Posted 1/16/2016 9:58 PM (GMT -6)
Didn't realize its been as long as it has since my last update. I apologize, between being overwhelmed, depressed, and busy with life during the holiday and post holiday stuff - just got away from me.
Nothing really positive to report.
Latest from stomach doctor/surgeon - there is nothing that can be done. It's just a continuation of on-going radiation damage, now effecting my lower bowels, and it will only worsen over time. Its only a question of time before I deal with still another obstruction issue. When it happens, it will either self-resolve, or it may require more surgery.
Still waiting for final report from dermatologist about my scalp - whether cancer is playing into it, and whether the infections has been cured.
On my kidney bleeding - no easy answer there. Specialist, what a surprise, attributes it all to on-going radiation damage. Next time I have a major bleeding event - he will look again. Scans currently show nothing, yet they bleed regularly. He did note that both my tubes from the kidneys are slowly but surely closing over from scarring. This will present a significant problem in the future.
And on top of all this good news, been fighting a terrible head cold, probably first cold I have had in over 10 years. Forgot how miserable it can make one feel. Just makes all my chronic pain points hurt 10x worse than normal. Hardly able to sleep at all.
Wife is leaving for a week vacation in Florida at 8 in the morning, ,got to drive her to the airport. I am unable to go, so I hope at least she has a good time.
I recently sold my Fiat Abarth back to the Fiat dealer for cash. And then bought a 2015 Ford Taurus Limited from a local Ford dealer. Hated to give up my fast little car, but my body could no longer take the constant pounding from being so stiff a ride, and the endless stick shifting, etc. So back in a big, plush, comfy car. At least that takes some stress off of me, took me a few months of denial to finally admit this to myself, but in the end, I know it was the right decision.
Finally, the big rise in my PSA that the VA noted was not an anomaly as hoped. It was re-tested by my oncologist a month ago, and not only had it risen, but it had risen by another 4 full points over what the VA said. So my PSA once again is way up double digit whole numbers, and rising fast again. Right now, I refuse to think about options, and will wait until my March appointment to discuss what, if anything, to do.
Kind of why I hate posting, not too full of happy stories to share.