Bionic Woman...Hear Me Roar...

Bionic Woman...Hear Me Roar...
Here is a crazy update for those that didn't see my husbands posts on Facebook over the weekend. On Thursday morning I had an appointment for an ultrasound of my hands. I am still waiting on the results of that test from my rheumatologist. After that I went downstairs to get a left hip X-ray to see why I have so much pain. By the time I got home I had two doctors calling me to tell me to pack a bag for a hospital stay. It seems that I fractured my left femoral head back on April 26th. So I had been walking on a broken hip for a month! No wonder the pain was increasing every week that went by.

 I didn't have a trauma that caused the fracture, so this is our and the orthopedist's best guess on how it happened. I got off the PET scan table on April 26th and when I turned right to head back to the entrance I got a catch in my left hip. I hobbled a bit and it seemed to work itself out. But as the days went on it kept getting worse. I did have a few micro fractures in that hip left from the radiation treatment for the bone cancer metastasis I had initially. The radiation had left my bones brittle and it just snapped. They originally told me I would have surgery Thursday evening but when they took new X-rays they determined the fracture wasn't acute (since it was a month old) and they set me up with a total hip replacement surgery on Friday.

Surgery went well and I was released from the hospital on Saturday afternoon, which was our 22nd anniversary. It has been nice being home to recover. I will start PT tomorrow. My pain has been fairly easy to manage so far. It is much less than before surgery. Haha!!! I also seem to be getting around really well already just doing the at home PT sheet they sent home with me.

I am still set to start back up with chemotherapy and immunotherapy on June 5th.

  1. That PT won't beat me up too badly
  2. Continued great rest and healing of my hip
Pic: Me after I got home on Saturday

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Patience in the Waiting...

Patience in the Waiting...
Just a quick update. I finally got the date of my first infusion set.  It's June 5th. I will be there most of the day receiving three chemotherapy drugs and one immunotherapy drug. I will receive these same drugs every three weeks. 

I saw my rheumatologist (Dr Gn) and all the blood work she did came back negative. She is sending me for an ultrasound of both hands next week. Still trying to figure out what caused all the swelling and pain in my arms and hands.

  1. For my left hip pain to subside. Not sure what is causing it.
  2. For the next few weeks to be relaxing and restful as I gear up for chemotherapy again.
Pic: Kylie and I at the musical Hades Town a couple weeks ago.

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My Fight Starts All Over Again...

My Fight Starts All Over Again...
Praise: since my last update I have lost 22 pounds of fluid and the swelling is almost gone. The pain comes and goes but is a lot better. 

I had my PET Scan last Friday and met with Dr Brown (oncologist) today. I'm sad to report that I have several lymph nodes in my abdomen that showed metastasis. My left adrenal gland also showed abnormal. Dr Brown is treating the adrenal gland like it's cancer even though she has decided not to biopsy it. My Signatera blood test went up to 18 from 1.48 in September. This means a lot more cancer DNA in my blood. With that being said I will be starting the same 3 chemotherapies and immunotherapy (Keytruda) that I had last year. We are praying that my body tolerates them better this go round. The plan is to start within the next two weeks. I am awaiting a call from my chemotherapy coordinator with the date.

My rheumatologist  appointment got moved up and I have a consult with her tomorrow. Hopefully we will learn what caused all the swelling.

  1. That I will be able to tolerate the chemo better this time and have no side effects and will kick cancer once and for all!
  2. That we find out what was causing the swelling to try to keep that from happening again.
PIC: Last night celebrating my Mom's Birthday!

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