Thursday, April 30, 2009
So now you know a side effect of radiation...perhaps more than you wanted to know?!
I know that it was good for Woody not to have to go for a radiation treatment immediately after work today. It was nice to have him come in the door at the time that he used to prior to having to go for radiation appointments.
I contacted Vanderbilt today to have Dr. Sosman's office call me. They told me that I would hear from his office today, but...at this point in the day they haven't called back. So I guess that I will be calling them again tomorrow. They will be setting up an appointment for Woody to have a CT scan. This scan will tell us if the IL-2 had any positive effects on the hot spots (areas of cancer) that he had in his body prior to the IL-2. IF there are positive effects then they will offer him another round of IL-2 like he had before--5 days of infusions at Vandy, then home, then 5 more days of infusions at Vandy.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Abigail, our 5-year-old granddaughter, had her adenoids removed today and also had a tube put in one of her ears. She will probably be having a more involved surgery on her other ear in a couple of weeks. Please pray that these surgeries will help her hearing and help lessen ear infections, etc. She was feeling great this afternoon when I saw her. She was having to be reminded not to get too active! Ahhhhhhhh to be young and bounce back so quickly! The last I saw of her and her siblings, they were all four following a toad around on their patio. Giggles galore! Ahhhhhhh to be 7, 5, 3, and 1!
Monday, April 27, 2009
I asked Woody earlier if he was in pain and he thought a minute and then said that he wasn't. He is resting at the moment...supposedly watching the nightly news...but I'm not sure that he is hearing all that is going on in the world! Rest is probably more important!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
He went to the library this morning--which over the years has been part of his normal Saturday routine. He stopped and got some more tomato plants as something has been nibbling on a some of the plants that are already planted. We are leaving most of the gardening to our neighbors (Nathan and family) this year. As a matter of fact, Graham, our 7-year-old grandson, planted all the tomatoes. We're calling him "Farmer Graham."
This afternoon and evening Woody has read, watched DVD's he checked out at the library and also watched a baseball game.
So all in all a pretty normal/quiet Saturday.
His upper arm is hurting. He feels that it is from the radiation. He says that the hurting is part on the inside of his arm and part on the outside. His back in the shoulder blade area still bothers him--that is the area that Dr. Sosman did a needle biopsy in Dec. and found melanoma.
Friday, April 24, 2009
After his treatment he did our grocery shopping. That's the first time in several months that he has done more than just pick up a couple of items for me at the store.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Tonight he is having pain in his left shoulder blade--enough that he has given in to taking some pain medication (of late he has rarely taken anything for pain).
Please continue to pray for the radiation to be doing what it needs to do and that it not cause burns. And also pray for the pain to be alleviated that he is currently experiencing.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Woody didn't sleep well last night. So he got up around 4am and walked for a couple of hours. I think that he hoped that this would let him sleep some during the day, but I don't think that he did. He went to the library and then has spent most of the rest of the day in his recliner reading and watching TV. I hope that he will be able to sleep tonight.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Today has been a rough weather day here in middle Tennessee...very harrowing. Our son and family (our next door neighbors) left this morning to go on a ministry trip. Since we were due for rough weather, I tried to follow the radar on the computer to keep them up to date. The timing of their trip kept them away from tornadic weather--they "just" experienced rain. When I turned on the TV to watch the Nashville coverage of the storms, I saw Murfreesboro was under a tornado warning. Our daughter and family live in Murfreesboro so I called them to be sure that they knew that storms were on the way and made sure that they had their TV on to stations reporting the weather. For those of you that don't live in the area--Murfreesboro was the TN city that was on the national news this evening due to the many tornados that swept through today. They are safe from the storm damage...but they were really almost too close for comfort! After calling them, I called the travelers to see where they were and to report on the weather in their area...so with road atlas and radar on the computer I reported to them where the heavy weather was...did that several times as they traveled north to Kentucky. I talked to Woody after he got back to work from his radiation treatment and reported on the safety of our children. While we were talking the warning sirens started going off at his work so he had to go to a safe place out at work. I decided that it was time for me to check on my safety from the tornados. Not too long after I talked to Woody the storm warning sirens started going off in Tullahoma. So I headed to one of our safe places (the downstairs bathroom) taking three different phones and the laptop and turned up the TV so I could hear weather reports. We started having hail--not a good sign when there are tornado warnings. And...then I heard on the Nashville station giving areas of Tullahoma where circulation was indicated on their radar...well, when you hear your subdivision being mentioned...it is an eerie feeling! But all passed us by and we are safe and sound. Not so for so many families in Murfreesboro--at least 100 homes destroyed...so sad to see such devastation. And so sad to hear of the death of a mother and her young baby. Our prayers need to be with all of the families who have suffered losses.
