Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Long Day With Good News...

Yesterday Reid saw his oncologist at MD Anderson and got the results of his latest scan.  The scan had been done on the 5th, so we had been nervously awaiting the results for five days.  This scan was done to see if the Adcetris was working.

We left the house at 10:15 for his 11:15 blood draw.  The doctor's appointment was scheduled for 1:00, so there wasn't really time to go anywhere.  We plopped ourselves down in the waiting room and waited.  He didn't get called back until almost 1:45, but the Physician's Assistant came in and gave us the news right away.  His scans looked good!  The spot on his lymph node had gotten smaller and there were no new spots.  (Gosh...I didn't even think to worry about new spots.)  The liver numbers that had been elevated in his previous blood work had now returned to normal. All good news!

His appointment for the infusion was at 3:00, but they were running 1 1/2 hours behind, so we waited again.  They went ahead with the infusion at the reduced level of the drug that they used the last time.  It sounds as if this is the level they'll keep him at from now on.  The infusion takes a half hour, but they won't order the drug until he's had his vitals taken and he's in a room with the IV ready to go.  It's my understanding that the drug has to be thawed and if for some reason he can't receive the infusion they don't want to waste it.  So, we had to wait for the Adcetris to come from the pharmacy.  I don't remember what time we got out, but we stopped at Subway on the way home and picked up a sandwich for him.  He hadn't eaten all day.  I think we were home at 7:00.  It was a long day, but the news was good so we weren't complaining.

Remember the dining room that I started painting before Christmas last year?  I've been trying to get the dining room ready for the painter that I've hired.  I decided at the rate I was going I'd never get it done. The walls where the china cabinets are have been painted, so those pieces of furniture won't have to be moved and I won't have to pack up the china and glassware again.  But, I've been busy today taking down pictures, shelves, and moving smaller pieces of furniture out of the room.

I've decided that I have too much stuff.  I used to weave baskets and there are baskets all over the place.  This is the pile I took out of the dining room.  Perhaps I have too many baskets?
And too many bears?  This guy is a permanent fixture in the dining room because I have no other place to put him.  He's really a Christmas bear that I won years ago at a Hallmark store.  I just can't seem to part with him for some reason.
And Reid's cat Ashely has been enjoying all the dining room action.  He likes a bird's eye view.
Here's some more stuff that I dragged into the hallway to get it out of the way for now.  The hallway is going to be an obstacle course until the painter is done in the dining room.  You can see some of my dolls in the hallway.  I have too many of them too!
The painter is supposed to be here Friday and Saturday.  I sure hope he gets it done on time.  I'll be glad to get the room back in order.

Meanwhile, we've had a lot of rain.  After last year's drought we're not about to complain.  Everything is nice and green now.  My poor outside cats are getting tired of hanging out in the garage.  It cleared up a little and Blackie and Baby came out, but I guess they don't care for the wet ground.  They've taken refuge on the top of Reid's truck.
I always keep towels on the deck chairs for them.  As soon as it cleared up I put dry towels on the chairs, but I guess they don't realize it yet.

I've got a few more things to get out of the dining room and tomorrow I'll vacuum it so we don't get cat hair in the paint.  I'm off to bed early tonight.  I just wanted to quickly get a post up to share our good news.  Thanks again for every one's prayers.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy 4th of July!