The oncology visit on Tuesday, October 22nd, went well – labs, office visit with Nidia, Xgeva shot and port flush. The schedule now will be monthly visits (a new welcome normal) to handle everything, which reduces our trips to El Paso. My labs still show a white blood count below normal, although the count did raise a few tenths of a point during last week when I had no Ibrance on days 22 -28. I guess “below normal” is going to now be the new normal on that score, too. As of today, I am on day six of Ibrance cycle 3 and truly do feel good. Now that it is cold and flu season, I will need to be continually cautious of people around me, especially since it is recommended that I not get the flu shot because of my low WBC count.
Following Tuesday’s oncology appointment, I met with Dr. Raul Lopez, MD,my pain management doctor (recommended by Nidia and also in El Paso), and now have an appointment on Tuesday, November 5, for a level-one steroid shot in my left hip, which should help alleviate pain caused by the cancer in the bone there. Fingers crossed.
PT has gone well since September, and I will conclude with two more sessions this coming week. Balance issues have been addressed and improvement shown. I will need to be cognizant of lessons learned and continue to do the home exercises. My records will remain open should I choose to return to the center later. Jim is a very observant coach at home.
Jim and friends say they see improvement in the Bell’s Palsy. Wow! It is a long slow process. The most annoying factor is still the tearing of the right eye, so I do keep it taped shut most of the afternoon until bedtime. Talk about another new normal for a while!