Monday, July 10, 2006

Dr.'s Visit

My Dr.'s visit today went well. Though he didn't tell me the cancer was gone, he did say the CT scan showed that my lungs are looking clearer. He also said, that doesn't mean the cancer is going away. This type of cancer is very hard to watch because it really does still look like pneumonia on X-rays and CT scans. He reminded us today that the goal of Tarceva was never to kill the cancer, but to keep it from spreading rapidly and to give me a better quality of life. So far...So good. It's doing it's job.

Angie asked the Dr. how long I should expect to take Tarceva and he said for most patients who respond well to it (and I'm one of those people) the average time that Tarceva seems to work is around a year. Hopefully by then they will have something new for me to take.

My vision is getting a little blurry and he told me that was due to the Tarceva drying out my eye fluid. Not a big thing, I'm just going to use eye drops. I've been a little queazy lately but that is pretty normal too. Other than that, I feel great! I've gained some weight. (They say it's good...I say I better watch it or my new stuff won't fit)

After my appointment today, I went to Pike Place Market with my daughter Angie and my sister-in-law Vickie. We had a wonderful time and I came home with some beautiful flowers. You all know how I feel about flowers....they make me SMILE! When I got back to Stanwood, I went for a massage. There you have it. Another spectacular day.

Oh, I forgot to tell you about yesterday afternoon. I went to Bellingham with my good friends Pam and Janeen. We went to a little old movie theatre called the Pickford and watched "Heart of the Game" (a documentary about girls basketball) then to a quaint little Italian restaurant called Giuseppe's for dinner. If you've never been to either of those places, find the time. It will be worth it. I promise. The moments I share with these two are always filled with laughter. Thanks Ladies.

Time for me to get my jammies on. It's been an emotional and busy day.

Thanks for thinking about me.
Dream Big ~ Dor


Angie said...

I really liked Mom's new doctor. He was very easy to talk to and he explained and showed us everything on the computer screens. This doctor is going to be a great fit for our family!

We had a great time at Pike Place. If you know Mom, you know she lights up when she is around flowers. It was very hard for her to pick a bouquet. She wanted them all!! Thanks for more wonderful memories Mom...

Live Strong-

Anonymous said...

Hey Slice even know our conversations were cut short 2 times today I just wanted to let you know how happy I am that things went good today, and look good in the future too!!!

We will find the time soon enough to hang and catch up on our time!!! Which by the way I am realllly missing!!

Hey Angie, " Ear Muffs" Ear Muffs!!!!!:)Never leave home without them!! Love you all, Peg

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to hear it went well at your doctor's appointment and that the doctor seems like a good fit. You are in my thoughts and prayers everyday.

I have been out of touch for awhile - we were in Yellowstone for vacation. Love you more than all the bison in Yellowstone! (That's a lot!)