Well today was another chemo session, which was uneventful (a good thing!). Prior to my chemo session I met with Dr. P. My blood work continues to amaze, platelet count, white blood cells, kidney and liver function all normal…..ho hum 😆. I actually don’t this take it for granted, I do feel blessed. My immune system and tumor infused liver continue to amaze me. My CEA (cancer marker) was a tad elevated at 3.9. A month ago it was 3.4, two months ago it was 3.5, three months ago it was 3.1, four months ago it was 4.2. Jimmy no likey that it’s back near where it was four months ago. But Dr. P is not worried at all, it is still near normal and seems as though these fluctuations are normal for me. Next week I have a PET-CT scan which will be much more informative as to what those bastard cancer tumors are up to. You may recall that last PET scan in January showed that my lung tumors were either dead or sleeping, no activity. However there was one liver tumor that showed some mild activity. So hopefully the last two months of chemo will have snuffed out the little bugger. If so Dr. P will put me on a maintenance treatment which is much less invasive with fewer side effects and will allow my body to recover from 20 chemo infusions. However if that tumor (or others) are active we will look at options of physically eliminating them through surgery or one of several other different procedures. So it’s just wait and see for me.
In the meantime we will continue to have fun, fun, fun till my daddy takes my t-bird away! Last week we spent five days at a beach house with our friends, Patti and Mo, on the shore line at Kino Bay, the eastern side of the Sea of Cortez. The house sits only about 30 feet from the water, the sight and sound of the sea was extremely relaxing and peaceful. Beautiful sunsets every night signaled the start of happy hour, tough duty. One evening we went hear a Mexican blue grass band at a restaurant. They were great until their amps blew out the power for the restaurant. After several attempts to regain power they gave up and moved into the audience and did a short acoustic set. We finished our meal in the dark, we had a great time.
No sooner did we return and the WineTasters group summoned us for a Malbec and Chenin Blanc tasting.
I was able to finish one painting since my last posting. Please meet Martini. She is a mature “Cheese Head” Jack Russell Terrior from Madison, WI. She is said to be a little cranky. I understand, after the Packers last game….what Packer fan wouldn’t be cranky!