I saw my doctor (PCP) on Tuesday and he started me on a new medication for my ears. Yesterday I felt a little better, but the pain came back last night and was also in my right ear, more than it had been so far. This is day two of the new medication so hopefully it will take effect today or tomorrow, so that I can get some relief. Because of the ear pain, and my cute granddaughter Ava staying the night and sleeping in our bed with us, I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night.
I also saw my oncologist on Tuesday and discussed the side effects that I am dealing with from the chemo. He initially talked about reducing or cutting out the Oxaliplatin, which is one of the two chemo drugs in FOLFOX, but I quickly suggested that we try it for at least one more treatment. I can certainly deal with the neuropathy that it causes if it will help kick this cancer’s butt!
The doctor also said that he only wants to do two more chemo treatments before sending me for a new PET scan. That is awesome because he originally wanted to do at least six treatments, and has reduced it to just four, before the new scan! I am waiting for scheduling to call me with the date, which should be in or around the second week in January.
While there, we also moved my chemo days from Monday to Tuesday, so that Tina doesn’t have to keep switching her Sundays at work to join me at chemo. Having her there with me helps me tremendously and makes it a lot easier for me to bear; I think I would be really bummed out if I had to go alone! Tina has been my rock through all of this and I am blessed to have such a loving, caring, and devoted wife!
Lastly, we scheduled my next appointment with Dr. Phinney at the Toledo Clinic Cancer Centers for January 20th. I am both excited and worried about this, for obvious reasons, and one other reason. Obviously I don’t want to hear that the cancer isn’t reacting to the chemo, or is spreading/growing. Also, January 20th is my beautiful bride’s birthday and I don’t want any potential bad news to wreck the day that is supposed to be all about her.
But I promised her and myself that I wouldn’t let myself get too ahead in the game, and try not to worry about what may or may not happen at that appointment. I am trying really hard to remain focused and keep my head in the fight. I am so grateful that I have the relationship with God that I do, so that I can turn this kind of stuff over to Him and His will! I may have to turn it over to Him multiple times a day sometimes, but I still can and will continue to do just that.