Monday, March 16, 2015
I drank half the prep solution two hours before the appointed time and the other half on the way to the lab. The scan was very quick. One nurse prepped me and as soon as I laid down on the scanner, the nurse radiologist in charge injected the contrast. I had to hold my arms behind my head which was painful and tiring on worn out shoulders but it didn't last long.
I told LuAnn we ought to see who was in at the oncologist's office so we could ask our questions about the scan and the chemo scheduled for next week. We asked for Jill the nurse but Dr. Andolina took time to see us.
He said let's take next week off and decide our plan during that week. That was music to my ears but I didn't want to get behind in my treatments, either. He said one week was no problem and I needed the rest and he needed the time to decide how we go forward.
Dr. Andolina told us to text him before he left the office to remind him and he would give us an update. LuAnn texted him around 4 pm and he called before he left the office. The news is the small cell cancer is much smaller and nearly under control. He was pleased how the liver and lympth nodes looked The only problem was there was no change in my prostate gland which was not larger or smaller and I've had BPH for years. He said that could be the typical prostate cancer and does not respond to the chemo but does respond to hormone injections.
I said that is what my dad had and he took the injections for 10 years at Christ Hospital. I see a biopsy in my future and I wouldn't be surprised if it is this week.
We feel pretty positive about all of this if I can keep my strength up and keep improving. Getting enough exercise is a problem now since I am so weak. The balance between exercise, proper diet and rest is important now and I need to get better at managing it.
That's where I am at today in our battle against cancer. I do thank you all for your thoughts and prayers and all the consideration and concern you have shown us both.
It's a hard fight but right now I feel like I can do it. God help me when I can't.