Treatments 4-6 and Then …Posted: February 3, 2014
Some issues regarding the last three chemo treatments were covered in previous posts. Just to recap some of the happenings.
My blood counts were being taken for a real ride during this process. I received two units of blood for very low red count and, a $10,000 shot for very low white count.
My memory faded tremendously and during these last 3 treatments it really took a holiday. Looking back, that was a good thing. I was actually fortunate.
The humor for my husband person (Mr T – teacher) and myself continued. And it had to as I would react negatively to any little potential negative that I heard or imagined. Can you just fathom what my caregiver husband person went through. Actually, some of you who read this blog can relate to what he experienced.
So treatment 6 was completed, though by white count was a little iffy. Fortunately, I had a Doctor and Nurse who allowed # 6 to happen.
At some point after the last treatment (I can’t remember how long), I had another cat scan. Then the big day approached — the outcome and potential next steps of radiation and surgery to remove the tumor (radical hysterectomy was my understanding). To say that I wasn’t nervous would be a bold-faced lie. I was taking a very low dose of sertraline so that helped with anxiety, but I was still nervous as a cat.
The Doctor came in and pronounced a good result. No further treatment necessary. To which I responded, “When do I begin radiation.” The response, Mrs Al “there is nothing left to treat.” So I thought for a moment and then asked, “What about surgery?” Response from the Doctor who was a patient with yours truly, Mrs AL “there is nothing left to treat.”
I had a bit of trouble making sense of what was being said to me and then it finally hit me … “REALLY?” The Onc told us that what I experienced was unprecedented. And he appreciated the fact that there were so many folks praying me and Mr T, praying for him, my nurse and the staff at the center where I was being treated. While we did not delve deeply in our faith, it was clear we were all Thanking and Praising the Lord for this outcome.
The subsequent cat scans (every 3 months) were also positive. In fact, the Onc indicated about 3 months ago that I was “stable” and that he was going to stretch out the cat scans to 6 months.
My function now is self-examination for nodules and other indications of a recurrence. I cannot be declared “cured” as the history of my particular case indicates recurrence at some point.
So now what?
February 6, 2013 was treatment # 6. On February 6th this year I go in for a lung x-ray and consult with the Onc Doctor person. The lungs are of concern as they too developed tumors filled with communist cancer cells. And it is my understanding that treating lung cancer is particularly difficult.
As I continue this blog I would ask a favor of each of you … if you know someone who would like to share some of their experiences as either a patient or caregiver, please encourage them to post their comments here. If interest develops, I will create a separate page for posting experiences in a comments section. Every single experience is unique. And the more we share with one another, the better.
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