I found out early in the week that insurance approved treatment for me to get the DTIC chemo. That's the medicine my doctor recommended, based on the results of my genetic test. It's a chemo not normally used to treat colon cancer. But there's a decent shot it will work on me. It's exciting and surprising that the insurance approved it, since it's not "standard therapy" for my type of cancer. Insurance can really suck. They can't, how do you say it in English, "think outside the box". That's another story.
My son graduated from preschool Wednesday. (Adorable! They wore yellow graduation caps and collected a diploma while "Pomp and Circumstance" played.) My daughter finished up kindergarten today. (Heartbreaking! How she cried! She loves that school.)
I was scheduled to start the new chemo this Friday.
But-- I felt a little "off" last weekend. And itchy. All over. My upper right side was a little sore. I thought, wait a second. Bilirubin makes you itchy. (Bilirubin is a pigment found in bile and blood, I think. It's supposed to drain out of you via your liver's bile duct, but if it stays in you and doesn't drain, you turn kind of yellowish, and you feel itchy.) I called my doc. He ordered a liver ultrasound on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, I got a call from the hospital to pre-register me for my "procedure on Thursday". A procedure at the hospital? What a fun surprise for Shelly!
So, I am going to have a little surgery this very afternoon. The common bile duct in my liver is being squeezed because of that tiny tumor outside my liver, the one that recently grew a bit. So the bilirubin isn't draining, and I'm turning a little yellow. They are going to put a stent in my bile duct to open that sucker up. Then, the crap will drain as it should, and I will turn back into my all-American, peaches-and-cream self.
They aren't going to cut me open (for once!). They put a scope down my throat and can reach my liver that way. Amazing, isn't it? But I will get general an
Also, hopefully, this side ache will go away. Have you ever felt liver pain before? Probably not--I hadn't! It's not the best. Not awful, just a dull ache, like someone socked you in the gut and it doesn't ever ease up.
I won't start chemo this Friday. I'm going to reschedule it for next Wednesday.
Think good thoughts for me at 4:15 PST.