Good afternoon dear reader. And by good afternoon, i mean GOOOOOOOOOOD AFTERNOOOOON!!!!!! As the title of this entry states, I am so happy I could cry. I’m sure your interest is piqued, so I guess I will share my joy.
Today, Dianne had her appointment with her Oncologist, along with getting blood work done. The blood work went really well, and her counts came back to 100% again. This means that the 3rd chemo treatment is a go!! I’m not sure if we’re supposed to be excited about chemo, but we are. It would really be disheartening if a treatment had to be delayed because of low blood counts. Thus, we are pumped!!
Is that the reason I’m so happy? It is a contributing factor, but not the full reason. The real reason is this: the Oncologist confirmed today what I have been suspicious of all along: my wife is crazy!! LOL, you read that right…the good Dr. stated today that Dianne is nuts. Ha, I love being right. (I’m glad Dianne isn’t watching me type this…it would be the frying pan treatment again).
But, this begs the question: Why is Dianne crazy? (Besides the obvious reasons of hanging around with me for the last 15 years or so). Well, Dr. Joy thinks Dianne is loopy because she doesn’t use the anti-nausea meds. He has never had a patient that can go through 2 rounds of chemo and approach the 3rd with out them!! He says she is a throw-back to the 1930’s. (Does that make her much older than me, or just much tougher? I’ll go with tougher. She’s a tough old bird.) Suspicion confirmed….I’m right, she’s crazy. LMAO. (I’m going to walk into the house tonight very very carefully)
But even this, dear reader, is not the complete reason for my happiness. Yes, it is awesome that her blood counts are back. Yes, it is awesome that she is handling the chemo so well (without anti-nausea meds!!). But there is more. Wait for it…..here it comes…..ready?
THE TUMORS ARE SHRINKING!! THE TUMORS ARE SHRINKING!!!!
That’s right, dear reader. The tumors really are shrinking!! They have gone from 8 1/2 x 6 all the way down to 5 x 5 (all measurements in CM). And not only are they shrinking, but they are also breaking up!!! Yes, there are now 4 small tumors instead of 1 big one (and by 1 big one, I mean that the original 2 tumors melded into 1). This is also fantastic news!!!
THE CHEMO IS WORKING!! THE CHEMO IS WORKING!!!
So far, it is very apparent that the chemotherapy is doing it’s job!! Getting news like this is very uplifting. It makes the hardships of chemo well worth it!! The twofold purpose of the chemo was to try shrink the tumour(s) and to see what effect the drugs would have on this particular cancer. Well, I’d say that so far, both purposes are being fulfilled. We are so very thankful that this could be the case. Truly, God is guiding this, and He is awesome and good!!!
So, now there is one thing that has to happen. The good doctor gave Dianne a different anti-nausea medication to try. The reason? She has to be able to handle the anti-nausea meds in order to receive the last 4 rounds of chemo (she will be on a different type of chemo for these last 4 rounds). She is going to try the meds tonight in order to determine if it is the meds making her sick or the chemo. And since she has not had round 3 yet, tonight is the perfect time to try them. My only stipulation is that she doesn’t take them until I am home from work. If this med is going to knock her sideways, I want to be there. If she can’t handle this anti-nausea med, the doctor is going to have to come up with a Plan B.
And as a side note, the ultrasound she had a few weeks ago returned confirmation that the cancer has not spread to a couple of suspicious areas!! Again, this is fantastic news!!
And this, dear reader, is the reason I am so happy I could cry. We have all been praying mightily for positive results, and today’s news is what I believe to be the answer to our prayers. Obviously, Dianne still has a long hard road ahead of her. But up to this point, things are moving along nicely. Our family thanks you all for your prayers, positive thoughts and every other support you have given us.
The worst part of today? The yogurt in my lunch was mouldy. That makes me angry.
Have a wonderful afternoon, dear reader. I know I will.