Round 73 of Chemo & Re-Staging Scans

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The day is going rather smoothly, and everything is happening relatively on schedule. I’m all checked in for my MRI. IV has been started with no issues. Currently, I’m waiting to be called for the actual MRI. It should only be a matter of time. 🙂

We’ll find out the results some time around 1pm central time tomorrow.

Thank you for all of the amazing notes and messages of love and comfort. You’re an incredible group of people who constantly surround my family and me with hope, prayers and words of wisdom.

We love you all so very much. Sleep well this evening, and hug those closest to you. Never miss an opportunity to share your feelings.

Have an amazing evening!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Good morning, and a very happy and beautiful Monday to all of you. I hope this message catches you in a great mood with a smile on your face just thinking about how blessed you truly are. It’s what I do often. We had a near perfect weekend with amazing weather. Fun in the sun on a lake on Friday, celebrating the beautiful and amazing wedding of my cousin and his now beautiful wife, and a nice, relaxing father’s doing what the day is for – playing with my family. It was a very memorable weekend.

My blood counts came back strong so it’s time to ring in part two of round 73 of chemo. The final part until ALL of my re-staging scans. I feel great so let’s continue to beat this thing back.

CathFlo worked like a charm on my lateral access of my dual port. The medial access is still being stubborn, but we only need one to work to get chemo without using peripheral veins. However, we do theorize that since we started out with 2.5mL of t-PA (drug used to break up a clot) and had 0.0mL when all was said and done with the medial port, it had to go somewhere. Perhaps the drug is just sitting in there (or sat in there since the half life is pretty short) and eating away at whatever is blocking the catheter.

Long story short, we have on side of the port that works so it’s still a success!

If we could ask for a few moments of time for a few extra prayers these upcoming weeks, we would be forever grateful. It’s been awhile since I have run the medical gauntlet with all of my scans so close together. Stress is an understatement!

Today is chemo. Tomorrow morning I leave for Houston and return home Wednesday around midnight. I have my MRI late tomorrow followed by consultations with radiation oncology and neurosurgery to determine the efficacy of my most recent gammaknife and to determine more lesions, if any. After that dog and pony show is finished, I have my follow-up PET scan on June 30 locally to determine the status of my lung lesions that, thanks be to God, we seem to have a strong counterattack against it that seems to be beating expectations!!!

Have an incredible day, and tell those who you hold very dear to your heart, as I hold all of you, how much they mean to you. Words of compassion, sincerity, and love go a very long way for a person. It costs nothing. 😉

We love you all so very much, and we could not do this without you. Ever. Nor would we want to.

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2 Responses to Round 73 of Chemo & Re-Staging Scans

  1. philip kopiczko says:

    god speed Ryan …………………Philip

  2. Renee Levasseur says:

    Sending prayers. God will keep you going. He has more for you to do.

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