I’m doing OK after my first of 20 planned chemo treatments. 19 to go. The treatment included an anti-nausea drug and steroid to make the nausea drug work. I may opt out of that next time. I feel OK, just a little feverish. I wasn’t able to meet with the Oncologist today, but have 15 min scheduled with him next week. But I was given the reports from the blood tests and CT scan. The nurse gave me her input, and the news is generally good. The scan was said to be “unremarkable” with no metastases in liver or stomach. A few lymph nodes were lit up, but this is to be expected after surgery. The blood test for the cancer markers was well in the normal range; low end, in fact. These are really just baseline readings that will be compared with future scans and blood tests, but as far as I can tell, the results are positive. I will know a little more after meeting with the oncologist next week.
So I am underway with the chemo. Also got a haircut in preparation for the weddings this weekend. I found out that the worst days may be 3-5 days after getting the drug. So maybe I didn’t time it just right, but we will find out.
Thank you all for your kind words of support, your prayers and generosity. Amy and I have come to realize that we live in a wonderful web of love and support, and it makes this process easier.
Well, that's my story, and I'm sticking to it! Talk again soon.