Monday, June 18, 2007

Medical Update

We spent all day - 9:00 am until 4:30 pm - at the medical center. Blood work and doctor appointments and waiting and more waiting. Troys blood work was all pretty good considering the radiation, chemo and surgery that he has been through.

We thought that we would find out whether the oncologist wanted Troy to have another round of chemo. While we were dreading what we would hear at least we would know what is in store in the next month or so. Unfortunately, he still hasn't decided whether he wants another round. Dr. Jac will take Troy's case back to the tumor board in the next week or so and they will decide there whether another round of chemo would be beneficial. The other not so great news from the oncologist was to continue with the daily blood thinner shots for at least another month. Those are no fun! The doctor will schedule a CT Scan next month and scans every 3 months for the next year.

The appointment with the surgeon went a little better. He removed the feeding tube! This is the first time since March that Troy hasn't had some sort of tube attached to him. What a relief that is - to be completely tube free!

A Short History of Medicine
2000 B.C. - "Here, eat this root."
1000 B.C. - "That root is heathen, say this prayer."
1850 A.D. - "That prayer is superstition, drink this potion."
1940 A.D. - "That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill."
1985 A.D. - "That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic."
2000 A.D. - "That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root."
~Author Unknown

The appearance of a disease is swift as an arrow; its disappearance slow, like a thread. ~Chinese Proverb

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