Monday, July 20, 2009

I'm Free For a Week!

Went to see Dr. Jahagirdar (Dr. "J", my oncologist) today and got labs done. The plan is to start the 5FU and radiation next Monday. My radiation therapist (Dr. Bisignani, or Dr. "B") is on vacation until Thursday, but Dr. J. will talk to him before next Monday and work out a plan for me. They might have me get injections of 5Fu instead of infusions (the pump). Apparently the pump is harder on the digestive system, and the injections are harder on the blood counts. I would get the injections for 5 days, then take a break. Dr. J. isn't too worried about my blood counts because I respond so quickly to the shots that raise them.
The pain meds are finally doing their job and controlling my pain. I have a long-acting med, and then a shorter-acting one for "break-through pain". Yes, I am taking it all! My bowels have settled down considerably, so the pain is much less (unless, of course, the doc is pressing on my tummy-ouch!).
Umm, I think that's all. I spent the afternoon paying bills and going thru mail--tomorrow it'll take me a few hours to get the checkbook in order! I'm glad I have a few moments to take care of these things. I'll have to run up (actually have Alyssa or someone drive me) to the library to get the next few books I need in the Mitford series, altho I can't read too long when I'm on pain meds--they make my eyes goofy--hard to focus.
I'm sure I've gotten some e-mails I haven't replied to--forgive me! Its hard to keep up when I've been "out of it" for so long (no comments!!)
Love you all!


  1. Hi Tina,

    Glad to hear the pain is a little better and that you are home from the hospital. Still continuing to pray and please let Alyssa know that I am praying for her, Jaren, and his unit.

  2. Wow, you have really been through it. I am glad that they have found the right combination of pain meds for you. Getting pain under control makes everything else a little more bearable.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers!