Yesterday, the lab results looked pretty good. Ford's sodium levels did not drop as much as in the previous two treatments. It took us a while to get the results and took a bit longer to drive home, but we made it back to Provo. Home, Sweet Home!
Ford is doing well today. I am not sure if we are getting into the routine of chemo treatments and the trips to SLC, or if Ford can see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, or what, but he seems to have handled this round of treatment the best of any. Any nausea has been very mild. While on the prednisone for 4 days after treatment, his taste is off a bit and he has a very hard time winding down to sleep. He understands that this is not an unusual occurrence with this med. That is the toughest he has had to deal with so far.
The doctors at the HCI indicated that they are looking at the 6th treatment being the last of this series. Then, pending the follow-up tests and comparisons, we will see. Dr. Pollack ends his fellowship at the HCI at the end of June. Dr. Glen will remain Ford's oncologist for how ever long it takes. We don't know yet if we get another Fellow after Dr. P. leaves.
Dr. Alward (pulmonologist) checked in this morning to let us know that he reviewed the scans and is very pleased. He, too, said that whatever the masses/lesions were, they are receding. I asked about any concern with scarring. He said that scarring is normal and will not impair Ford's lung function.
Now we try to keep from being around any one contagious with anything. Round #6 is on the schedule for 16 June 2009.