Friday, January 16, 2009

Great News

As many of you knew, I had scans yesterday (which would determine if I could continue on this clinical trial). Remember my favorite word, stable? Well that's what my scan reported. Stable disease. Something I did learn was that the chemo has been wreaking havoc on my liver so if my liver the report came back with my counts being 5 times the normal range, I would have to take a few weeks off before beginning the treatment. Lucky for me, I missed 3 treatments due to weather, wedding and pneumonia....my liver enzymes were back in the normal range. I worried about missing them for NOTHING. All is good here at the Schmitt house. It appears I'll be on the trial for at least 2 more months. I'm thrilled...

After my scan yesterday, my friend Kim and I spent the night in Seattle and went to an early dinner and a movie. Then, back to the room...got our jammies on and talked until the wee hours. Friends need to get together like this more often. It's good for the heart. :) Thanks Kim.

Rick seems to be adjusting to the new treatment. He's still a little bummed about the hair and the rash, but I think with time he'll start to understand that these exterior challenges are only the beginning for a healthy inside. He usually agrees with me in the end..... :)

Jake was my chemo buddy today and we had a great day. Have I mentioned lately how much I love the team of people who work at SCCA making us better? We are so blessed. On our way home from Seattle, we picked Megan up at UW, stopped in Everett for them to get their "official" marriage license, then headed back to Stanwood. They all went to Jimmy's for pizza (while I laid on the couch and slept). After dinner they came home and picked me up and we headed over to watch Angie officiate a girls basketball game at Stanwood. It's still fun to watch her even if she isn't playing.

I think I'll be able to sleep better now that I know things are working as planned. Isn't it about
time for a vacation? I bet I would sleep better on the beaches of the Caribbean.....

Happy Dreams,
Doreen

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

YIPPEE!!!! We LOVE stable!
Congrats to all of you. That type of news is another reason to celebrate and appreciate (each other - and the team at SCCA. Thanks for sharing with all of us.
We love you!

Anonymous said...

Queen Dor - yee haw ... this is the best news!!! The Caribbean sounds great - you guys sure deserve a nice vacation. Will be waiting to hear equally good news on Rick!

Linda

CFCina said...

Wonderful news!!! ;-)

Continuing to Dream Big and send lots of prayers your direction!

~ Kathy C (Relay friend in Oregon)

Anonymous said...

Great news!!!! Stay strong!
Reader from NC