It’s been a few days since I checked in. After all the activities of last week including Chemo, full body bone scan, Ultrasound to remove fluid from my lungs, continued night temperatures, residual foot pain, and of course the lung pain, it’s good to be feeling better and putting a lot of those things behind me.

I also mentioned last week that Rob Lane, the founder of the Puget Sound Cancer Center, came by for a great chat. I also mentioned he originally hired Dr. Doug Lee, my Oncologist and retired last year. He talked to me about bell laps (final lap of a race signaled by the ringing of a bell) and wanting me to feel as good as I could for my bell lap. Well, the concept of being on my bell lap really discouraged me over the next few days. Of course I don’t feel like I am on my bell lap. I am so much stronger than when I was diagnosed last November, and my tumors are so much smaller, I feel more like I am half way through a marathon than on my bell lap. Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France more than once on his Bell lap and remains cancer free! I’m sure Rob didn’t intend to discourage me. While I recognize the idea of cure is remote, miracles do happen. Also the idea of chronic cancer, where we monitor my body regularly and hit it with Chemo as needed is not unusual. In fact this is often the way non-curable cancers are viewed today. I also continue to be open to surgery as soon as the liver tumor reaches 3 cm so that we can also remove the passage between my colon and liver as well as my liver tube. Then I will really be able to run!

photo-73.jpgSo here I am Monday feeling good, feeling strong. I started off the morning feeling pretty tired and weak but pushed through it and changed my liver tube bandage that was bothering me. I had a very strong day yesterday, perhaps the best I have felt in weeks. The foot pain, has been gone for a few weeks and the numbness also seems to be disappearing. I am not sure if it is healing or the meds I am taking are simply keeping my pain and numbness at bay.

My liver pain is interesting. I think my Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr Bill Ehni, nailed it- Inflammation and/or infection outside my liver. The reason I feel this is because I get sharp pains on occasion but no longer the long deep pains I was feeling in my lung when I breathed. I have been on another antibiotic for the last several days to help with the inflammation so all is well here as well. This is also supported by the negative bone scan and the inability to find significant fluid to remove from my lungs.

Night temperatures have been minimal for the last few days as have night sweats. I’m not sure if this is from the steroids I took with Chemo or things are actually getting better. With all the focused prayers I have had in the last week I would not be surprised if the night sweats are on their way out too!

Today is another exceptional day in Seattle, with the high expected to be in the mid-60’s. I am looking forward to getting outside with Heather and taking a walk. The flowers continue to be so amazing. Inga brought me over a Glory arrangement of flowers that really make me want to Dance- whether I am on the edge of Heaven or not!

Thank you again for all your e-mails. Please don’t hesitate to send them as comments on the Blog. I think many of them could be a blessing to others.

God is Good, All the Time, God is Good!

Don

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  1. kls80 on April 23, 2007 12:51 pm

    Don- What a wonderful day it is indeed! I’m hoping you will be able to go out and enjoy the sunshine the Lord has given us. Thank you for the update. So glad you are feeling better today! God IS good all the time.

    Love,
    Kirsy

  2. Gary on April 23, 2007 2:15 pm

    Don, what a blessing it is to be able to read your posts here. It is truly a beautiful day here. I hope you are able to get out and enjoy it. You and your family remain in my prayers.

    Gary

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