Thursday, April 17, 2014

Good news/ not-so-good news

The Good News first -- My tumor markers have stayed the same and are still in the normal range.

The Not-So-Good News --
part 1)  I have to have a biopsy next week on Tuesday for a rash that has continued to appear/disappear ever since chemo.  My oncologist does not think it is cancerous, but she is worried that it keeps coming back.  Hopefully, this will

part 2) My liver enzymes had a fairly big increase in this set of bloodwork with one that had been normal becoming high this time.  My liver enzymes were barely increased when my liver was full of cancer, but they have been steadily rising in the past year which seems a bit backward.  It does make us quite a bit nervous as to what is causing it.  I'm going off of any supplements and pain-killers along with reducing my only new med in the last 3 months until we repeat the bloodwork in a week & 1/2.  Just hoping that it will decrease from that, and that we won't have to take a next step.  There always is the possibility that something is brewing in the liver and my tumor markers just aren't being reliable, but with the good scan in December when the enzymes were already going up, that doesn't seem to be very likely.

So anyway, it is a bit hard to be too excited about my markers when there are several other unanswered questions.  Thank you for the prayers for good tumor markers, and please pray that we will both get answers & get them quickly on these two other concerns.   Have a good weekend!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Marker time again

Marker time again…..I can't believe it's marker time again…. praying those markers stay in the normal range for me…..oh,oh,  it's marker time again (sing to tune of "On the Road again" by Willie Nelson)

I really can't believe that it has been 3 months.  I must be getting used to this more & more because a week and a half ago I had no idea when this appointment was instead of being able to tell the day, hour, & minute of the next appointment from the last moment of the previous one.  The appointment is tomorrow, Tuesday, and I should have some answers within 48-72 hours.  Of course this past crazy weekend helped to keep my mind off of it as well.

For the bad first, I got the wonderful news this past weekend that there has been another incident courtesy of the  identity thieves that I've dealt with for the past 7 years.  If you've ever dealt with identify theft, it is the "gift" that just keeps on giving.  At least, I had the police report and documentation to show that this was probably the same people, and hopefully that combined with the police report being filed will be enough to take care of it.  So, dealing with that kept me pretty occupied in an "oh, so fun" way.

Thankfully, there was good as well in getting to cross some items off on my living list this weekend.  I've lived in Florida for 38 years, but had never stepped foot on the northern gulf beaches.  So, this past weekend I got to enjoy some time on Fort Walton beach along with seeing my wonderful friend, Liz.  I just wish we'd managed to get a picture sometime over the weekend, but many memories were made which works just as well :)

Hopefully, you all had wonderful weekends, and I appreciate your prayers for a good report!