The time has finally come. Remnants and reminders of my battle with cancer are all over the house. The time has come to purge these items from the house. There is so much stuff laying around! Pills, syringes, creams, wipes, plumbing. The list goes on and on.
Some of the stuff hasn’t been used for a year, others as recently as February. Only the things that are going away are on the table. There are still medications and supplies I currently use that aren’t shown here. I’m also missing a lot of medicine that I actually finished. These are the remnants of pills that were ineffective or I eventually no longer needed.
It is a good reminder to me of how good I have it now. Free from pain and down to two medications daily and one weekly, it is a vast improvement over the cocktail of pills I was taking before.
The epsom salts were used to relieve the incredible pain pre and post surgery when the pain medication wasn’t effective. The three types of nausea medication I had was to keep things in check during chemo. The chux were placed under my bed sheet to protect the mattress from the drain that was sticking out of my body after the surgery. The creams for before surgery to try and ease the pain and battle the side effects of radiation. The bag of needles and tubes, the syringes of saline, the heparin and alcohol wipes were on hand so a home healthcare nurse could access my port for the massive antibiotics I took after contracting an e coli infection.
Now I don’t need any of it! The pain is gone. The nausea is gone. The drain is gone. The port is gone. All that’s left are the scars, my new post surgery normal and the antibiotic resistant bacteria my body now contains.
All in all I came out in very good shape and I’m not complaining. Getting rid of these reminders is another step on my journey. They are remnants of the war I fought. Hopefully I won’t have to do battle again and getting rid of these things is an optimistic gesture. A statement that cancer no longer lives here and will never be welcome again!