Spent some time today wishing this whole thing was just an April Fool’s joke….but alas, it is not.
Kevin had a follow up today with the urologist who did the surgery back on March 12. Thankfully he has healed really well and has not had any complications from the surgery. There were a few potential concerns with how he would heal considering he was receiving chemotherapy only 4 days after the surgery, but God was on his side and allowed his body to heal without complications, in spite of the attack laid against his body via the chemotherapy.
Today was also Kevin’s third week of chemotherapy. It was his last dose of a medication called Bleomycin. Last week, our oncologist told us she had consulted with Dr. Einhorn, THE MAN who has spent his career working on curing testicular cancer. Dr. Einhorn developed the protocol that took testicular cancer from being an almost always deadly disease, to being an very treatable and often curable disease. He was the oncologist who treated Lance Armstrong (after he consulted with a few other doctors). Dr. Einhorn suggested that she change the regimen of chemotherapy that Kevin receives so with the start of his next round of chemotherapy, he will be receiving infusions of a different set of medications. The new regimen is likely to make him feel worse then the current one, but the hope is that it will have less potential to do any damage to his lungs and that it will be more successful in the treatment of his cancer.
Kevin will be going to Kaiser in LA for a consultation but not until his next round of 5 days of chemotherapy is completed. So starting next Monday, April 7-11 Kevin will be admitted back into CMH for 5 days of chemotherapy. It is our hope that everything goes smoothly and we are in and out in 5 days only. The benefit of receiving treatment at the Sunset facility is that all the best Kaiser specialists are there, so we will have access to the best Kaiser has to offer. And all the specialist will be within the Kaiser network and will have an easier time working together on the case.
In the meantime, for the rest of this week we have no additional appointments that we know of, so please feel free to stop by! If you need the address please text me at 805.637.5134.
Some of you may have seen that Kevin wanted to get out yesterday for some fresh air. It was so good to get out as a family even for a brief time! We drove up to the cross and he sat on a bench looking at the beautiful view while the kids ran around. It was a beautiful day and was nice to be outside to enjoy it a bit.
Prayer requests today include: keep the girls safe on their Spring Break Missions trip to Mexico, keep side effects to a minimum from today’s chemotherapy, and keep us all strong to fight this fight!
With much love and gratitude to all of you,