Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Ready, set, GO!!!

And we're off -

CT scan this morning shows significant shrinkage in the hematoma. CHECK!
Temperature is down to low grade or normal. CHECK!
Feeling good, optimistic, ready. CHECK!

Judy and I met with Dr. Evers this morning. His proposal is to start a week of chemo today, but to forego radiation until we have a clearer resolution of the hematoma and infection. I'll stay in the hospital through the five days of chemo.

I'll take three chemo drugs:
  1. Taxal. I'll get one dose of this over the course of three hours, today.
  2. Cisplatin. I'll get one dose for one hour for each of the next 5 days.
  3. 5-FU. I'll get this continuously for 5 days.

These can have some pretty nasty side effects, but the team assures me they have pretty effective counter-measures in the arsenal.

I'm ready. Let's go.


Blogger Judy said...

Does anyone else think "5FU" is a great name for a cancer drug?

1:51 PM  
Blogger vick40 said...

I could not think of a better name that can be used in public. Jimmy keep the positive attitude and let your faith be your rock. Ed & I will be praying.
We know what you & Judy are going through and you can handle this challange. Just remember you have alot of people behind you and we will not let you down. There really is safety in numbers. Good luck with the chemo
and keep us posted.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Micah said...

Good luck, Jim! You'll have this thing licked in no time.

And yeah, 5-FU is a great name for the drug.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

There was many a "5FU" joke when I was going through chemo class. Only nursing students would really find them side-splitting.

FiFi, John and I wish you good luck during your treatment!


5:45 PM  
Blogger UisceBaGirl said...

Her voice was so low that at first he could not make out what she said. Then he made it out. She was saying that she thought she could get well again if children believed in fairies.
Peter flung out his arms. There were no children there, and it was night-time; but he addressed all who might be dreaming of the Neverland, and who were therefore nearer to him than you think [-] boys and girls in their nighties, and naked papooses in their baskets hung from trees.

'Do you believe?' he cried.

-- J.M. Barrie, _Peter Pan_

I believe in Jim, and also in those who believe in Jim.

5:47 PM  
Blogger angela said...

All the best in the world to you, Jim. I have every confidence that you will get through this ordeal 100% and then some. You get a prayer from the good witch ;D .

7:06 PM  
Blogger nlowry said...

A journey begins with the first step. I hope you have good luck in your reactions to the chemicals and that Cromwell and the roundheads have a terrible time with them!

9:11 AM  
Blogger Tom Wolf said...

Jim, sorry to take so long to post a comment. I kept worrying about those Blogger terms of service (65 paragraphs, 4,443 words). I was particularly troubled by having to agree to be bound by all international laws. That took a lot of research.

And then there was the election. I won't say any more about that, except that when I think about 5FU's it's Bush, Cheney, Ashcroft, Rumsfeld and Scalia.

You're a wonderful man, and I look forward to seeing you soon. You certainly have our prayers.


9:23 AM  
Blogger Joe J said...

All the best Brother Jim. I am sorry I never got the chance to meet you but I don't make many meetings lately.
I know a fighting Irishman will beat this damnable Cromwell

12:16 PM  
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2:04 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Jim - I appreciate your candor and your optimism. As you walk this part of your life's journey, I pray that God will strengthen and sustain you and your family, and grant exceptional wisdom and skill to those upon whom you rely for treatment and counsel.

2:16 PM  

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