O.K. I can’t say that I’m having that bad of a week. Yes, the results weren’t all that great. They weren’t really all that bad either. Dr. Duane basically said the chemo is working. At the bottom of the PET scan, the radiologist basically said the same thing. Today I went in for chemo and it was decided that my body couldn’t handle it. My spleen is enlarged, my platelets(now 40 on goal of 100) continue to drop and my bilirubin (now 1.8 on a goal of 1.0) continues to go up. The doc decided that a one week break was needed to try and turn everything around. So next Wed. we will try again. The spleen is enlarged because my liver is not processing everything efficiently, so the liver is basically backing up stuff into the spleen. When the spleen is enlarged, it eats up platelets. See a domino effect happening here? All that being said I am feeling pretty good and looking even better. At least that is what I tell Karen as she rolls her eyes. But I am serious…. 🙂
Lessons learned this week:
1. Chemo is devastating, radiation is devastating, and surgeries are tough to recover from. Yes I already knew all this but today was just a reminder for Dave (my brother) and I. My liver has done its best to process 30 rounds of chemo, undergone a 70% resection and re-growth and some tough radiation. After all that I expect it to function normally-yeah not a chance. I need some Divine influence to make that happen. I am tough, resilient(full of Sisu) but its not going to be by my power to make that happen. That’s why we pray.
2. Never pass up a really good steak, even if you are trying to eat healthy and not eat red meat. One meal isn’t going to make a difference.
3. Don’t live your life by your scans or what the doctors say. Yeah I already know. At this point I am believing I can live without a liver or a spleen. Maybe I am just living in the grace of the holy spirit, if that’s the case don’t wake me up.
Let’s Roll! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let%27s_roll