Today (Sunday) I’m off to check into the hospital for my first week of combined radiation and chemo. I’ll be inpatient until Friday evening, getting radiation twice a day and a constant infusion of 5FU and Taxol. This drill is scheduled to repeat every other week for five repetitions. I can’t say that I’m looking forward to it.
The good news this week was that on the most recent CT scan the doctors were unable to find any sign of the primary tumor at all. The chemo has apparently melted that tumor away, which they say happens in about 10-20% of cases. That will allow the radiation area to be smaller and more focused, which should help minimize the side effects.
Our friend Mauri is here from New York this week, so she’ll be keeping me company in the hospital while Michele is working and Mo is at school. And I’ll keep working remotely in between getting zapped.
We went to see the Descendants last night – a terrific, sad yet hopeful movie. Great acting! Now I’m arming myself by downloading TV episodes, podcasts, and music to take to the hospital. Along with the huge pile of books on my bedside table (not to mention all the work I’ve got on my plate), I should be able to occupy my time in the hospital and at home in the coming weeks.