TB has decided to not do radiation after all. See this post for information about that. He contacted the doctor’s office and explained that unless someone can tell him what grand benefit the radiation will give him, he’s done. They couldn’t, so no more radiation.
Since that post it’s been an up and down ride. Nothing drastic, well, other than the knee seems to be getting worse. If you’ll recall, the end of the right femur has what looks like a bite out of it (see my drawing below). The thought is that the ‘bite’ as gotten bigger. So TB has an appt next week to have an x-ray taken to see how it is. Pardon the drawing but at least it’s in flattering colors.
What scares us both a bit is if he does have the surgery to replace the femur, how in the world will he get around our house? We have a 1953 rambler that just isn’t set up for someone on crutches and definitely not for someone in a wheelchair. But we’ll worry about that when the time comes, something will work out.
One of the other reasons he is uncomfortable, other than the obviously chewed bone parts, is that because the cancer has metastasized to the bones, that means a lot of the calcium that the body automatically makes on its own is going into his bloodstream, rather than back in the bones where it belongs. That can cause fatigue and other not so great side effects. But he’s pretty brave, or putting up a brave front. He did say last night that if it weren’t for me he would have died by now. He didn’t elaborate. I didn’t ask. If me being here to prod him along and not give up and do what the doctors tell him puts me on a pedestal, and he likes me there, who am I to argue? I’m just doing what I think I’m supposed to do. 🙂
Speaking of which, calcium, that is. The oncologist called a few minutes ago and said that TB’s calcium level has gone down and he thinks it’s from the new cancer med he’s been on, Afinitor. Therefore, TB doesn’t have to take Zometa again UNLESS the level goes back up. That’s great news as TB doesn’t care for the side effects of Zometa. Whoo, hoo!
TB left today to go visit some friends of his for a couple of days, I helped him pack and bring stuff to the truck to save him from walking too much. I’m glad he went, I think it’s good for BOTH of us to have other faces to look at for a while. 🙂 He gets the fun faces, I get faces of my fellow students. Well, that’s not all bad. Frankly, it can be quite amusing and sometimes astonishing. Have you seen what inner-city kids wear to school these days? Oy.
Thank you to those who once again have shown me so much love and support. I sometimes don’t feel I deserve it, that I need to be strong as an ox and just get through life. But I know better. So my heartfelt appreciation goes out to you all.
p.s. Cinta – I received your lovely card, thank you, thank you, thank you! Your timing is simply impeccable – as usual. You made my week with your good wishes. Big hugs and love to you. xxoo