Hi Everyone...I just got through SKYPING with Brenda and Vic. That is so much fun to do. If you don't have a computer with a camera...you should get one. Brenda looks great and I can see that the tumors in her neck have even gone down more since I've been gone. Maybe it's me leaving!!!! NAW!!!
Brenda and Vic had a wonderful surprise visit from Jackie (part of the infamous Tahiti Pod) this evening. She brought a goodie package full of wonderful things. Thank you soooo much Jackie and Helene. Check out the photos.
Doc Vic wrote another medical update on todays visit with the Rad/Onc Dr. Here's the bullet.
Not too much news today but no kicks in the gut either (thank God for that). Yesterday was tough. Today was a little shopping excursion (Brenda picked out shoes for me to wear to my niece's wedding next month) followed by lunch out. Then we went to the medical center for a blood draw and an appointment with the radiation oncologist. There were no major plans made there because she needs to finish round three of chemo (that starts tomorrow for three days). After that she will most likely be scheduled for the neurosurgery in a few weeks (if the PET scan tomorrow is good). We got a lot of questions answered by the rad/onc nurse. The radiation won't start until she's healed from any surgery and that takes about four weeks. Surgery won't occur until a few weeks after round three of chemo. Then radiation will be five days a week for six to seven weeks. Head and neck radiation is tough because your throat gets so sore and it hurts to swallow. Staying hydrated and not losing weight are very important. We're looking at an all summer proposition here folks. Brenda is very strong but the enormity of it all is wearing on her. Keep your thoughts and prayers flowing. Keep the cards coming, she gets a big smile on her face when she gets them in the mail. Please post comments on the blog. It is very uplifting when she reads them.