September 20, 2006

September 20 Final Update

I’m getting a little better tonight, although the chemo is really numbing my finger-tips and feet. My taste buds continue to improve and that’s a help.

While I was getting my Neupogen shot this morning, one of the nurses said at my last blood test, my serum creatinine had moved from 1.2 to 1.5. They gave me a half-gallon plastic bucket to collect 24 hours of urine and give to the lab. I will do my best to fill it.

They think it’s due to the chemo effects.

I’m a little concerned that they didn’t tell me that sooner. I will beat on them tomorrow.

One more day of Neupogen and then I get another treatment Friday afternoon. Then I’m out of jail for two weeks!

I mentioned to the nurse yesterday that I am scheduled for my treatment at 3:00 pm Friday. That means my Neulasta shot would come at 8:30 Saturday and that is less that the 24-hours they have always told me should elapse between treatment and Neulasta shot.

Their response was, “Well they’re finding that 24 hours is not sacrosanct. They’re finding that treatment can vary.”

Although I didn’t comment, I was rather nonplussed.

The Vorlon Parents emailed me the following story:

Your mother was talking with a lady. She began telling her story about cancer she had years ago and the chemo treatments she endured. She was taking chemo for a tumor on her kidney. After several months of treatments, the tumor never changed. The tumor is still there but the cancer has been in remission for 10 years now.

Posted by The Vorlon at September 20, 2006 8:29 PM

The numbness in my hands is abating a bit after being off chemo for 6 weeks. My feet feel puffy and like I'm walking on sausages.

I'm adding you to my prayer list and Know well that a positive attitude and prayer of gratitude for each new day is the best medicine for you. I've battled this son of a gun for 8 full months and though I'm not out of the woods, that one battle is over and I'm the victor. You will be too.

Cheers and Fight On.

Posted by: GM Roper at September 21, 2006 9:42 AM

Well I know of the neuopathy of which you speak. Six weeks without chemo. That must seem like a wonderful vacation.

Thank you for your kind words.

Posted by: Ted at September 21, 2006 10:20 AM