I started an update this morning with the title “I need a bigger umbrella” (thanks Karen Corbett for that quote!) but then….realized that there was already a rainbow shining bright.
Blake was all set to enjoy hanging out with his cousins today at Knott’s Berry Farm for some Spring Break fun! The weather is beautiful and the day was set to be perfect….EXCEPT he woke up with a sore throat. A very, very sore throat. And a fever. And since he has had Strep throat a few times this past year, he immediately told me he thought that’s what it was. So an early morning text to let Uncle know he couldn’t go on their fun adventure…and a call to Kaiser to schedule an appointment for Blake to get a strep test started the day. Strep is highly contagious and of course with Kevin on chemotherapy I immediately start to panic about him getting it too.
The rain: Blake does have strep throat.
Kevin had some blood work done earlier this week and his white blood count had begun rebounding from his first 5 days of chemotherapy so the oncologist wasn’t so concerned. She advised me to just keep them apart and use good hygiene and not panic. I’m kind of failing in that area today.
Kevin is still very wiped out and tired…but overall feeling ok.
Blake got his antibiotics first thing this morning, so by tomorrow he should be feeling better and should not be contagious. We will keep him and Kevin at a distance a few extra days to be safe, but I do feel hopeful that we caught it quickly and got the antibiotics started right away so hopefully Kevin will not be effected.
The Rainbow: Signs that chemotherapy has begun to work
When Kevin was having chemotherapy on Tuesday, he had blood work done to look for several things. Some of the things that are being watched are called tumor markers. There are 3 tumor markers that are looked at for his type of cancer. One of those has been close to normal range from the beginning. One was very slightly elevated. And the third one had a number that was off the charts. A normal number for this marker for someone without cancer is less than 2.5. His result of this marker when we entered the hospital was about 520,000. Before we left when it was retested it was over 600,000! This week, this marker level has gone down 65% to 211,000! There is still a long way to go to reach normal range….but a 65% reduction after the first round of chemotherapy is a rainbow on our day. Certainly, even a cause for celebration! Knowing that chemotherapy is doing something (other than make Kevin tired and feel crappy.) gives him increased strength to move on to the next week of chemotherapy and takes us a step closer to the victory in this battle!
Our first medical indication that Kevin is kicking cancer’s ass!
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1 Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,