medical update

So far I have been through two rounds (1st one 6 weeks, 2nd one 4 weeks with a 4 week break in between) of wonderful radiation. I had an appointment this afternoon to see my doctor. When arriving, I went to check in on the self-check in system when it happened. I started feeling really lightheaded, sweating profusely, and then down I went. I fainted. When I came to, I threw up on the nurse. The nurse said I froze up and had a seizure.

Still feeling really weak, I went on about my appointment.

“I have good news”, my doctor said.

After a bit more of a wait, he finally sat down.

“Everything is reacting very well to the radiation. The mets have stopped completely and have not progressed in the four months. The mass on your kidney, ovary and breast have shrunk remarkably in size. Your blood work came back in the negative range for all the tumor markers.”

Of course I am smiling big even though I feel like I am going to throw up.

“However, we are not out of the woods just yet. I want you to get a round of external radiation therapy. I feel that it won’t hurt any”

He explained to me that it was basically a big giant laser gun to the spots where I have cancer.

“I want you to come back Tuesday to get blood draw and imaging to see the spots and how they react. If it reacts like I think it will react, then you won’t have t come back for six-months. However, it doesn’t then at least one more round of radiation.”

So in the meanwhile, I am on driver’s restriction where I cannot drive because I had a fainting spell and of course the seizure. Considering I have had other complications since I have received the injury (TBI), he is concerned about that. So not only was I told I cannot drive until further notice, I have to be on strict bed rest and if I have another episode, I am to go straight to the ER.

So good news and so-so news.

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