Monday, April 30, 2007
I guess the screaming writhing dot of a tumor isn't feeling so good right now! I'm loving the visualization therapy. This tumor has no idea who it's dealing with. It sure is nice to hear some good news and to know that the therapy has been working.
Tomorrow is more lab work, PET Scan, CT Scan and oncologist appointment. Wednesday afternoon is an appointment with the surgeon. I have an uneasy feeling that we are on the fast track to surgery! I'm pretty scared about that, but for today I just want to enjoy the good news.
Happy Moments - Praise God
Difficult Moments - Seek God
Quite Moments - Worship God
Painful Moments - Trust God
Sunday, April 29, 2007
On Saturday evening we had dinner with more friends, Jean, Greg and Karen. We ate at a Mexican Restaurant (Melys Tex Mex). It was an enjoyable day and Troy felt good all day long.
On Sunday afternoon one of our favorite artists (Hamilton Loomis) was playing for a party on the patio at a bar that's within walking distance from our marina. Check him out at http://www.hamiltonloomis.com/ . We decided not to pass up the opportunity to see him play and we had a great afternoon with several of our sailing buddies - Ken, Craig, Richard, Brian and Brian.
It was a wonderful relaxing weekend that we really enjoyed. We were anxious about the tests and doctor appointments that Troy has scheduled for early next week so it was really nice to get away from the worry for a couple of days.
Next week starting on Monday - here is our medical schedule:
Monday - Endoscopic Ultrasound Scope
Tuesday - Lab work, PET Scan, CT Scan, Appointment with Oncologist
Wednesday - Appointment with Surgeon
This has really starting happening so fast that our head is spinning. We still don't have a date for the surgery, but we are beginning to think that it will be sooner than we thought. Troy has been feeling better every day. He's been having some problems with swelling and pain in the are where the chemo was injected. His ankle on the same side of his body has also had some swelling. Dr. Jac prescribed antibiotics, but his arm is still pretty painful.
A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read. - Mark Twain
Thursday, April 26, 2007
We will also find out that the tumor has shrunk so much that it is no longer visible, even using the latest and greatest technology known to mankind. No harm in dreaming, but seriously, Dr. Jac is pleased that Troy is able to eat and swallow so well. That could only mean that the nasty tumor has gotten lots smaller and is writhing in it's death throes. I'm picturing a screaming dot of a tumor that is withering away just waiting for the surgeon to cut it out and throw it away (or maybe perform some kind of torturous tests on it!). How's that for visualisation therapy?
We are planning to head down to Different Drummer this weekend and, if we are lucky, do a little sailing. It's been too long since we've been out on the water with the wind in our sails.
Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith. - Henry Ward Beecher
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Troy has an appointment with his oncologist on Thursday. We expect him to schedule the next round of tests (PET Scan and CT Scan) to let us know how much the tumor has shrunk. After that the surgeon and oncologist will confer and decide when to schedule the surgery. We are anxious to put this behind us, but we are dreading it at the same time. I think this is a good bible verse to remember today:
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Luke 12:25 NLT
Sunday, April 22, 2007
There were lots of prizes given away by drawing. The Super Grand Prize was a 42' plasma TV! I won an HP printer/scanner/copier which was really nice since I have been talking about buying one anyway! The prize drawings were lots of fun and the great part was that everyone (all employees) ended up winning something.
Troy felt good almost all day. He made it through the whole picnic feeling fine. He didn't start to feel bad until we got home later that afternoon. It's been a really busy weekend, so I hope he didn't overdo it.
The serenity and peace and quiet were indescribable. I can't remember the last time that I could relax and listen to the sounds of nature without hearing one man made noise. We watched a beautiful sunset and then the most amazing moon rise that I have ever seen. It was a big, giant full moon rising over the bayou - incredible.
The next day we took our boat as far up the bayou as we could go. We were amazed at how far that turned out to be. We saw an alligator and lots of birds. We saw a kingfisher. I thought that was cool, I surprised myself by knowing what it was!
And Channel Marker 17 - - -
Here's a test to find out if your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't. - Richard Bach
On Friday Troy picked me up form work and we drove down to Different Drummer for the night. We had plans to drive over to Oak Island or Double Bayou (close to Anahuac) to our friend Jamie's birthday party. We had been looking forward to this party since Troy had been in the hospital. He felt really good that afternoon and we were both excited about see all of our friends in Oak Island. We had a great drive over and I think Troy was really looking forward to one of Ernestine' famous cheeseburgers. We got there and greeted everyone. They all said Troy was looking great. Ernestine was working her butt off in the kitchen (we aren't the only ones that love her burgers!). There was a big crowd and everyone was having a good time. Troy got that cheeseburger and tater tots that he wanted and we went out back on the patio to share it. As soon as he started eating he felt sick. He had to go out to the car for a few minutes, but he did manage to come back and finish his share of the burger. After that, he never really felt good the rest of the night. He spent about 30 minutes resting in the car, then he came back in to the party, but we left pretty soon after that. (Don't worry Ernestine - we'll be back for more burgers)
It's really strange how the chemo and radiation recovery have been affecting Troy. He will be feeling great one minute then nauseous and tired the next minute. I think he is feeling better everyday though, so hopefully he will be feeling lots better by next week. I think he would like to make it down to the boat to do a little work. That would probably work wonders for his morale!
People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember the way you made them feel. - Anonymous
Friday, April 20, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
It doesn't look like we'll get the boat out of the slip until maybe next weekend so I won't have any sailing stories to tell yet, I do plan to go to the boat this coming week and do some work on the windlass, install a new depth sounder (a good thing to have in Galveston Bay) and stuff like that, I look forward to talking about that kind of stuff instead of medical junk.. Troy signing off.
