Today was fun. I had the PET scan at 8:00 this morning. I was injected with radioactive sugar then put in the CT machine for a full body scan. The machine then does a color image of where all the sugar went to serve as an overlay for the full body image. The example given to me was a weather map. The full body scan is the map and the color image is the weather. The color image will show organs like the heart because the organs draw blood sugar. Of course the doctors know what is supposed to draw the sugar so they are looking for things out of the ordinary. Looking for color where there should be none. This will likely be cancer.
The best part of my day was going to lunch with my wife. I ran in to a couple of friends from work one of whom paid my check without me knowing. If anyone knows where he is going to lunch tomorrow I may try to run in to him again. (that was a joke if you didn't catch it) I am thankful for all the good people I have opportunity to deal with on a daily bases. I won't call him by name because he wouldn't want me to but it was a blessing that I appreciate.
2:30 I had chemo school. Regina and I went to Dr Anagnost's office and talked to Jesse one of the chemo nurses there. She gave me a tour of the facility and talked to me about what to expect during my treatments. It sounds as though they have come a long way with medication that assist with nausea and other side effects. She made it sound as though I will not be nearly as sick as I was thinking. The biggest thing she said is fatigue. They will keep a constant watch on my white blood count. If it gets down to a certain point they will have to suspend the chemo until it gets back up. She also said I have about two weeks left with my hair. She told us when it comes back it may be curly and will be soft so Regina will not be able to keep her hands out of it. I can't wait!!
I said in an earlier post that I would see Dr Anognost on Friday. I was mistaken. I will see him again on Monday before I start the chemo. I guess he will then have more news on all the scans and tests I had this week. This has potential to change my total therapy but I think at this point no matter what chemo will be the first step.
For those of you praying I do have some specific request:
1) Pray that God will use this for his Glory!
2) Pray that the results of the scans this week will be good
3) I think Regina is starting to feel the pressure of knowing that my income will change. Her business has picked up lately. Pray that God will continue to bless in that area.
4) Pray for my family as a whole. I am sure this process will be difficult for everyone. Regina the kids and my mom and dad.
5) My Mother has a friend named Chris Carpenter. She has an infection in her blood stream. It is very serious. Please pray for her as well.
This is most likely my last post until Monday. Thank you all for your kindness. I am truly humbled by all of the people who have taken the time to contact me with words of encouragement by phone, cards, email and comments on the blog. You can not truly know how much it means to me. Thank You!!