Friday, 4-26-02, and yesterday I had my 6th and final chemo treatment. At
least, until this bugger comes back, which won't be for lots of years
I woke about 5:45 AM, showered, shaved, got everything ready to go and then
played online till mom picked me up for the ride out to Ann Arbor at
7:30. It was a sunny morning and traffic was flowing smoothly in the
direction we were headed.
We stopped off at McDonalds for a little something, and I had a sausage
McMuffin with egg and some hash browns. They're not as good as the
ones I make at home (IMHO), but they'll do!
My appointment with the doc was for 9:15, but I always have to get a blood
draw before that, so we have to get there a little early. We got there
about 8:45 and I got through the blood draw area in just a few minutes, no
fuss, no muss. I was the only patient there at the time.
Next, on to the doc's waiting room. Two new faces were there behind
the window in the recently renovated office, neither of which I
recognized. They didn't know me either, so when I told them I was
there, they just pointed to the clipboard outside the window and told me to
sign in, so I did, and had a seat to wait.
A little while later, two doors slid slowly apart from each other like
something out of a suspenseful science fiction movie, and a familiar face
was standing there between them, beckoning me in. There was something
really mad-scientist funny about it to me - I can't really put my finger on
what, but I had a good laugh over it and had to explain to the nurse that I
wasn't laughing at her, but at the doors that reminded me of something out
of the Adam's Family or something! I half expected Lurch to be
standing there asking, "You rang?"
Got weighed (picked up 7 more pounds in 3 weeks). This chemo weight
loss program, like the chemo hair loss program, just ain't working for
me! I'm up to almost 200 pounds again! I know it's all this time
I spend sitting and sleeping lately, and yeah... I feel guilty about
it. Just not guilty enough to do anything about it yet! I miss
going to the office and running and pacing 100 MPH getting things
done. It's just not the same being stuck in the house all day making
cartoons on my computer.
On to the exam room, where I got my blood pressure and pulse taken, which
were fine, then the doc came in and I presented him with the newest toons
I'd made. He started to go through them and had a few chuckles, but
there were 14 this time, so he said he'd get to the rest later and thanked
me for them.
We went through the regular question and answer period, and everything on
both sides was hunky-dory, then I pulled off my shirt and climbed up on the
exam table for the "feeling of the nodes" and some deep breathing
while he listened with a stethoscope. Nothing new there either; no
lumps, no bumps, no concerns. No news is good news when it comes to
that! The blood work looked good too, so everything is looking pretty
We talked about the future while he wrote out the special orders for the
day's chemo prescription. We'll do a bone marrow biopsy on May 22nd,
then a CAT scan on May 30th and he'll get all the info together and I'll see
him on D-day, the 6th of June, to get the answer on how well all of this
treatment worked towards a remission.
After that, we'll monitor it every few months with visits and tests,
watching for signs of it's return and, of course, hoping there are
none. At least, not for a long while.
I still have to go in once a week for a blood draw to monitor the Coumadin
levels till this blood clot in my leg is altogether gone, but that's no big
deal as far as I'm concerned. I'm still limping a bit, but it doesn't
really hurt... it just feels kinda weak. It feels best when I've got
it elevated, so I do that a lot. I even have a foot stool under my
On to the chemo treatment area and I didn't have to wait long before I was
in one of the big, comfy chairs by the window with a hot towel on my hand
and wrist to get the veins-a-poppin' to make the IV insertion easier.
I gave the chemo staff a copy of the latest toons and they thanked me and
remarked how much they really enjoyed the last ones, which made me feel
Drip, drip, drip went the chemo... and an hour or so later they were pulling
the plug and I was adjusting my accoutrements, when the nurse said,
"OK, we'll see you in 3 weeks! - Or is this your last
one?" I said, "This is it! I'm done till it comes
back!" and she gave me a nice, warm hug and said that was great
and to have a nice long remission, which I agreed to do!
I went home and celebrated by finding the best price I could on a new web
cam that will work with Win XP, and blowing a little money on it (under
$75). It should get here sometime next week, and then I'll put Buck TV
back online for all you voyeurs to watch me make cartoons and stuff.
Till then, be sure to check out my other site, www.CancerIsland.com
to see all the latest cartoons (I make a new one almost every day), and KEEP
Next: Cinco de Mayo