Dear Friends, Family, Compadres:
Summer has come and gone way too quickly for me. It seems like just a couple of weeks ago I was planning our trip to the redwoods. Since my last update in July, we have managed an 8-day excursion to DC, a weekend getaway to Palm Springs (more mudslides, please!), helped my ol’pal with a fence and pergola (jeeze its hot!), had dinner with some Y-guys (Ernie IS Mr. Vegas), lunched with Temples 1 and 2, and had dinner, picked some grapes and made wine with the same great folks I began my career with 25 years ago (You jumping outta that plane yet, Linda?) . Alot of fun and great memories.
My treatment has progressed, as I have managed to miss only one scheduled bi-weekly cycle since January and I have continued to tolerate the IV infusions with relatively minimal side effects. The Doc has even commented that I have made it longer on this currewnt chemo regimen than any of his other patients. I am fortunate to have good genes. My latest CT scan and cancer “markers” test also have been good. The main tumor is still shrinking and other areas where they saw something before, in the liver and lungs, “are no longer visualized”- so that’s good news.
But i had a little, what I call “event” last week (I think Kathy would call it something different).. Got a hold of some questionable take out food 2 days after my latest treatment ended. Turns out that with a supressed white blood cell count that day (my body was still recovering) it didnt have much ability to fight off any infection. Within 6 hours I was running a fever of 104 and had to be admitted to the hospital. Yadda-Yadda-Yadda and 3 days later i was home again with some strong antibiotic tablets (ugh). I promised many of you loving people to take better care in the future – I will.
Well, with the test results looking better than we hoped when we launched this boat in January, and with last week’s episode indicating that maybe this good ol’ body of mine needs a break, Doc has canceled treatemnts until Oct, when we will meet again and decide on the next course of action. Maybe back on the same horse, or a new treatment altogether. I didn’t want to take my foot off the gas, so to speak, since we have been having good results, but i agree that a month break would feel great. I am looking forward to consecutive treatment-free weekends :o).
I hope you have done something fun this summer and will be doing even more wacky stuff this fall. You all continue to inspire me to keep going and be positive. Take care of yourselves and recharge your batteries. Carve out time for fun and ignore the negativity that can seem pervasive. Friends are everywhere. Beauty is in you. And no matter what hand we are dealt, its a wonderful life. :o)