In Honor of My Husband, Ron

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Chemo to start...

This Monday was Ron's outpatient surgery to get his PORT for chemo. It turned out to be more involved than that. The "cyst" on his behind turned out to be a "fistula in ano", which is a little more serious than a cyst. I am not going to go into great detail, if you want to know more you can look it up. I don't want this to get too graphic. The surgeon opened and drained the area, so he came home with more wounds than we thought he would. The poor guy just can't seem to catch a break. It should resolve itself without too much more intervention. The only worry is that once Ron starts chemo, he will me immuno-compromised, and open to any infections, so that could play a part.
Tuesday was supposed to be his PET scan at Burlington but the machine was not working, so they made us an appointment bright and early Thursday morning at a different hospital. After his PET scan, we came home so he could "eat", and then went to our chemo training appointment. It turned out that he will not be wearing a pack at home at all. He will be starting Erbitux next Thursday, the 23rd. It will then be a weekly process, just until...
It depends on his reaction (or lack of) to the chemo. The MO may also add Cisplatin to the Erbitux. That will depend on the reading of the PET scan from today. The MO is gone for this week, so I'm sure we won't hear anything about the PET results until next week.
On another note, I was surprised this week to find out that our sweet little niece is planning a fundraiser for Ron over Memorial Day weekend at Piggly Wiggly in Lake Geneva. There will be a brat wagon set up for three days, so if you live close by, come out and eat a brat for Ron!
There is not much more to report on his health. He is just very worn out, but he can't sleep for very long at a time, so he is up and down all day and night. I still don't think he takes enough of his pain medication, but he is stubborn! Even though I have had both Doctors and Nurses explain the pain cycle, and how much easier it is to control if you stay on top of the pain, and don't wait until you're in agony to take something, he will not listen. He may need a swift kick in the sore butt :)!

1 comment:

Jenn said...

I chanced upon your blog whilst blog hopping! Just wanted to let you know that you and Ron have been a great inspiration to me. Keep on fighting and never give up! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.