Last Tuesday I was awake for 2 hours in the middle of the night. I got this sudden thought or Word in my head that chemo wasn’t going to happen this time. The next day I told my wife, Jeannie (my friend at work) and later Jill(my sister-in-law) that chemo. wasn’t going to happen this week. I told them something was going to happen-that either my blood work wasn’t going to be good or someone or something was going to intercede with me having chemo. this time. And that is what happened!
My Dad drove me to chemo like normal today. On my way there I told him too that I didn’t think it was going to happen. Dr. Duane (my Oncologist) came in and we started reviewing how my last round went. He generally goes over all the main issues that happen to me(bleeding/bowel issues/mouth and throat sores/fatigue/nausea). Step by step as we went through them he learned that all of the side effects were stronger and getting worse. That being said, I told him that I still worked 45 hours last week, taught Sunday school and still took part in all my family activities etc… We then got the blood work back and one number came back lower-the white blood cell count. That number has been steadily dropping, it was at 2.9. That in and by itself would not hold back chemo, but it was borderline. My platelets actually rebounded. A third determining factor for him(which we already knew) was that my surgeon was going to be out of town for my next scan on Jan. 25th. So the plan was that his associate would review the results and make the big decision if we move to surgery or if we stick with chemo. Dr. Duane said, “Chris I know how strong and determined you are, but I don’t think that we should do chemo today.” “I think we should move up the scans and not do another round.”
So we are doing scans this Friday-send your good thoughts and prayers my way for Friday. Specifically what we are looking for: no spread of the cancer, no new growths and that the largest tumor is reduced greater than 50% or of course that it is completely gone. I am not sure how quickly I will learn the results.
Now I am just loving life away from chemo! It has been a tough 4 months of non-stop rounds. Sarah and Pete were nice enough to again come down tonight and take care of the guys so we went out to eat and even Mall walked-a little I still have no strength or stamina.
Thank you for your faithful prayers and thoughts. We really appreciate them and need them. By the way, listen when you get Word from up above.
Loving Life in Lakeville,