He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. Proverbs 13:20 NLT
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
I thought that I would post some sailing pictures and adventures tonight, but aparently there is a problem with photo uploads on Blogger, so that will have to wait.
A heart at peace gives life to the body. Proverbs 14:30
Monday, April 16, 2007
Saturday, April 14, 2007
You know, it's interesting how you can go to church and your pastor will say exactly what you need to hear. Last night he reminded us that we can leave our troubles at the cross and nothing is too big for God. I just need to remind myself daily to put this in God's hands.
We had a great afternoon. Jessica's (Troy's oldest daughter) birthday is one Wednesday, so we all went out to lunch at a local Mexican restaurant. Everyone enjoyed themselves:
Here's our gang - - - - - - - -
Jessica and her husband David:
Shawn and her boyfriend Josh:
Victoria (Tori) and her boyfriend Danny:
Us:Also at the party were Suzette (Jessica's mother) June (Jessica's grandmother) and Brian (Jessica's brother). We all had fun and ate too much!
Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. Isaiah 65:24 NLT
Friday, April 13, 2007
We're home! It sure does feel good to be here. What an exhausting week. Harley is glad we are home too! I think he missed us. We are both tired and glad to be back in our bed. We are definitely gonna sleep well tonight.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 NLT
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Our friends from our Small Group came to visit and pray with us tonight. We are so fortunate to have friends like Greg and Jean and Hollis and Dara. I can never express with words how much their prayers and support have meant to us. During this experience we have really come to realize just how blessed we are to have the support of so many wonderful friends and family.
We are also blessed with this wonderful hospital. As I mentioned earlier, we are in the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy Bone Marrow Transplantation. This section of the hospital is really specialized since bone marrow transplant patients are treated here. There are special air filters and everyone who visits this wing must enter double doors and wash their hands before entering the wing. Food trays must be passed in and out through a double door system into the room. No live plants or flowers are allowed either. Haven’t figured that one out, but there must be a reason.
The staff is wonderful and Troy has received the best care. The nurses and the PCAs all remember us from our last visit and they have been so nice to us. Troy is even planning to do some carpentry work for one of the PCAs. The lady who cleans the room made this cute little towel holder for our bathroom sink:
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Troy is feeling a little more nauseous this evening, but the nurse was just in to give him some medication for that. She also just started another bag of chemo. He is getting the chemo through his IV 24 hours a day until about 8:00 PM on Friday. I would post another picture of him, but it wouldn't look too different from the ones the other day, except the sad look is for real now. I can tell that he is starting to feel the effects of the chemo by the look on his face.
This afternoon we took a walk around the hospital. It made me realize once again that The Methodist Hospital in the Houston Medical Center is an amazing place. So much going on - so much wonderful, cutting edge medical treatment. We feel priviliged to be able to have Troy's treatment done here. People come from all over the world to be treated for cancer here. We saw the beautiful chapel here. They have prayer meetings every morning.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Troy goes down to receive his radiation treatment every day around 11:15 am. Last time he was in the hospital, we thought that it was interesting that he had to be transported to radiation via a gurney, he was not allowed to walk, or even use a wheelchair. They told him that was "procedure". This time he has been determined to walk himself to radiation. It worked out fine yesterday, we just walked down there before they started the IV for the chemo, so what could they do? Today, they sent a patient transporter to get him (with the gurney). He told her that he wanted to walk. She didn't know what to do - I'm sure she was worried about her job if she cambe back with an empty gurney. Troy assured her that he would clear it with his nurse. the nurse OK'ed his requested and gave them his chart. So - Troy got his way and walked to radiation. Apparently the radiologist was quite amazed so see someone who is receiving chemo walking to radiation. It makes me think that we are so fortunate that he is such a healthy person (other than this little setback!). A little cancer can't keep my pirate down!
Monday, April 9, 2007
Well, we're back again at Methodist Hospital for Troy's last round of Chemo. Just playing the hospital waiting game. We are finally settled into our room and the dreaded IV has been started after the second try. They haven't started the chemo yet, but we know from experience that it takes several hours for the first round of Cisplatin and then he will have to have 4 rounds of 5-FU and each one of those takes 24 hours. That means that the sooner they start, the better our chances to get out of here at a decent hour on Friday. We are nervous about this time because the radiologist said that this round of chemo would be more difficult. I just hope Troy doesn't get too sick and feel too bad.
We are happy to be back on the Cell and Gene Therapy and Bone Marrow Transplant Floor. The rooms are all private and the staff is great. We were hoping to have a room here again. It sure makes it easier for me to stay here with Troy and be able to go to work, etc.
Well - here we are hours later and they finally started the Cisplatin at 5:00 PM. We are still playing the hospital waiting game. He's not really as sad as he looks, I think he's just tired of me taking his picture! He just finished eating a whole BLT with chips. I'm glad he has an appetite right now and that he is able to eat! Dr. Jac (his oncologist) was just here and he was pleasantly surprised that Troy was eating so well. We were definitely encouraged by that.
Sunday, April 8, 2007
This will be our first attempt at blogging. We are planning to share the blog, so I guess we will both be posting from time to time.
It's been a "crazy weather weekend" here in Houston. I think the high today is in the 4o's. We came home from Different Drummer early on Saturday because of the rain and cold. We went to church early and ended up having the whole family over for boiled shimp. We had to hide easter eggs in the house for Kayla and Zada - too rainy and cold outside. That was lots of crazy fun. There were at least 20 people here. Troy and Kenny entertained us with some singing and guitar picking. Good food and lots of fun.
Today we are preparing for another week in the hospital for Troy, starting tomorrow. A week of chemo and radiation. This should be the last round. I know he's not looking forward to that. I wish I could do something to make it easier for him.
Happy Easter! Christ is risen!