CHEMO ROUND 8 ….. NOW WHAT?

10/1619 and round 8 of the Chemo is done! the last two weeks have been pretty miserable with a build up of all the side effects and a few days of nausea but without throwing up. Coldness, pins and needles, runny nose and weeping eyes have been constant debilitating effects throughout.

Over to Durango and despite my misery there is good news. The blood work they do has shown that the (chemo/tumor indicator) that they never told me about, has comedown from 87% to about 20% which they say is GOOD! …… also they now want me up in Denver for 10/23/24/19 to meet up with the Surgeon who will, post MRI, decide how we progress from here. More good news as they decide to take one of the poisons off the list in case he wants to go straight to surgery as “that” poison is not conducive to blood clotting and healing.  Of course there are more options including another 4 rounds of Chemo or a mix of Chemo and Radiation before putting my arse end back together.

Up to Denver on “Boutique” in the Swiss built Pilatus which I have to say has a fair turn of speed! Rough and bumpy flight and a storm is rolling in with forecasts of up to 8″ of snow.

Compact little cabin

Over to Hertz and collect the world’s most expensive I day rental!!!! I could of had a VW Jetta for a lease of $159 a month ……. and I end up paying $140 for this Jeep Cherokee …. a bit of a rip off but the second day was only $27 if I needed it.

Somewhere in here?

or here?

?

Hotel next in driving snow and darkness plus the fun of rush hour and now find the Hospital ……… yes, 6 BLOCKS of HOSPITALS but I eventually find what I’m looking for and finally endure the worst contraption I’ve come across on this Cancer adventure called the MRI ……. the session lasts 40 minutes and the noise is unbelievable with non stop banging at about 100 decibels. This finishes at 2240 and I wend my way back to the hotel in the snow.

The noise was unbelievable

Highlight of the evening is the local news where the Clown Prince (Trump) is telling a Rally in Colorado that they will soon have “his” border wall !!! He is quite insane and clearly thinks New Mexico is part of Mexico …… heaven help us, perhaps he’ll buy Finland next ?

Thursday and the Cancer fun just keeps coming! First on the menu is a CT scan at 0700 ……. well it doesn’t make all the ridiculous noises of the MRI …….. now some blood taking, and then a physical with all my life’s  history. A couple of hours sleep in the car and then the “way ahead” in the Lady Surgeon’s opinion.

From her discussion there is too much cancer in the liver to get it all in one operation so that would require two sessions about a month or more apart. She says 4 more sessions of Chemo, another local CT scan and then if that’s all good rectal surgery and arse reconnect and get rid of the bag. The liver surgery does not sound worthwhile and they can keep it where they want with Chemo Tablets once a day!

Return the Expensive Jeep having spent $1.96 to refuel it as Hertz charge $9.99 a gallon if they do it!! ……. back to the airport and the fun of security but eventually through and now 5 hours to waste before the flight. Up at the gate I see it is already delayed and I can get no answers or sense out of the check in girl.

Finally airborne at 2240,  1 hour 40 mins late but we come home around 5000′ and high speed covering to 280 miles in just under the hour. Well Thank God these two days are over. Cost a fortune to learn precious little but at least we have a way ahead.

 

TONY DOWN

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