Thursday, June 24, 2010

Treatment Tuesday #3 and Small Miracles

Hello to all friends and family.  Do you all remember the famous game of Pac-Man?  Ohhh my gosh I think it was my favorite game at the arcade.  Yes all you young readers that never have to go to the arcade because you all have a PSP, Playstation, Xbox and now the Wii.  Well back in my day you had to go to the arcade.  Anyway, I was thinking about Pac-Man today and it reminds me of going through all of this treatment.  Pac-Man is the chemo and the little dots is the cancer.  So the plan is for Pac-Man to eat every single dot.  Yikes don't ask me where that random thought came from. 
Well here we are again. It seems like we just did this. Funny how time flies when you have treatments every other week. Well if you are wondering if Fred has even moved from last time the answer is no not really. He likes a certain spot at the center so I guess you will see the same surroundings each time. During the treatment this time he took a good one hour nap.  I didn't take any photos during the nap because I didn't want to risk waking him up.  Sleep is something we value very much. When he woke up he said he felt as if he had slept for 3-4 hours.  AHHHHH don't you love that feeling.

During the treatment we met with Dr. Whisenant.  We had a very nice little chat and Dr Whisenant thinks that things are going really well.  One thing I noticed during treatment is Fred turns a little yellow for about a day.  No worries because that is pretty normal and he pinks back up around day three.  I guess that's what happens when chemicals (Pac-Man of which have you noticed is yellow) are taking over.
Well my job during treatment is to keep him eating and well hydrated.  I did a much better job this time because he didn't lose any weight.  Good thing because when he loses it I find it.  Hahah.  No he doesn't turn yellow because of the bananas.  I feed him all colors of the rainbow.
Now for the small miracle.  Yes I have learned to look for the small little miracles and blessings we receive each and every day.  We do blood work before each treatment.  All of Fred's blood work has come back within normal range.  So that means he body is doing a great job replenishing.  We also did a CEA level.  A CEA is a blood test.  CEA (carcinoembryonic antigen) is a protein molecule that is released in the blood from the tumors.  So before we started treatment the CEA level was 393.  After two treatments the CEA level was 202.  YIPPPEEEE that's great news today because that means the chemo treatments are working. 

Ohh goodness I am so happy right now I think I need to go find a Pac-Man game to play.  Thanks for stopping by and we want to thank all of you for your prayers, thoughts, friendship and the many acts of kindness.  There have been so many acts of kindness I don't dare list them but just know we have appreciated everything.  I truly believe that your prayers are helping more than anything so keep up the great work.  You are the best and we love you all.


Nicole Norris said...

Oh I am so glad that the blood work and that other test came back with positive news!! I love the pac man analogy. Like I told my young women at girls camp- Courage, Determination and a side of Faith. Thanks for keeping us posted!

Sandra said...

Praying for your husband and your family!!! God Bless you!

Rudy Rukus said...

Glad things are going well. I am thinking of you often and keeping you in my prayers even if I don't tell you! I will get your stuff back to you at some point! Geez! Talk son.


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