Friday, June 26, 2015

And we are off.....

Had the CT scan and while I was waiting for them to release me, I got a visit from the nurse with a paper of information.  Apparently, my kidney levels dropped below the threshold of 60 and since I had the CT scan I need repeat blood work in 48 hours. 

Went to the family doctor on the 23rd for my B12 shot and while I was there I asked about my blood levels and they were 61...lots better.  I knew the chemo was going to be rough on my kidneys but, they are working fine and I am drinking lots of fluids was not something I was overly concerned about.

I also asked about the CT scan results and got a copy printed off for me.  I got knocked was not news I was expecting or wanted to read about.  I will admit to feeling a bit depressed and I didn't want to talk to anyone or see anyone...I sure didn't tell Rick about it.  Yes, the cancer seems to be stable...yes, one of the tumors shrunk...but, there was mention of new spots.  As usual, the technician who reads these things states that spreading cancer can't be ruled out.  At least, there is still no cancer anywhere else...confined to my lungs.

Saw Dr. Keith (oncologist) on the 24th and we went over the CT results.  He gave the impression that this was all good news which brought my mood up considerably.  Bilateral lung nodules (cancer spots) not significantly changed or slightly smaller.  The largest nodule in my left lung has shrunk from 7mm to 4mm.  I think that is good news, don't you?  The new spots he is attributing to a lung infection.  I picked up a cold at the beginning of May and I have been unable to shake the coughing etc.  No antibiotics as my system seems to be fighting it off my new new cancer!  I am stable and the big spot is mention of the smaller spot.

So...we are doing another round of six treatments of Carboplatin...only anti-nausea drugs.  Dr. Keith thinks I should handle the new chemo treatment a lot easier.  We are starting at 80% dosage and see how I respond from there.  We talked about targeted cancer treatment but, he doesn't think I am bad enough for that yet...nor, the drug trials.  Good news!  The new treatment sheet he gave me says, "This treatment is being given to keep the cancer from progressing, once it has been successfully controlled with an initial chemotherapy treatment".  Yeehaw!!!

On the 25th I saw my replacement naturopath oncologist (Dr. Lindsay Adrian)...I like her!  We went over the CT scan results and reading them from her perspective....the report talks about the cancer being stable...and oh by the way, it shrunk almost in half.  Again, yeehaw!!!  She prescribed a high dose of Echinacea to combat the lung infection and we continue the treatments as usual.  Each time I have a chemo treatment I go in that day for LRHT and again on day 3 and day 5.  I am back drinking Chaga tea...haven't been feeling very good up to now and not able to drink even normal tea.  At least my dad is happy now!

My summer is back on hold again...we are missing a wedding this weekend because I am still not up to traveling....the chemo treatments won't affect the next two weddings but, we will have to see the calendar to find out about the fourth one.

So...good news for a change!  Swimming in large circles, doing back flips and belly flops!

Friday, June 12, 2015


Met with Dr. Parma (naturopath) to go over treatment results etc.  He is taking a 6-month sabbatical to work on a book he is hoping to release and to collate the cancer study results he is doing, which are finished in June.  So, I get handed off to another doctor there.  Diane's doctor is back from maternity leave so I will transfer to her.  Gonna miss Dr. Parma....  When I see Dr. Keith (oncologist) I am to ask for my "alk" and "egfr" results from the lung biopsy.

We met with Dr. Keith on June 1st and he was in much better spirits...more positive.  I asked for the lung biopsy results and he said they were "negative".  Apparently, that means that I am not a good candidate for targeted cancer treatment....that option now may be off the table for me.  My blood levels were low again so...that means back to the hospital Wednesday morning before chemo for re-testing.  Crap!  Chemo is at 9:15 so that means we have to be at the hospital by sleeping in.  Dr. Keith is also going to lower the chemo dosage's cumulative and I still don't seem to be handling it well.

Wednesday, blood tests...and up to chemo.  Neutrophil levels from 1.0 to over 6.0 again....chemo is a go!  Then off to Fort Langley for my Mistletoe injection, Vitamin C IV and LRHT treatments.  Thursday was not too bad a day....Friday I crashed.  Can't stop coughing and that brings on the gagging reflex and the LRHT treatment has to stop so I can get sick again...second time. No more treatments until after the CT scan.  The LRHT treatments can inflame where the cancer is and I could have a non-true scan result.  We are continuing with weekly IV and injections for now.  The ideas is to wait for the inflammation to settle before the scan is done.

Flat on my ass....I go from the bed to the couch forcing down water...too sick to eat.  I don't even want tea...just water to keep hydrated....dozing most of the day.  At 10:00 I take my sleeping pills and off back to bed for the night.  Wake up - repeat!  Rick is trying to force food down and I can take bits and bites but, that is all.  Don't want food!  By Tuesday I can lift my head without the room spinning and I can sit up part of the day before I have to lie down again.  Wednesday is even better.  Thursday off to Fort Langley for IV and injection...back home...over to the neighbors (haven't seen anyone in six weeks) for lemonade...yumm...back home to bed.  We ordered in supper and I ate every crumb on my plate...even sunflower seeds tasted good.  Man, I was hungry.  I really, really want to get back to normal!  My sinuses are starting to dry up...must have been the lower dosage of carboplatin and the coughing is less...bronchial congestion is starting to break up...I can see the end of the tunnel.

I will not do chemo again...nope...done.  It just takes too much out of me.  I don't feel normal...I don't feel good.  Barely get myself on my feet and...wham...another chemo...repeat six times.  Then it takes months to get any energy back just to do housework or anything.  I miss walking...I hate looking at my bike hanging in the garage not being used.  I hate looking at my craft room because it is not organized...I am tired of being on the couch.  I am tired of not going anywhere or doing anything because life revolves around Abbotsford Hospital.  I miss my friends!

And...we are in a holding pattern again.  The CT scan on the 18th, blood work on the 23rd, my final B12 injection on the 23rd, we see Dr. Keith on the 24th for test results and to discuss my options within the B.C. Cancer Agency and then Dr. Adrian on the 25th and we discuss my options outside of the BCCA.

Swimming weakly, but swimming.