All is stable at the Weaver Household. At least stable as compared to the last few months. Looking back since October 17th, the day Dr. Loukas told us that the chemo treatments were failing to keep the tumors in check, I realized we’d spent nearly 100% of our time dealing with issues associated with treatment. November all but disappeared on us. But, today, she’s stable. In fact we actually lowered her pain dosage down yet again. As of now it’s at 0.7 mg/hr (vs. 1.3 mg/hr when we went to MD Anderson.) Nausea, however, continues to be a real problem.
Yesterday morning we lowered the pain dosage down to 1.0 mg/hr and we waited. We ran some morning errands and picked up a ton of vegetables for our juicer. Yes, we now have a juicer, a fact which will have many people jumping for joy for some reason. So, for lunch, we had a juicer-made drinks and other vegetarian-like stuff. The juice was ok, albeit we overdid the beets a bit. And everything was fine until about 2PM when Maggie lost her lunch, some in the bathtub where she was relaxing and the rest in the toilet where it belonged. She said she wasn’t nauseous but just suddenly she had a lot of pressure and blam! Out it came. Very odd, this new nausea. Laying down after the fact she said she didn’t know what was worse – laying around nauseas all day without throwing up or having no nausea but instant surprise pukes. Either way, we don’t understand it and it ain’t real fun. But, hey! No pain. We’ll take that.
This morning we lowered the pain dosage down again, to 0.7 mg/hr. As of now Maggie says she hasn’t had any pain to speak of. Great stuff. Later today we’ll try for a lower dose again, say, 05. mg/hr. We figure that somewhere we’ll hit the dose where her back starts hurting again. But heck, we’ve almost halved the amount of that stuff in her body already. I’d say that’s great!
Next week Maggie’s headed back to MD Anderson for her second hepatic arterial infusion (HAI). We’ve made the very difficult choice to have me stay home this time. Instead, Mom Mary is graciously taking time off work to care for my baby. I’m glad that we have this option and I know Mary is happy to help out. We made this decision because, as has been mentioned, all we’ve done over the last few months is deal with the latest health crisis. What I’ve not done is feed my fledgling business and it’s at risk of being still-born. Next week – work, work, work. And try not to worry.