After the disappointing Tuesday meeting with Dr. Cunningham,where he suggested the chemo was proving ineffective, Thursday, Dr. Chen negated practically everything Dr. Cunningham said. Dr. Chen informed us that the most recent CEA blood test was 6.4, and this was down from a previous reading of 16 after one infusion of Erbitux and 5FU Leucovorin! That sounds pretty effective to me! In addition, Dr. Chen re-started the TPN to help me stay hydrated and insure extra nutrition. We are praising God for these blessings and looking forward to what God has in store for us. We are to set our hope on the Lord's mercies and blessings, but we're also thankful for the instruments God uses as channels of hope!
Due to a critically low hematocrit of 23 on Thursday, I received 2 units of blood yesterday and have had more energy today as a result. On Monday, I will undergo a CT scan at 8:00AM at St. Joseph's Outpatient Radiology; please pray that the findings would furnish further cause for hope. Pray the scan may reveal the source of the hiccups that are on going. At times they are so severe I must struggle for my breath! I am getting some relief from a medication that gives me up to four hours hiccup free, God be praised! But we'd like to find a permanent answer!