Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Yes it's time for an update and unfortunately it's not the most positive. I'm in the hospital again and have been here since Sunday. Main issue is nutrition. I won't be leaving until we get that under control and I have some means of getting nutrition on a regular basis.
I'm not able to keep food down again and have been having continual nausea and pain as well. We do have to make a decision though about the way I will be getting my nutrition and we are leaning towards a minor surgical procedure where a feeding tube is inserted and attached to the intestinal tract. It by-passes the stomach all together which makes sense for me because that is where my problem is. Unfortunately it won't do anything for any future pain or nausea, but hydration and nutrition will be taken care of. This is a semi-permanent solution that can be removed at a future date though.
To be honest I don't really relish the idea of a liquid diet on any day, but if it can help during these hard times then we will go with that route. We are having a consult with a local surgeon today when he gets the time to stop by my room.
Clearly, you can tell that I'm feeling much better than I was since I haven't had any computer communication since last chemo, but I just don't feel like we are out of the woods yet. I've been thinking long and hard about the future whatever time that means. Even if we get this nutrition thing under control, the chemo is still hard, hard, hard on me and things aren't necessarily looking that rosy. My tumor markers continue to rise every week or other week and changing chemo regimen doesnt' make sense with the knowledge that the doctors and we have about my cancer and it's progression. I am already receiving the best combination that is backed up with research and knowledge, changing it would be like putting your non starters up to play for your starters. To be honest, my case has have followed all the information that is out there about my type of cancer and it's progression. Of course I'll be waiting for the fat lady to sing but I also have to be prepared for whatever may happen in her absence.
Thanks as always for visiting!
Until next time.