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One Mistake Led to Another – Conflicting Diet Restrictions

Colon Cancer Stage IIIB

The best laid schemes of mice and men gang have gone awry again.

Thanks to the SNAFU that resulted in the cancellation of my Mediport insertion last Friday, I am now scheduled to have two medical procedures tomorrow.

Unfortunately, the dietary restrictions for the two procedures are the exact opposite of each other.
In the morning, I’m scheduled to have the Mediport inserted at Unity Hospital in Greece. Then in the afternoon, I’m scheduled to start my chemotherapy at the Interlakes Oncology office at the old lakeside hospital building in Brockport.

The paperwork I received last week explains exactly where I am supposed to be and when for each procedure, but it does not contain any information about dietary restrictions.

I was concerned that I might have to fast for 24 hours before the chemotherapy starts, and I didn’t want to delay the start of my chemotherapy again, so I called the oncologist’s office.

The woman who answered the phone told me that the oncologist did not want me to fast.

Instead, the oncologist wanted me to eat tomorrow morning before the chemotherapy, because it would help reduce the nausea, which is the most common side effect of chemotherapy.

So I relaxed, had my morning coffee and ate my breakfast.

Just as I finished my breakfast, my cell phone rang. It was a woman from Unity hospital calling to give me detailed directions on where to park and what I needed to do when I arrived at the hospital I the morning for the Mediport insertion.

Then she told me that I couldn’t eat any food after midnight, that I couldn’t drink any coffee in the morning, and that I should only drink water when I took my medicine.

This left me in a quandary.

I have to fast after midnight, and then only drink water in the morning before the Mediport insertion.

Then, after that procedure is over, and if I am not nauseous to the point of puking, I plan to stop at a restaurant in Greece and eat a hearty meal so my stomach has food in it when I start my chemotherapy.

What a mess. Thanks to the SNAFU that resulted in the cancellation of my Mediport insertion last Friday, It looks like I’m damned if I do and damned if I don’t eat tomorrow.

I wonder what life has in store for me next?

To Be Continued.

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