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Posted 2018-02-21T21:22:19Z

Finally!

Julie was finally able to get her final chemotherapy treatment yesterday! We still have a ways to go, but that completes our first major milestone, and we're certainly happy about that. The plan is now for us to wait a month for her surgery. She needs that much time for her body to recover from the chemo treatments, and become strong enough for the operation. I need to get her to start eating more, to gain back some of the significant weight that she's lost since this started. She's skinny as a rail right now. Following her surgery, we'll have to wait a week or ten days for the complete pathology report to determine if any additional treatment will be required. That'll be a long wait for us. She's still fighting the shingles nerve damage pain issue. While she was hospitalized, we had a nerve block procedure done. It did help, but didn't completely resolve the problem. We're making another visit to the Pain Management team to see if there is still more that they can do for her. She still needs relief from the constant pain that we're trying to control with opioids. Have a great day![...]

Posted 2018-02-15T18:09:48Z

Hard Times

Julie continues to have a really rough time with this. Her post-shingles pain (postherpetic neuralgia) continues to be a bigger issue than her chemo side effects, giving her much pain, and continually delaying her chemo treatments. After our short trip home, we made a visit to a M.D. Anderson doctor. Because Julie had begun suffering side effects from the morphine that she was taking for the shingles pain, the doctor changed her to a different opioid. That drug turned out to be totally ineffective in controlling her pain, and within 24 hours I had her back in the emergency room. She had to be hospitalized until they could stabilize her, and find a pain med that would work. She was in the hospital for a week, and only released yesterday, Valentine's Day. Of course, this episode, once again, kept her from receiving her chemo treatment that was scheduled for last Friday. Her treatment is now scheduled for next Tuesday, the 20th. Today is her first day out of the hospital, so we will have to wait and see if (and hope that) the new pain med will hold her, without complications, until then. I will keep y'all posted. Have a great day![...]

Posted 2018-02-04T22:11:06Z

February 4 Update

(I erroneously titled my last post with the wrong date, Jan.10 instead of Jan 20. But this really is a Feb.4 update)

Julie has had a rough time since her last chemo treatment. I had to take her to the emergency room several times, and she's had to spend some time in the hospital. Her shingles have continued to kick her butt. The doctors have doubled her dosages of the medications she takes to help control the pain. But the good news is that she has stayed out of the hospital, and has felt well enough that we were able to come back home for a few days. This is the first time she has been in our own house in over a month, and she's really enjoyed it. We go back to Houston tomorrow. We have doctors' appointments during the week, and she is scheduled for her fourth, and last, chemo treatment on Friday. This will be her last treatment before surgery. Her treatments have been delayed several times in the past because of low blood counts, but we're hoping that her counts will be good enough this time for her to get her treatment. We'll just keep on keeping on...[...]