No treatment today at The Spa. Yeah, surprised us, too! Maggie’s CEA has dropped! Down to 3.7. What the heck? It’s up, it’s down… no logic, it seems to follow but Dr. Loukas wants to re-test on Wednesday and if it’s up, change to the new chemo, but if it’s down or the same, stick with the old chemo. So, treatment Wednesday one way or another. Happily, we’ve got yet another unexpected and good situation. Let me explain….
If it can be avoided, we definitely don’t want to switch treatments, but for a more unpleasant reason than you’d expect. As I’ve mentioned before, there are only so many useful types (or recipes) of chemo and the list is not very long – I only know of two (hopefully Dr. Loukas has a bigger recipe book than I do!) And here’s the really bad part. Once one recipe is used it can’t typically be used again with much success. Essentially, it’s usefulness is lost. And once we’ve made it through the short list of chemo types, we have a much different situation than the one we have now.
The Xeloda / CPT-11 mix has been working dandily since we started back in late January. We’d love for it to continue to work for a long time into the future. Hopefully, just hopefully, it’s still working and we just had a little hick-up. That’d be real cool by me.
So, not too long ago we were running low on options and our last bit of good news was a distance memory. Recently, it seems like the sun has come out from behind the clouds and shined a little light on us. Maybe this really is the turning point. You know, that place in the movie where the plot switches over to resolving all the dramatic tension that’s been built up. I hope so. While this roller coaster has made me stronger it’s certainly been jostling my insides around. But if it the turning point, I sure look forward to the denouement, sitting in a rocking chair on a porch holding Maggie’s hand and shouting a little too loudly in a raspy voice, “Honey, you ‘member that crappy summer of ’07?”
(If anyone sees signs of anything different, don’t tell me. I’m caught in the moment.)