Monday, November 30, 2009

My Health

Today is Monday Sept 30th. my health has been pretty good the past few days and I have been able to keep up with the hustle and bustle of life but I feel it slipping. Lately my life has been so busy with trying to keep up at work, home, church, family, Cancer and time for me, that I feel like I am starting to go under water.

Some days I just want to scream and then I realize that no matter what I do, I still have to go on and get things done. Screaming only postpones the fact that I need to do things.

If I could take a stress test today, I am sure I would fail. I am sure I am off the charts. my only hope is that tomorrow is a new day and maybe I will somehow feel less stressed.

Friday, November 27, 2009

ThanksGiving Day

Yesterday was ThanksGiving and we as a family were happy to be able to go to my sister Deb's home for dinner. It was great to see all of my family and visit and eat. There is nothing like spending time with Family.

Today (Friday) we have the day off so we have been putting up our Christmas decorations and getting ready for that great holiday. As I sit and ponder the upcoming season I hope that we all take time to remember what it is really about. The birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Remember, life is a gift we have been given and what we do with it is our choice. Make the best of it.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

About the New Photo

We decided that we needed to do a photo of our family for Christmas cards so we went out and took a photo for it. It was so cold but we did it fast so we could get back in the warm truck.

You might notice that our daughter is holding "their" dog Roscoe, he is part of the family but I wanted to let everyone know that is her dog, not ours so there would be no confusion.

Also noted was the fact that my hair is closer to Roscoe's than the snow in the background. Yes, I am going grey. To be honest, the color of my hair is the least of my worries, so I don't mind. I figure it might all have to come off one day and then I will look younger again. (smile)

Monday, November 16, 2009

What A Day !!

Today was my Therasphere treatment which started arriving at the hospital at 6:30am for my appointment. After all the paper work and checking in and getting to my room they finally had me ready to go down to the Angio room and so I went. Wheeled down in my bed IV hooked up and all.
After getting down there, they let me sit and wait for a few minutes and then came and told me that my Radiation treatment was missing and they didn't know where it was, so back to my room I went. Sitting there waiting, my doctor came in after a while and was telling me how they couldn't find the stuff and in came the staff saying that they had it now and back down I went.

The treatment went fine and then they took me back to my room for recovery and I sat and talked with my wife and ate my lunch. It wasn't long before I was feeling ill and ended up vomiting my lunch. The nurse finally came in and gave me some prescriptions and discharged me and away we went. AT 3:00pm This was all for a procedure that lasts about 45 minutes. What a long day.

I am now home and very tired. But back to work I go. Tomorrow I am expected back.
So now we just wait a few weeks and then I get to go have my CT scan to see if any of the radiation is doing any good.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Last Scheduled Treatment for now

Tomorrow, (Monday) I am scheduled for my Therasphere treatment which is radiation in the form of the microscopic glass beads that are injected directly into my Liver. I have had two of these treatments before so I am familiar with them.

That will be the last scheduled treatment for now. After that, I will wait a few months and then have another CT scan and they will see if there are any more tumors that have shown growth. Treatments will start all over again at that point. I am afraid it is a never ending battle.

but for now, I will just push forward and deal with what I have to deal with.

Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers on my behalf. I do appreciate it.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Today's Treatment

Today I finished the last of the 15 treatments that I was scheduled for. It was kind of anti climactic. I just went in, did it and left.

Now I wait and see what they find in two or three months. Time will only tell what happens.

It does get frustrating living on this Roller Coaster that I am on. I guess when it comes right down to it, I will have to stay on this ride for the rest of my life so I better get used to it.


Friday, November 6, 2009

12 Treatments Down 3 to Go !!


I have been doing my radiation treatments now for almost 3 weeks and I have 3 to go. One monday, and then 2 on Tuesday. Once those are done, then I am scheduled to go in for another Therasphere radiation treatment on the 16th. That is the one where they put the microscopic glass beads in my Liver to kill the tumors there.

Once that is done, then I will start the Sandastaten shots and they will be one a month for as long as they are affective. The purpose of those is to stop the growth of the tumors that remain in me. They said it is pretty affective and will work for a while. I will continue to have CT scans most likely every two or three months to see if any new cancer tumors show up.

So there you have it, now you are up to date on my treatments and how I am doing.
Well, maybe not so much how I am doing but at least up to date on my treatments.

As for how I am doing, well Today is Friday and I am looking out the window towards the West and the sun is shining and the sky is blue. it is a beautiful day to be alive...