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Showing posts from August, 2015

6 Best Ways to Make a Friend’s Hospital Stay Better

1. Ask Before Visiting While many people appreciate visits, it’s not always possible due to hospital rules or how the patient is feeling. Call ahead to find out if your friend can have visitors and feels well enough to see you. 2. Help Out Without Being Asked When it comes to taking care of things back at the house, don’t wait for your friend to ask for help – they have so much on their mind. Just take care of the yard work and whatever needs doing. 3. Give a Goodie Bag & Small Gifts The most common advice: Give small gifts or a goodie bag to keep someone with a lot of time on her hands entertained. 4. Bring Reminders of Home Little pieces of home are a way to personalize a hospital room. Their regular pillow, favorite coffee mug, photos, or the local paper can help the new environment and schedule feel normal. 5. Feed Them A home-cooked meal in the hospital can be rare, so it’s extra-appreciated. For family of the patient, gift cards to local restaurants give them a change from t…

Cancer Updates

I had my second CT Scan after my 8th treatment. It showed more shrinkage in the spot on my liver and some of the spots in my lungs. The spot on my spine does not show up on CT scan, so that will have to be looked at later with a PET scan. So we are still moving in the right direction with chemotherapy; meaning we will continue on this regimen for at least 2 more months.

Some of the spots on my lungs are not shrinking. This could be due to their not being cancer spots. Apparently spots of debris breathed in from working so many years outside in the dirt get into one's lungs, according to my Oncologist. It seems particles of fungus and other stuff gets stirred up and settles in there over the years. We will have to eventually determine what those spots are.

I also might have to go into surgery, again, for a liver resection. The doctor will consult with my surgeon about that soon. If that happens I will need to stop the Avastin infusion 6 weeks prior. The surgery will have to be don…