I’m Done With Chemo
Sorry for the delay in updating you on the ADVENTURES OF CANCER MAN! Last week we delayed my final chemotherapy treatment from Tuesday to Friday because there was some concern for my lungs being negatively effected by the chemo. My lung tests did show a decreased ability to absorb some important chemical element, called oxygen. Our baseline tests at the beginning of my chemo regimen showed a result of 135% of average. My test last week showed 106%. While I’m still demonstrating super-human breathing abilities, the decrease in numbers was enough of a concern to skip the final treatment (I actually skipped the final two “small” treatments, as my breathing was much worse two weeks ago).
My lungs are much better now. I’m beginning to feel normal again, especially as my fatigue begins to subside. I’m still easily exhausted, and have headaches here and there, but overall, I’m feeling pretty awesome. We even made a short trip to the river with one of our canoes, it was Lily’s first canoe trip!
Cancer Institute in Seattle
One week from today, I’ll be drinking my chemical smoothie preparing for the long awaited CT scan. Then the following week we head to Seattle, where unfortunately we’ll have to wait until Wednesday for the results of the scan. BUT, then we’ll know. I’m sure there are lots of possible scenarios, but in our mind its: (1) Surgery, (2) No Surgery. And honestly, I’m to the point now where I’d rather just have the surgery and be done with cancer.
With my initial round of cancer, we decided to just go with surveillence instead of chemo and surgery, as about 85-90% (or some other number I don’t remember) of people end of being cured with just the orchiectomy if caught early enough. In “the old days” they typically did both surgery and chemo just to make sure the cancer was dead dead dead. But for a large number of men, they just aren’t needed. I’m just “special” enough to be outside the normal window.
So, we’re thankful to have a team awaiting us in Seattle, as well as our Oncologist here in town.
It really does feel amazing to do normal things. Laying in bed for 9 weeks isn’t super awesome, so just being able to go outside and play with the family, drive my car, put furniture together, go to the pool, and get back to work has been great. My chemo brain is fading slowly, reading large chunks of text stills fatigues my mind and makes my eyeballs dizzy.
I’m adjusting nicely to having no hair, although a surprising number of people have asked us where Lily gets her curly hair from and responding with “the bald guy” is always fun. My eyebrows are at about 40%, but they are still fading. I had quite the layer of peach fuzz on my face in places where my beard didn’t grow before, so here’s hoping for a crazy mountain man beard when it comes back in. All my other hair is growing back in slowly, but most of it is super thing and falls out easily. (If that’s to much information… just be glad there aren’t any pictures!)