Monthly Archives: February 2010

It finally happened!

I got sick-the routine kind this time.  I hadn’t caught a Cold or come down with the Flu in almost 2 years.  My family has been sick numerous times over that period, but somehow God must have thought that I had enough on my plate-Until now.  I attended my nephew Zane’s birthday party last Saturday and got exposed to a nasty virus.  Since that party, my Mom, Dad, Jill’s Dad and I have all gotten sick.  My nephews were feeling pretty well that day and only coughed a little bit.  Since then they have all had big issues including all 3 of them being diagnosed with RSV.  The big surprise was that Brenden and Jaxson didn’t catch anything.  Karen missed the party as she was at a photo shoot.  That was lucky for us as she has done her wonderful job of picking up the slack as I have been knocked down again.  I had/have a fever, sore throat and cough-but am starting to bounce back.  I just feel  blessed that I came down with it while on my chemo break, after all my scans and in-between radiation appointments.

Speaking of radiation…I get radioactive the first week of March.  The hospital called and scheduled my radiation appointment for March 3rd.  (Cancer cells look out there is a new enemy approaching!)

Overall I am feeling relatively normal.  I have gained more and more hair and about 6 lb.’s of weight since being off of chemo.  I am almost healed from last weeks pre-radiation procedure.

For those of you wanting to attend the Pray for the Cure meeting, it is next Monday night at 7 p.m.

I hope all of you are well-better than me at least!  Thank you for all your comments, thought and prayers.  Karen, I and they guys really appreciate them.

Chris

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Another Step Toward Radiation

My Hepatic Angiogram was a success.  The procedure is similar to someone who is having heart trouble.  They go in through the femoral artery in your hip and up into your organs.  For heart problems, they are opening arteries with stints.  In my case they were closing off arteries with coils.   Besides closing off arteries, they measured the amount of blood that goes from my liver to my lungs.  If the amount of blood is 20% or greater, then they can’t do the radiation treatment-mine measured 11%.  I was again blessed with another impressive doctor-Dr. Inampudi.  Dr. I, as they affectionately called him, permanently closed off 6 arteries that were leading from the liver to other organs.  He explained that my lungs and stomach area can receive their blood from other areas.   Through both procedures I am/was awake but only semi- conscious.  I actually got to view what Dr. I viewed of my insides.  I got to see all the coils in place and all my staples from my liver surgery-pretty cool to see.  My platelets are still very low from all the chemo I have taken in.  One doctor said if they were any lower, they couldn’t have done the procedure.  In fact after the procedure they needed to put 20 minutes of constant pressure on the wound to stop it from bleeding.  It seems like this attack on cancer is moving slower than chemo and my surgeries, but it looks like my body wouldn’t have let us move any faster.  Now that all of the arteries are closed off, I can now heal up and get prepared for the radiation.  I don’t have the official date yet for the treatment, but it sounds like it will be the first week of March.   I am feeling good, just moving a little slower right now.  I did shower, drive and went to work today-all things the doctor told me not do.  Overall I have been feeling pretty good, gaining back weight and have even managed to grow some hair again(see below).

Happy Valentines Day to everyone and Happy Birthday to Aunt Val and to nephew Zane who were both born on Valentine’s Day.

Chris

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Breaking Cabin Fever

We took the kids to an indoor water park this weekend to break up that cabin fever.  I am feeling pretty well, so we took turns chasing Jaxson around.  Both the kids had a good time.  Jaxson’s favorite, of course, was the wild 3 story ride through a tunnel system on a tube.  I went with him once, Karen got stuck going on it about 20 times.  I opted to spend most of my time with Brenden on the calmer activities of the water park.  All in all we had a great time, and more importantly a safe adventure.

This week I have my angiogram on Thursday.  Thank you in advance for your thoughts and prayers for it.  Hopefully it will be a walk in the park.

Lisa:  I posted another picture of me in the hat you made for me-thanks again!

One other  note…I got an email from the local colon cancer foundation.  WCCO may be doing a story on my battle with cancer to help raise awareness for colonoscopies.  March is colon cancer awareness month.  Who knew that I would “back in” to my first appearance on television?  Feel free to add your jokes.  I am sure you can do better than mine.

Be blessed,

Chris

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Doing well

Overall I am doing very well and getting stronger and healthier each day.  My “cold” last week turned out to be a chemo mouth sore outbreak.  At least that is what I am going with.  I had a scratchy/sore throat for a few days before actually opening my mouth and checking it out.  What I found was 3-4 bright red spots across the roof of my mouth-very painful.  The pain from them was enough to wake me up and keep me up at night.  Luckily for me I have a medicine cabinet full of drugs.  I chose Vicodin to help me sleep for 3-4 nights and that worked great.  I did have my throat checked out by a couple throat experts(my mother-in-law) and a nurse practitioner.  They both thought that it could have been strep, but the tests proved to be negative.  Eventually the mouth sores went away.  We looked it up on-line and found that chemo patients can still get mouth sores up weeks after their last treatment.  So I still don’t think I have gotten a cold-the streak continues.

I did have yet another scan last week.  I got a call from the Radiology dept telling me to come in for yet another scan(4th in 3 weeks).  The scan went smooth and it was just in preparation for my Angiogram which is next Thursday-the 11th.

This week has been my first week this year without some sort of scan/appointment going on-and I am loving it.  Brenden has taken my place on the medical report as he has the flu.  He seems to be handling it pretty well.  Hopefully none of the rest of us catches it.

I will post more next week.  For those of you curious about Pray for the Cure-the next meeting is Feb. 15th from 7-9 p.m.

Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.  We are doing well and enjoying our “healthy” time right now.

Chris

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