Well, today finds me not so happily ensconced in Research Medical Center here in Kansas City. I have been here since Monday – every day is a surprise. When I went in for my chemo I was dehydrated (despite the fact that I feel like I drink enough to keep an entire school of fish afloat) and my blood sugar totally out of whack. So I am in here learning about insulin and receiving a fluid drip along with my chemo drip. I hope to get “sprung” this afternoon. I am feeling pretty well and looking forward to attending the sewing group I have been teaching for six years over the next week. I have missed my “Bernina ladies!’) Hoping for no more medical surprises in the next little while that will interfere with that. We have family coming and going for the holidays – it should be a lot of fun and I hope I am able to have enough energy to enjoy it. We are (of course!) simplifying a great deal from the massive ordeal that a holiday dinner at our home usually is – even buying a pre-cooked turkey (I usually brine my own.) Once again, thanks to everyone for cards, thoughts, prayers, etc. This is not something I would have chosen but it has taught me how very blessed I am in family and friendships. I may add an addendum to this later today – still waiting for the results of the CA19-9 tests which are the “cancer numbers” and tell if they’re going up, down or staying the same. My weight has finally stabilized – so I hope to be able to maintain that or even gain back five pounds or so to give me some leeway. I think a lot of that weight loss had to do with the dehydration. We are still enjoying lovely autumn weather here. And I am still behind on my emails! Just know I appreciate your comments so much and will get back to you eventually!
The doctor walked in just as I published this. The CA 19-9 has not decreased – slight increase. But everything else is looking good. They may change therapy again around Thanksgiving if is stays the same. He says for right now things are going well. I would, of course, have preferred the decrease but I feel good mostly – can’t ask for much more.