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Posted 2019-11-23T18:28:00Z

Cycle 4 is Underway

This past Tuesday, November 19, included two doctor appointments.  The first one at Texas Oncology answered several questions, the main one of which was, “are all the counts shown in the blood tests going in a good or predictable direction”.  The answer was “yes”.  Although white cell and red cell counts are below normal, they are as expected with Ibrance treatment.  Actually, a few rose a tenth of a point or so.  The really good news was that the liver enzymes are now in the normal range.  Yay!

This appointment also included a discussion with Nidia and Dr. Herrada about the possibility of spot radiation to address pain in the left hip.  The feeling is that this would be a last resort if pain management treatment (topicals and nabumetone) ceases to help.  Radiation stops healthy marrow in the area from growing, and I need all the white and red blood cells I can get.  Next, I got my end-of-cycle Xgeva shot and had the port flushed.

After this visit, we headed over to the West Texas Pain Management Center for a follow up on the hip shot earlier this month.  This time, instead of  Dr. Lopez, I met with the Physician Assistant, Claudia Martinez.  Like Nidia, she is personal, professional and knowledgeable.  We were impressed.  She reviewed the data from my shot and understood that it had not had the lasting effect as hoped.  So, I now have a shot scheduled next month in the back.  We have to see which medication works and in which area to provide hip relief. She also pulled up Xrays I had done after seeing my family doctor, Dr. Pai.  She had ordered these just before the trip to Cape Cod when I went to her for upper back/shoulder pain. They showed seven broken ribs (six are slowly healing and the lowest one is totally separated)!  At least an answer to the cause of that pain problem is now clear. 

…and life goes on.  Overall, believe it or not, I’m feeling quite good!  Newly posted pictures show a successful trip to Cape Cod earlier this month.

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Comments (12)

  • Russ Elgin
    Russ Elgin

    Wow, 7 broken ribs. No wonder you were having some back and shoulder pain. You are tough!! Whenever I have had 1, I don't like it. Wishing you and Jim a great Thanksgiving.

    4 months ago · Reply
    • Marianne Foreman
      Marianne Foreman

      Be careful, too, in your healing process as you drive to Arizona for Thanksgiving. Enjoy your sister's company. Happy Thanksgiving.🍗🍗

      4 months ago · Reply
  • George Ann Wilson
    George Ann Wilson

    I'm so glad, with everything going on , that you had some time in Cape Cod. Hmm I believe there's a song similar to that...in old Cape Cod. ;) Love ya!

    4 months ago · Reply
    • Marianne Foreman
      Marianne Foreman

      Yes, the song -- maybe Doris Day or a voice similar. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday cruise.

      4 months ago · Reply
  • Susanne Downes
    Susanne Downes

    You never cease to amaze me! 7 broken ribs and still you traveled and saw sights! Putting on a seat belt must hurt! Love your positive attitude through all of this. I ❤️ You!!

    4 months ago · Reply
    • Marianne Foreman
      Marianne Foreman

      I 😍you, too.

      4 months ago · Reply
  • Tomma parco
    Tomma parco

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

    4 months ago · Reply
  • Marianne Foreman
    Marianne Foreman

    Tomma. safe travels home and enjoy a lovely Thanksgiving, too.

    4 months ago · Reply
  • Rosie Kelly
    Rosie Kelly

    It was wonderful being together with you and JIM and SUSI and all the cousins. You are a super trooper, for sure, Marianne. Bill definitely was happy to have Jim there! Love you soooooo much.

    4 months ago · Reply
  • Marianne Foreman
    Marianne Foreman

    Lots of good memories for all of us!

    4 months ago · Reply
  • Darlene Hazeltine Burns
    Darlene Hazeltine Burns

    Just catching up on your posts. I've spent the last week at the home of my older sister to care for her after she had some laparoscopic knee surgery. Glad things are moving in the right direction. Goodness! How did you get 7 broken ribs???

    4 months ago · Reply
  • Marianne Foreman
    Marianne Foreman

    I can account for one rib breaking, the other 6 are conjecture -- maybe when I fell on my back in the yard this summer when my balance was shaky. These are slowly healing, The lower rib may never heal as it is really quite separated. I hope your sister is doing well. Happy Thanksgiving! We will be with neighbors tomorrow.

    4 months ago · Reply