Posted by Kirstin at BAREFOOT AND LAUGHING:
Next steps, as far as I understand them:
I have a PET scan November 7. (Yes, all of mine have been on Sundays.) If the scan basically matches the last one, chemo’s done all it can do and we stop. I'll be transferred back to my oncologist in Sac for monitoring. If the tumors are smaller, we keep at the biochemo. If the tumors are progressing, we switch me to high-dose IL-2. That carries a risk of neurological damage; I really don’t want to go there. But it also can, if you're cosmically lucky, knock the disease out of your body forever.
It’s amazing what you can get used to. I freaked out in the hospital my first round, because I couldn’t cope with the idea of having a chest wall full of time bombs. Now? As long as they’re not growing, they’re not threatening me. I know all I need to know about living in the moment.
Today is for resting and rehydrating. Thank God for good nausea drugs.
Posted by Paul at BYZIGENOUS BUDDHAPALIAN:
I ask your prayers for Marsha's brother Scott.
"His heart procedure (cardial ablation where dr. freezes one chamber of his heart to hopefully get it back into rhythm) is tomorrow in Salt Lake. It is about a 5 hour procedure and, as you might imagine, not without risk, plus he has been in arrhythmia intermittently for 5+ years so he is not going into this in the best of health. Our father died of this condition at age 57 so Scott is understandably anxious about it, as are all of us."
Posted by Graham at DIGGING A LOT:
I have been married for 21 years today. So has my wife. I am not old enough to have been married for that long. When I got married, Mrs Thatcher was still the queen and computer screens were black and green and no one I knew had them in their homes.
Well done, old chap. And a shout out to the good and faithful wife, as well.