mpbser wrote:Husband was not told to suspend the aspirin while he was on chemo. Thanks for the heads up. I will look into that. Husband probably has 2 - 4 more rounds. He's leaning towards 2, but we'll see what the docs say Feb 23rd.
I'm glad he's doing well. I really am. But I am just wiped out. I have my own health concerns that I have put on hold for months now while dealing with his. The next couple of months are completely filled with my work which is unfortunately the burden of my career. I work at home and he is often working at his company downstairs (or else in a nearby city at other business locations). So he is in and out all day while I need to concentrate. I need to get my carotid IMT (intima media thickness) measured by sonogram as soon as I get a break in my schedule. I was supposed to have it done in December. My lifestyle (not nearly exercising enough or eating well enough lately and last year's results showed a huge reversal in all the gains I made prior to meeting husband) tells me that I am not going to get good results.
I fear there is going to be a point in the not too distant future where I need to separate for my health and well being. My mother died at an age about a year or so from my age right now of massive stroke from blood clot that broke off from her left carotid. I have her inherited genetic mutation that predisposes me to hypercoagulation (sp?). If the IMT results show that the plaque has reached "vulnerable" territory, then something absolutely has to change. It will literally be a matter of life or death.
I know you and others are doing the long-term support thing and that's rough on your health and you have to be around for him at some level.
My wife is in Singapore for seven weeks. She sent me a picture a few days ago and she looks a lot better. She told me that all of her skin issues have gone away and I imagine that she's getting in a lot of walking as it's a city environment. She is taking care of some business matters and meeting with friends and relatives. My daughter is helping me out with care in her absence, and, my wife may not have said so but I think that she likes the break from care and a warm, change of scenery, and some amount of freedom. I wouldn't mind being there right now myself.
I'm trying to keep up with my work or even get ahead because I certainly need the insurance. So I know about the work treadmill. We have much better drugs and treatments but the best treatments are the ones that you never need. I do get a little help from friends as well but I try to use favors sparingly. It is surprising on the number of offers to help though. I hope that you get some break time soon.
6/23/17: ER rectal bleeding; Colonoscopy
7/13: Stage 3B rectal. T3N1bM0. 5.2 x 4.5 x 4.3 cm. Lymphs: 6 x 4 mm, 8 x 6, 5 x 5
7/31-9/8: Xeloda 3,400 mg/day+radiation
7/5: CEA 2.7; 8/16: 1.9; 9/8: 1.8; 11/30: 0.6; 12/20 1.4
MSS, KRAS G12D
10/6: 2.7 x 2.2 x 1.6 cm (-90%). Lymphs: 3 x 3 mm (-62.5%), 4 x 3 (-75%), 5 x 3 (-40%). 5.1 CM from AV
10/30: LAR, Temp Ileostomy, Path Complete Response
12/20: Started CapeOx