Sunday, August 23, 2009

Ready, Set, Go!

Tonight our fingers are crossed for Dave.
He will be making another trip to the doctor's office for some tests tomorrow. I believe he will have a CT scan, ultrasound, and blood work done tomorrow to see what the TheraSphere treatment and lymphnode radiation has done.

Here is a picture of Dave from tonight. We also have some video footage that Kaylene's son Trevor took. I will upload it as soon as I get it.
This picture shows how skinny he has gotten!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Just keep on keepin' on!

Dave had the TheraSphere treatment last Monday July 27. As far as we can tell, everything went well. He has been very tired and dizzy. After the treatment, Dave was given steriods because of the high level of radiation in his body. (I think the steriods were intended to help his energy level and keep him from feeling too much of the effects of the TheraSphere.) Because of the steriods, however, Dave's blood sugar is way too high and that is making him dizzy. His doctor told him that he should take the medication he had been taking for diabetes but that he should double to dose. He should be feeling better soon.

As for the TheraSphere, the doctors would like for him to have another dose but they aren't sure that will be possible. During the first dose 13% of the radiation went into his lungs (due to some blood vessel damage) and while this one didn't harm him, 13% is borderline. By the time they are ready to do the second dose they would have to do another mapping procedure to see how much of the radiation would get into his lungs and they don't think that the percentage will be low enough. (They think too much will leak into his lungs.)

Dave has an appointment to have a CT scan, ultrasound, and blood work done on August 24. The CT scan may actually show that the tumor hasn't changed. (That's normal for the first scan.) But hopefully the blood work will show some positive signs.

As for Dave he just keeps on keepin' on.
Thanks for your love, support, and prayers.
God Bless