September 29th 2010 10:59 pm
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I was jumping up and down this morning while Dad was getting the car ready to take me to my appointment. Dad said I sure don't act like a sick dog!
Originally, I was supposed to have my in-house CBC done today by a nurse so I could get another DTIC treatment tomorrow, but since my lymph nodes became enlarged, Dad called them on Monday to ask to see Dr. Shaw today as well. He spoke to a nurse who told him that Dr. Shaw was actually on vacation this week but that I would be seen by Dr. Kiselow. I saw Dr. Kiselow once before when I had those heaving episodes that turned out to be nothing major. The nurse then said to Dad:
"He'll be seeing a different doctor but he'll still have the same girlfriends looking after him!"
Now my parents know my secret! I have girlfriends! But, they are happy to hear I have girlfriends to love me during treatment, so they told me it was okay!
Dr. Kiselow confirmed I was out of remission. My in-house CBC was okay and showed no abnormalities, so my treatment was changed today to the MOPP protocol. This is a combination of 2 injectable medications (Mustargen and Vincristine) and 2 oral medications (Prednisone and Procarbazine) that are administered in 2 week cycles (2 weeks on, 2 weeks off). The Procarbazine had to be ordered from an outside pharmacy in Arizona and is a capsule that will be given to me at home. The pharmacy called this afternoon to confirm shipping information, so it will be here soon.
I ate while at the hospital today, some more when I got home around lunchtime, and then dinner. Dad wanted me to just take it easy today and I didn't complain.
Dr. Kiselow and Dad talked for about a half hour today after my treatment. He said that the focus should continue to be my quality of life and that I was a "happy-go-lucky" guy that has tolerated treatment really well even if my remission times have not been as long as we've hoped. It was nice to hear a different doctor make that observation about me, and once again, my report card said that I was an excellent patient as usual!
If this new treatment puts me back in remission, it will likely be for an even shorter timeframe than the last time. There is basically only one protocol left after this one.
Well, tomorrow is another day and I'm gonna be happy because my Dad doesn't have to go back to work until Sunday! I like when Mom is home but it's not nearly as exciting as when my Dad is home. Then I get to see my girlfriends again next week!
Sending you our love and continued "stay well" thoughts and prayers.
Doo, Austin & Mom
Thinking of you Quincy!!!
Momma an' me, Zaidie, wuff yu wike CWAZEE, Quincy ♥ ♥ ♥ Take it one day at a time an' enjoy each minit!! We kno' dat r how yu roll, bud we jus' needed say it ☀
You're the best Quincy. A real inspiration.
Like Zaidie said, take it one day at a time and enjoy every second.
My Dad is home on Mondays and I love having him around, so I know just what you mean.
Oh, I'm not surprised that you have lots of girlfriends:)
Quincy you certainly are a fighter and we are all praying you will go back into remission and keep feeling well...our Tallulah is watching over you and helping you to keep up the fight.
Mia and family
Big hugs and westie kisses for you!