3/23/2001 After my log yesterday, I received 2 units of blood which made me perk up a bit and prepares me for this chemo round. The chemo therapy lowers your red and white cells, so now that I have more cells, I'm feeling a bit better today. My leg and back are a bit sore from my lumbar puncture, but Im doing ok with pain management. My checkout date is tenatively monday morning, should be finishing the chemo sunday night. Mom and Dad are hanging in there, staying right across the street at the university center hotel. Thank you for your emails and phone calls, even emails from some strangers Ive never met is really heart warming.
3/22/2001 Round 3 day one.... Well, Im getting the hang of this, :) Starting to recognizes faces and names. The care here is still so wonderful it is amazing.. Dr. "Chris" , you can find him at notgaychris.com :) lol just a little gay humor, what an amazing guy. Sure makes me feel old, Im telling ya the staff here is a bunch of models, male and female, running around in lab coats, and today, Dr. "Suma" did my lumbar puncture and did a great job! She told me I would feel a little prick, Can you believe that I thought she said something else??? :) Yippeee she got it! And Doctor "Sherri", well, just to let ya know, my palm pilot is in color, but I think her's is wireless... Im jealous... We did some beaming .... so we bonded! Such pretty girls around here, wish I was a lesbian. This group of doctors and nurses have such a great sense of humor. Well my spirits are good, and surrounded by great people. Still doing good..... I'll check in later.... Chris
3/21/2001 We made it to Gainesville. First Stop was to Dr. Lynch's office. He looked at my most recent cat scan from Monday and is very pleased. He said that there is almost no trace of anything seen. Still waiting on the final word from the radiologist, but it looks great so far Tommorrow AM I will be admitted again for Round #3 of chemo. They are talking about the posiiblity of a stem cell transplant, but not sure yet. The transplant team will evaluate me somtime this weekend. And I probably will have some blood this time since the last time kicked my butt. I must say though, things are looking good so far, might not need it. Mom and Dad are here this time, we all went out to dinner at a great restaurant called Mark's; I recommend it highly! Let ya know tommorrow from the hospital whats up! I have my cell there if ya get lonely, 561-913-0691. Love, Chris.....
3/20/2001 I got through
the worst of it, for round #2. I feel better, my lips have color
again. And Im not having to use that handicapped permit now.
Since the 15th I underwent my first accupuncture treatment. Oh My God,
it was great. Thank you Lilly Diamond at Diamond healing, (At essentials
in healing in Vero). Unbelievable. Im kinda starting to mix
Eastern Medicine, with Western, including Massage, Accupuncture, and some
chinese herbs with the Chemo. Tell ya what, I feel better.
Even stopped by my old PV Martins the other day and actually helped out
for about 30 minutes. Was good to get the old blood and sweat pumping
again. (Hi Ernst, Ali, Diane, Velma, and the Gang). Yesterday
I had my cat Scan, went good. What I could see was a decrease in
the cancer, but I aint no radiologist, so by tommorrow I should know the
"official" word. We leave tommorrow morning for Gainesville
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