Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Well well well. . .

(3/25/08)

Well, folks, I finally got out of the hospital two Saturdays ago, and I basically laid around the house for a couple days while my leg got slowly less painful. By Wednesday I could walk pretty well again, so since then I've been trying to do as much as fun stuff possible. A couple high school friends are in town, and we've been traipsing around the area. A little rock climbing, a little karaoke, a little bit of running around on the rocky beaches in SF and almost getting poison oak (cross yer fingers for us), some ice cream crepes in Japan town, bocce ball in Campbell . . . All in all it's been a good few days.

I was supposed to go in for treatment yesterday (Monday), but my total neutrophils were a little low (1200 - they can treat me at 1500). I'm going to try again tomorrow to get in, but I guess I'm not holding my breath. It's again the mixed blessing of well, I get to spend a couple more days feeling good, but I don't get the treatment in. . .

Update on my lung nodules

I did finally get a chest CT last week, and fortunately or unfortunately, the lung nodules are still there. They've supposedly gotten smaller (the largest is 3mm, used to be 4mm I think), but they're still there, which could mean a couple things. It seems to me like the resolution of the CT probably isn't good enough to distinguish 1mm. My doctor thinks they're probably just random specks of something, possibly just some inflammation, but the fact is we don't really know. If they are malignant, the chemo should have wiped them out by now. We can't biopsy them, since they're so small, and so there's no real way to know what they are. I guess we can hope for the best, which is that they're not malignant, and the disease has not metastasized beyond the pesky butt bump. More uncertainty, but I guess that's par for the course in this situation . . .

3 comments:

Thomas Sean said...

Dude who's in town?
Get healthy man - these beaches aren't going to get sat on by themselves ... yarrrrr.
I don't know why I went pirate at the end there. Sometimes it just comes out. Like when I was scuba diving a few weeks ago. Every ther word out of my mouth was yarrr. or matey. yarrr.

jeff said...

Tommy, you lucky tanned bastard! It's freezing here, literally. Hey Alex, how small have the lung nodules become?

Amanda Crowell Itliong said...

Alex,
Miss seeing you over at Haas for sure - this Friday is our big celebration Haas-a-palooza! (4-6PM) so I've been running around lately doing crazy things like practicing my balloon animals and getting ready for the dancing parrots (yes, real parrots in the BIRC). Always good to check in on your blog - 7 of 17 sounds pretty good to me so keep the updates coming. I wish I had a good excuse to go to Hawaii. ;)