Monday morning: Sherryl received a call from Nancy this morning and learned that her tumor marker has dropped from
283 383 to 127! Her tumor marker has not been that low in a very long time. (To follow the history of Sherryl's tumor marker, click here.) She is thrilled beyond words, and so are the rest of us! And now it's on with our lovely holiday season!
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The following update was written before Nancy's call to Sherryl.
RaRa is feeling so great these days that she just keeps going. In fact, she is wearing us all out! Her level of energy could not be more perfectly timed as there is always much to do during the holiday season. Decorating, gift-buying and wrapping, and food preparation are on the docket for both home and day care this week, and RaRa is on schedule to finish it all in time for the big day. Hurray for her!
Sherryl saw Nancy last Thursday and, after learning Sherryl's experiences over the past couple of weeks, a few options are on the table relative to chemotherapy treatment. The dosage can be lowered or the schedule can be rearranged. For the latter, what is currently 3 weeks on and 1 week off would change to perhaps 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off.
Sherryl and Nancy also discussed Zometa, which is causing some havoc with Sherryl's knees. Based on new information Nancy learned at a recent conference, changes in the prescribed treatment plan are being considered here, too.
As for blood work, tests show that, although she is not anemic, Sherryl's white blood cell count is low. She was told this is not uncommon and she only needs to continue prescribed therapies; there are no related proactive opportunities to improve the count. Sherryl had her blood drawn last week, too, which she has come to refer to as "giving blood." She should learn very soon the most current tumor marker.
She has two appointments scheduled for next week: "giving blood" on Christmas Eve and a round of chemotherapy the day after Christmas. In the meantime, be assured that RaRa is making spirits bright!
Our cousin Marie is doing a bit better, so thank you all for the prayers you're sending her way. They are working and very much appreciated. And, thanks to connections our Auntie Pattie makes with just about everyone in the world, Sherryl received an email from one of our cousins in Ireland!
For those of you visiting from "the old country," lest you think we've forgotten our roots, we've not! We're queuing up an Irish version of our mother Anna Mae's favorite Christmas carol, we're handing out hankies to Auntie Pattie and a few of us cousins who are known to cry at the drop of a hat (ahem, we'll start with Arleen, Nadine, Marie, and Jeanette, then others will join us!), and we're wishing an early Merry Christmas to those of you across the sea!
In honor of our relatives in Ireland, here are the Celtic Women performing "Oh Holy Night."