Well, the week is over. It’s Saturday morning and I’m just trying to get my stuff packed before heading to the airport. Dad is already at Hobby, taking a different flight home. It suddenly dawned on me that I have staples in my head so it will be another fun experience in airport security with the metal detectors. I can’t wash my hair/head and it has quite a bit of dried blood on it, so this should be a fun time.
I wanted to get an update out yesterday, but Dad and I were both just worn out and calling Mom and Jill was all we had the energy for. After the appointments ended around noon, we came back to the hotel. I slept for two hours while Dad worked out in the gym. Last night we ended up going out for dinner and a horrible movie. Mindless entertainment (even lack of entertainment) were what we needed. A long week was finally over!
The results of the tests and plan to move ahead are largely in place, with a few more things to iron out this week. As I reported on Wednesday after the surgery, the biopsy came back with less-than-favorable results. We still don’t have full information on the grade of the tumor, but know that the grade of the cancer wouldn’t affect the recommended treatment plan.
I’ll be starting chemotherapy next Monday. One of the drugs, Temozolomide – the actual chemo drug, is an oral version that I’ll take five days in a row, once every 28 days. The other drug, Avastin, would have been given to me regardless of whether it was cancer or necrosis. This is given every 14 days intravenously. It’s a pretty simple cycle. I asked Dr. Wolff how long this would be given (if there was any specific timing), and as of right now, we’re looking at a year unless we see any major changes (growth or shrinking of the tumors). Both of these will hopefully be handled in Minneapolis, though I still need final confirmation from my doctors there. I’ll still be having monthly visits to Houston for monitoring as well, though these will just be 1 or 2 day visits now.
I will need to get the staples taken out and should be able to just do this in Minneapolis. Can’t wait. I can finally wash my greasy hair on Monday, but I’m going to sneak it in on Sunday night. It’s driving me crazy!!
That’s it for now. I’ll update more this week once I get some updated news from the doctors in Mpls. Hope you’re all well.