February 17, 2007
So yesterday I had chemo, and we finally got a little more information on my scan. It appears that the mass in my chest has shown “significant” decreases, which was really reassuring to hear. From what we understand, we’re just going to go with six cycles (meaning I have two more treatments) and then it’s more wait and see.
Wait and see is pretty much par for the course these days. Yesterday’s treatment went fine (no trouble swallowing my pills like last time, although I did take some anti-anxiety medication beforehand), and I actually slept for most of the treatment. The dacarbazine burnt going in again, but I’ve grown accustomed to that. We just have to adjust the rate. The nausea is down to an absolute minimum, so hopefully if I make it through the weekend the week should be pretty productive, although I’ll probably still have to work through the pain and fatigue. Anyways, that’s all for now; here’s hoping to seeing some of you at this year’s Lincoln Day Dinner next Saturday!
February 1, 2007
Yesterday brought a pleasant surprise: I found out I was scheduled for a body scan TODAY. Ok, perhaps the scheduling wasn’t the best, but I was greatly relieved because we’ve been waiting for this in order to answer questions about what’s going on inside me. The lumps on my neck we could feel, but not so much in my chest.
Given the threat of weather my mom came down today, so she was able to take me over. I learned my lesson from last time and wore sweatpants (rather than anything with a zipper). This time the scan was over at Fontaine instead of the main hospital, and the procedure was markedly different. First I had to drink two glasses of solution, and then they proceeded with the fun and games of placing an IV. Since we’re down to my left arm, there was naturally a bit of trouble. After a second go they got it in, and a short wait was in order. Then I was placed on the table, injected with more solution, and the picture taking comenced. All in all the procedure itself took the better part of twenty minutes.
So now we wait; hopefully, I’ll have some good news within the week.