal cancer bracelets thanks to Michelle Moore!  We have 400 of them.  They are available from Michelle or from me.  They are blue (periwinkle) with TEAM BECKETT embossed on them.   The cost is $2.  Thanks for your support!

Thanks for everyone who participated and helped out yesterday with our "RELAY FOR LIFE" at KSU.  The weather was horrible with high winds and rain but the turnout was good!  Thanks also to the guys who did the Honor Guard for the opening ceremony!  Great job!


  1. Don,
    I'm happy for you that you have just this week remaining...4 more days from the time I'm writing this! Yahoo!
    I didn't realize you were only on the Ensure strictly. I wish for you that it would freeze into ice cream! But you are having a good attitude. This is your final week! We'll pray for your appointment and a reasonable protocol with Dr. Marquinez. I have heard that he is great from so many people. I'm glad you are returning to him for your oncology care. Take care and we'll hope to catch you soon. I know you haven't felt up to much of anything so we'll have to keep our next visit shorter (note to self ;). Love you, Mike & Heidi

  2. P.S.
    If you send this picture to me, I can take care of your "red eye" so you and Heidi have white "catch light" in your eyes.