There was a slight delay in starting my third round of Lonsurf, thank you insurance company. But only a two-day delay, so no biggie. The plan was to give me three shots of Zarxio to boost my white blood cell neutrophils, a shot each morning for three consecutive days. But after just one shot my neutrophils jumped from a low of 0.3 to a normal 4.8. In other words from Grade IV “OMG, lets get the hospital ready” neutropenia to no neutropenia. They gave me a second shot, just for the chuckles, and I began my third round of Lonsurf.
After a week of chemo, my neutrophil level dropped to 1.4 which is Grade II neutropenia. I am guessing that after another week of chemo they will drop to Grade III or IV. Hopefully that will correlate to evidence of tumor reduction. Unfortunately my CEA cancer marker has shown no indication of reduced tumor activity and has been basically the same for the past two months. In two weeks I will have a CT scan and consultation with Dr. P. We are hoping that now that I have been experiencing neutropenia, the Lonsurf has done some work in shrinking the tumors.
Other than the medical stuff, things are going grand at Casa de Asbell. Pot lucks, Happy Hour get togethers, dinner with friends, monsoon watching and artsy fartsy painting stuff are keeping us enjoyably busy. We barely have time to fit in those doctor appointments.
We had a nice visit from my old friends from Portland, Otto and Marie Papasadero. Marie, I’m not implying that you are old, but Otto…..well. You can never have too many Italians around, so we invited our favorite local Italian family (the Giannasi’s) to join us for an Italian feast. And a feast it was complete with Giannasi “old world” lasagna, a Brunello, a Barbaresco and a Super Tuscan. I was told I was speaking fluent Italian by the end of the evening.
Last night we picked up Lee’s mom, Marian, from the airport for a nice visit. Hopefully we will have some nice monsoon action with lightning and thunder for her enjoyment!
Below are my latest pet portraits for you perusal.