So far Woody isn't feeling any effects from the radiation that he knows of--unless it is being really tired--he has really been "out of it " this evening--slept most of it away! Hope that he can sleep tonight!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
He is still itchy!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
They erased the old marks and remarked him today. Today they filmed (xrayed) him using a linear accelerator. This is the same machine that will be used to do the radiation. All this was in preparation for his first radiation treatment tomorrow (April 9th).
Be in prayer that the radiation is being aimed where it needs to go to stop any regrowth of the melanoma in the bone. Also be in prayer that these treatments won't burn him. There is always a possibility of burns with radiation. Dr. Bradford said that Woody would probably be burned in one spot--but his assistant today said that Woody wouldn't necessarily be burned. I'm praying for the latter!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The blog has been very therapeutic for me as it has helped me cope with all that has been going on around us. It is good to write down what happens each day...especially those days in the hospital. Sometimes I am amazed that certain things actually happened...a lot doesn't seem possible...like a dream...a bad dream at times! The blog has really helped us get information about Woody to a lot of people without having to be on the phone all the time. And I am using the blog like a diary for us, as I often look back to see what happened exactly when. I am capturing all the blogs in word documents so I can refer to them on down the road...if this site should ever disappear I will still have what I have written.
Woody is still waiting to hear from the radiologist. I personally don't like this waiting and want to get the show on the road since it looks like radiation has to happen. Woody is scheduled to have a CAT scan at Vandy on April 21st...looks like that will have to be postponed since the radiation won't be completed by then. Woody is planning to call the radiologist's office tomorrow if they haven't called us first. So maybe I will know something to tell you tomorrow.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
I think that he is making a great come back from his treatments. This seemed more like a "normal" Saturday for us. Unfortunately, I do have to add that he is still itchy!
Friday, April 3, 2009
We have been a lively pair this evening...Woody dozed in his recliner and I dozed on the couch. I know that adding the scan onto Woody's day wore Woody out...I'm not sure what my excuse is!
His skin seems less scaly and peely...but the itching is still with him...to me his itching seems less, though I'm not sure that he would agree with me on that point! Most of his itching now seems to be on his lower legs...so maybe it is working its way down and out. He said that he didn't sleep very well last night...so hopefully he will be able to sleep tonight. At least tomorrow he will be able to rest and relax all day.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Last night Woody said that slept better than he had in a while. He took benadryl before going to bed and he said that when he woke up this morning that he didn't feel itchy. Woody walked again at lunch time today. Again he had the burning pain/itch in his lower legs. His shoulder area on his back is giving him some pain tonight. This is in the area that Dr. Sosman did a needle biopsy some time back that showed melanoma.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Another sign of normal: today Woody arranged to start teaching his eighth grade boys' Sunday School class this Sunday.
The normal for me today was that I actually did some sewing for the first time in quite a while.
It's good to see a few "normal things" return in our lives--"things" have been pretty topsy-turvy for some months now!
Another normal, at least lately, for Woody is that he is still itchy. He said that after his walk that his legs under his socks itched so badly that they felt like they were on fire.
Woody called the radiologist's office today to make sure that the PET scan/radiation treatments would be covered by our insurance. As of 4pm the office hadn't heard back from the insurance company so they rescheduled the scan for Friday. Dr. Sosman's office got back with me around 5pm and said that the dyes used in the PET scan wouldn't be a problem. So now we wait for the insurance to make a decision. And, for the first time in a day and a half, I'm not waiting for a doctor's office to call!
Pray for God's will for the right decisions for the radiation--on the part of the insurance co., on our part, and on the doctor's part.