Thursday, August 29, 2013

Chemo Day #3

Today we met with Charlie Pietrick, a nurse practitioner at SCCA. He did a lot of review of what's happening with Harv -- as in questions, etc. He prescribed a low dose of blood pressure medicine to help with those numbers a little bit. We'll still have to monitor it to make sure that the blood pressure meds + the injections don't lower his blood pressure too much.

CEA count is slightly higher than it was two weeks ago... I think Dr. Lin might not call it a significant rise, but it also is not significantly lower -- which is what I was hoping for.

Have I mentioned that I'm a little tired of the Seattle trips? There are oh, so many good things about this journey... Harv and I have had LOTS of time together. We've gotten to explore Seattle and get to know it a little better. We've met wonderful people at SCCA who have taken and are taking care of us. I love seeing patients who are maintaining a cheerful disposition in spite of treatment. And, friends in Seattle have been generous with their time and resources. 

But, I tell you what! I do not love seeing sick little children and people so tired and sick that they must be in a wheelchair.  I do not love seeing fear and uncertainty in the faces of young couples as they start their own journey. I do not love seeing older people come in with their family members and face the unknown. And, I do not love all of the unknowns when it comes to our family either.

We have not been given reason NOT to continue to hope and so we will keep on hoping for progress in his treatment and for success in the outcome. 

As always, the support and encouragement from our family and friends is a major part of the success we've seen so far. 

Thank you for loving us.


Karen Oglesby Perkins said...

It's okay to be tired of these tired for now, and then continue your journey. We are with you and Harv. Thank you for allowing us this privilege.

GFWer said...

I'm sick of all that stuff for y'all and strangers dealing with it too! The good thing is there are people all around that care. GFW

Carrie said...

Yep, Laura... There are LOTS and LOTS of people who care... Amazingly thankful for that.

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