Thursday, June 10, 2010

Meeting with Oncology

We meet with the oncologist today to get the information about the CT scan and what comes next. The tumor in the liver has grown some but the tumor in the gall bladder has about doubled in size. It is now about 7 1/2 cm. We discussed the chemo options. The first type of chemo they tried was they type that was most likely to succeed. When it failed they went to the second most likely. We are now on our third type. The decision was made to wait on the tablet form of chemo until we check to see if there are any clinical trials, that will take him. We are checking with NIH and Johns Hopkins. When we have heard back from both of them, we will meet and decide where to go from here.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Bad News

Stan got a call from his oncologist today. The chemo he is on is not working. Stan took it pretty hard. He will start Tarceva on Thursday. It is a tablet form of chemo. We can only hope for the best. It was wonderful to come home to a bowl of mulberries on the front step. Thank you Amanda and family.

Sunday, June 6, 2010


I wasn't going to update the blog until we had more information about the CT scan, but this was too good to pass up. Yesterday we were driving to the hardward store to get material to finish the deck. When we were sitting at a light, I noticed a mulberry tree dropping it's fruit all over the sidewalk. Stan loves mulberries. We talked about the many times he would come home from a walk with purple hands and face. Because he hasn't taken walks this summer he has not eaten any mulberries. When we got home Stan sat out on the deck to rest. A little while latter he came in and said, "Look at this". There in his had was a perfect little mulberry with it's stem. Knowing we didn't have any trees I asked him where he got it. As he was sitting on the deck it fell out of the sky onto his lap. Birds fly over and leave their poop but I have never have them leave their food. I have always been told, He has no had but our hands, I think he may have more than our hands. Have a wonderful day.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Warm Weather

Stan had a CT scan today. We will find out the results next Thursday. He has been pretty sick today. I think it was mainly the two big bottles of thick milky stuff he has to drink for the scan. I am so glad it is summer. Stan gets cold very easy. The 80 - 90 degree weather we are having, has made him feel more comfortable. Monday 5/30, we went to Mount Vernon with a niece and her two sons, that were visiting from Idaho. I can't think of a better place to be, than the home of George Washington, our founding father on Memorial Day. We had a wonderful time. Stan is still going to work. Some days he comes home pretty tired but he has such a drive to keep going. Your prayers and well wishes are greatly appreciated.