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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Round 2 Cycle 4

Hello everyone, short update. Mom is doing well, no swelling of her feet after chemo this Friday.
We're awaiting an appointment with the radiation oncologist this Tuesday. Parveen is going with mom.

Since the tumor showed no change but no new sites of disease they may try using both methods to combat her disease/manage it.

Dr. A did mention that radiation makes people sick and I wouldn't want that, the family also agrees. She is doing well with chemo, household chores, cooking rice, laundry. We are content with this increase in quality of life. We want to keep it this way.

But Dr. A didn't want us to think he isn't doing everything he can and that he's keeping options from us so that is why the trip to the radiation doc was booked.

If anyone has read any good papers or studies on radiation and its benefits to PC patients, please feel free to e-mail them to me.


Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day

Today we celebrated a very nice mother's day weekend. I spent one day with Dan's family for Karen Saturday night and today Dan came over and spent time with my family. There was BBQ with shrimp, spicy chicken sausage, lamb chops, pasta salad (made out of orzo, feta, and cherry tomatoes), and Parveen baked a banana cream pie.

I gave mom some Crabtree and Evelyn hand therapy lotion because her skin can get so dry (in general it's always been dry but the chemo they said would make it worse).
For aunt I got her a beauty gift certificate and Parveen got her a mani pedi. On Saturday I went out with Parveen to get mom's haircut (which was Parveen's present to my mom). It was great.

The hairdresser was very emotional seeing mom and doing her hair again. We've gone to Debbie FOREVER because Uncle's mom Alice used to go get her hair cut by Debbie.

She's not loosing hair rapidly because of the chemo; she's always had fine hair. But it is thinning out a bit but that's OK she has so many pretty scarves she can wear if it comes to that. I'm not sure about this because Gemzar doesn't actively cause hair loss the way other chemotherapy does.

It was very nice to have dinner with everyone and have a day when the mothers didn't have to work hard or feed us. We thought about doing burgers but Jeff said to Parveen "your mom always cooks, we'll make different things" (aunt has a burger recipe that we love and she always makes the burgers and Jeff grills them).

I had a hard time getting them to relax and sit down and do nothing. I have to say I failed but that's OK they just don't know how to sit still and relax for an entire day. It's just not how they're wired.

Anyway I hope everyone had a good mothers day, that is if they celebrate it. I'm definitely very lucky to have my mom and aunt. I may not be a perfect little girl all the time but I do tell them this all the time.