Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Chemo Round #11

I am back for another round to Caringbridge.  I have just started my 11th treatment today and only have one more go to.  I can see the end in sight but it will still feel like forever to me.  I wasn't able to get the oxaliplatin last week or again today b/c there is still some numbness in my toes and fingers.  It makes the treatments just a little easier to bare. At least I don't have the sensitivity to cold so I don't have to drink lukewarm everything. The doctors said that if I was to miss one drug that would be the one to miss.  I will feel better this week and I will get over this treatment a little faster than normal just because I don't have that drug in me. 

Baseball has ended for my team but will get started back before it know it in the fall.  I am going to help out there as much as I can b/c I have already made my plans for the USC games.  I can't beleive that college football is about to start again.  It might be my favorite time of the year. 

I will finish with all of my treatments Aug. 13th, turn 28 (yes I'm almost 30, Jenny reminds me all the time) on the 14th and then I will have to have another Colonoscopy on Aug. 30.  Sometime in the next two months I should also have my port taken out. They've said it will be an office procedure where they just numb it up and pull it out but thats not going to work for me. I need something so I won't remember anything. So, it really is getting closer to the end. 

Our little neice is getting so big and is so cute and it wish that I could paste a picture into this just so everone could see.

I hope that everyone is doing well and thanks again for all of the thoughts and prayers. Please keep one of Jenny's co-workers in your prayers as well.  She is about my age and has breast cancer and has just started radiation. We should finish up everything at the same time and the four of us plan to have a nice dinner out to celebrate after everything is over.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Chemo Round #10

  I havent updated this page like I want to or as frequently as I should so I am sorry about that.  I am gearing up for my 10th treatment tomorrow morning and after that I will only have 2 treatments left.  It seems like time has flown by these past 5 months and that is something that I am not going to complain about, but I feel like this next month will take forever but I'm sure I'll look back and realize it went by just as fast. 

  We got my CEA test results back and they went from a 3.4 to a 3.6, not exactly the way we want them to go but there are a couple of factors that could've influenced that test result including that I had a skin infection which can also make that number spike up. Dr. Edenfield was pretty nonchalant about it so we aren't too worried and hopefully the next test will show a nice dip down.

   I was down in Charleston this past weekend for a baseball tournament where we went 4-0.  I tried to pass it off to Jenny as a birthday trip but she didn't buy it. Regardless, it was good to just get out of Greenville and head to the beach even if it was only for a couple of days and I didnt get to make it to the actual beach.  We stayed at Ms. Pittman's place and it was amazing.  She has done a wonderful job with some of her renovations inside the house. Another guy who coaches me stayed with us with his wife and 22 month old daughter who is so cute. I can't wait for our niece Lillian to start developing a personality like that. Our friends Josh and John also came down with us and we had a great dinner and went out with them Saturday night. We also met up with my friend Sheena at a pretty cool place in downtown Charleston.

  It was back to work on Monday where things are starting to really pick up in the Commercial Real Estate business.  We are seeing things start to turn in the right direction.  Last night we went out for Jenny's birthday dinner and along with my parents, her parents, my brother, her grandmother, her grandfather got to come along and looked pretty good. He's getting the same bruises on his arms that I had back after surgery from them testing his blood so much but he seems to be doing much better. He's definitely getting out of the house a lot with how much they are switching up his medicine. We're all glad he is starting to feel back to normal again, I knew he was a tough old guy.

Tonight Jenny and I went to the visitation for Ben Thwaites, who was the sister of one of my friends from high school.  What I am going through is tough, but I can't imagine going through something like that.  It was good to get to see some of my friends that I haven't seen in a while, but I wish the reason was much better.  So please say a prayer for Whitney and the rest of her family as they go through this tough time.  After we left the visitation we went out to dinner with Amanda and Drew.  It was good to see them again and be able to catch up.

    Again I want to thank everyone for their prayers and thoughts, and please don't forget to keepy Whitney and her family in your prayers as well.