The on-going, first-hand tale of a journey through medical oncology... and what happens after.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

75% and running downhill

My blood work was good today - appropriately up or down on every important component. It's amazing what an extra six days will do for anyone on the receiving end of the toxic drip line. Additionally, the dose of oxaliplatin was reduced to 125 mg (from 176 mg) in an attempt to minimize the peripheral neuropathies. Yeah for that too! Of course, the treatment regimen consumed most of the day (left home at 8am, returned home at 5:15pm). And finally, I will begin to receive neupogen shots (once daily for five days beginning 24 hours after the 5FU pump is disconnected and my PowerPort is deaccessed. Neupogen kick-starts my bone marrow into overproducing neutrophils and white blood cells - and this will hopefully prevent any more treatment delays. If true, I should receive #12 of 12 treatments on November 21... which will make Thanksgiving VERY meaningful this year.

So where does that leave us? 75 percent done. Next one is 83-1/3 percent done, then 91-2/3 percent done, then 100%. No philosophical energy tonight, but thanks for all the spiritual and psychological energy you all sent toward me today. It most certainly helped!


Anonymous said...

Yeah!!! Love you! Ch

Anonymous said...

Great to hear you're getting so close to the end of chemo, Ed! Hang in there....

Anonymous said...

Your psychology is perfect: congratulate yourself on the distance travelled and know that the final quarter is just around the bend.
Livestrong, Ed.

Anonymous said...

Boy you are good with fractions!

left,right,left,right....can you see it?


Anonymous said...

I am already training for next year. 8 miles each way to work on the bike. Love ya and looking forward to more good news.