Once again thank you all for your kindness, cards, and prayers.
This week was pretty rough, though ended well. As I wrote before, a week ago Thursday Theresa got her half dose of Herceptin and Taxotere. She did alright the day of Chemo, but the next day and through the weekend she had severe abdominal pain, diarrhea and even water went through her. As the weekend progressed it was obvious she was getting severely dehydrated and her pain wasn’t responsive to the therapies we had at home. Monday morning I called her oncologist and he had her come in. She was given a liter and a half of fluid, antinausea medications, famotidine, and morphine. She went back Tuesday and got another liter of fluid and medications, and then on Wednesday another liter but by then her pain was improving, so didn’t need any pain medications. Thursday she was starting to feel better and we went into see her Oncologist. He believes she had a severe reaction to the Taxotere, plus she can’t take the steroids ahead of time, so he is going to switch to Abraxane when she gets her next Chemo in 2 weeks. She will get Abraxane and Herceptin. We also discussed Metronomic Chemotherapy which uses lower doses more frequently instead of the higher doses every three weeks. This method will hopefully reduce her side effects, as she is so very sensitive to the chemotherapy drugs. So in just under two weeks we will start the lower dose of abraxane weekly with either Herceptin every three weeks or also weekly. In three to four weeks she will get a repeat liver MRI to see if there has been any response to her liver mets and if a significant response, then she may have enough HERS2-neu receptors to continue Herceptin and maybe add Perjeta, also targeted treatment. If there is no response, then we will cross that bridge.
Friday we had our first Family Night is a month. Ben’s girlfriend came over and we all had dinner and a movie. Theresa didn’t eat much, but was hungry – which was great. Yesterday my brother-in-law took two of the boys snowshoeing at Mt Hood, my sister and her daughter took our daughter to Portland, and our other son went out with friends, so Theresa and I had the day alone. Outside of getting tax forms together, we spent the day talking and being near each other. It was a very nice day, getting back to some normalcy. I expect Theresa’s energy level to improve over the next two weeks as her anemia, nutrition, and endurance improves. I just pray that she will continue to improve and not get hit hard with the next round. Her hair is starting to fall out. She has a full head of hair still, but it is beginning to thin.
God’s promises are so true. In the midst of the storm He is there. He provides comfort, strength and guidance. He provides people, divine appointments, and affirmation of the course he has for us. We appreciate those of you who have sent us verses of God’s promises and truths, which always seem to be the right words at the right time. We also appreciate the help we have received from you. We actually have had many more offers of help than we actually need or know what to do with. We appreciate all of these offers and want to let you know that by not accepting your offers at present, we are not rejecting the offer, just not in need at the moment. Oh but we are in great need of your continued prayers, so please keep it up.