02/27/2016~ It is hard to believe the rest period will be over, on Monday, for on Monday, 02/29/2016, Jim starts on a new Chemotherapy cycle.
They say the good news is that Jim seems to have beat all the complications that hindered his chemotherapy treatments. His kidneys are working, his liver is almost normal, and his Cardiologist (heart doctor) says they could probably remove his Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD), which Jim calls his pacemaker, but they won’t just yet because removing it can cause complications. We do not want complications!
The Oncologist (cancer doctor), said it was time to get aggressive with the chemo… Now we are both nervous about Monday’s chemo.
With all the good news, it’s hard not to get over-excited, but then all one has to do is look at him and know that he has lost 45 pounds in just four months. He usually weighed approximately 210 pounds, last week he weighed 176 and now he weighs in at 165. The words of his Nephrologist (one of his kidney doctors), uttered two weeks ago, continue to invade my thoughts.
“Mr. Vogel, you are still a very sick man.”