Session 2 in my own words

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First off sorry for the delay. If anyone hates to WAIT, I am certainly that person. So my apologies for making you wait, but hey, I do have CANCER and I am finding what I want to do and what I can do in a timely fashion mostly are different.

Lisa does a great job and by no means is she being replaced, I just had a looooooooooonnnnnnnnnngggggggggg two weeks and I have a lot to share. I have been going to USC since September, and in that time I have been in a lot of different rooms, all small. There are, however, larger rooms available. The larger rooms are available for Bone Marrow Transplant patients, because they are in hospital so much longer . I am a BMT patient and until this week it as never worked out for us to get  a larger room. We went in to the hospital on Friday, and finally upgraded on our first Sunday. The room has 2 visitor chairs, space for two patients, (they never double occupy here) and a sofa fold out to full size bed. The bathroom is much larger as well.  Of course the room is equipped with a special Hepa filter for my protection.  I, affectionately referred to the machine as R2D2, though there was not much ‘affection’.  This sucker was LOUD and annoying. How we ever fell asleep is amazing. At one point I was so annoyed I downloaded a decibel meter on my phone and found it was 84 decibels constantly 24/7.

R2D2

R2D2

Session 1, we were in 3 rooms in the first nights we were there.  Session 2 we were in 4 rooms the first 3 days we were there. The first night we were moved because the unit we were placed in was shutting down to reduce staffing, since the patient load was lower than expected. The second night we had to move from room 2 to 3 because our sink broke, and no maintenance was available. All the nurses and doctors knew we hoped for a bigger room. They even relocated a patient a day early to vacate the larger room, so we could be accommodated. It was really nice to have the extra room.

Larger room 3310, notice the Patagonia Blakets

Larger room 3310, notice the Patagonia blankets

We would like to thank Mary Looby for her meal the week before we went in, and the comfortable Patagonia blankets we enjoyed every night in the hospital. Thank you.

If you are reading this you already know session one was MISERABLE for me. I absolutely dreaded returning and the week I had off, besides being able to see Brianna play her last two volleyball games, I was unable to relax and paralyzed by fear of returning for another session.  This session was much easier than expected….Thank GOD.

Session one we also saw the rotation of some good doctors out and new ones came in. Now it is time for them to rotate out again, so when we return new doctors will have to be broken in, (not an easy job).  The nurses and doctors @ USC are top notch, they all take a real personal interest in me and Lisa, I am sure they do for all of the patients.  We really feel a connection with all of them, a new family.

Session 2 also brought Lisa’s mom Donna (affectionately referred to as NOONA) she stayed with the kids from Nov. 1 – 15th same day of my release. When I am in the Hospital I miss lots of things, Brianna had a choir dinner show I was able to see some videos, she was great. I was there in spirit. My DAD came down for a tour and supply drop so this allowed Lisa to go up and see the show. Supplies included butterscotch, and tapioca puddings, Pringles, and some mixed fruit cups, much appreciated.

I also missed the release of the newest CALL of DUTY – Advanced Warfighter game for XBOX.  This is an annual event I usually am one of those people that wait in line at midnight for the pre-release of the game so I can go right home and start playing.  The last two years have each resulted in full all nighters, (not recommended if you have to stop playing to drive in to work 6:00 next morning) This year my incarceration kept me from this, but a special request/order Donna/NOONA secured me a copy and I was able to check it out when I got home.

Session two was physically not as taxing on my body, but I have to admit to you all … it nearly broke me. I was so depressed and felt like my stint would never end. I was really down and had several days when the waterworks would not stop.  They were uncontrollable and I was overcome with sadness and despair.  I was going stir crazy and emotionally taxed. I did find comfort in daily devotionals that come in every day from my friend Pastor Jerry Gray, he is an on call minister for SBPD, SBSO, SBFD and SBCoFD. Most days how I am feeling is addressed in some way by the devotionals and they really make you think.

Brianna, Blake, Courtney and I doing our best for MOVEMBER

Brianna, Blake, Courtney and I doing our best for MOVEMBER

I did have some visits this session, week one we were fortunate enough to have 3 members from SBFD attend a class with the LAFD, they made a point to come visit us, and even took Lisa out for a break, and dinner. It was great to see Captains Chris Mailes, Joe Tieso, and BC Robert Mercado.  The following week Lisa reached out and made contact with SBFD Engineer Jeremy Denton and or Captain Tony Pighetti, and somehow it was arranged for a visit to USC. The guys came down Friday, the day before my parole / release.  They came bearing gifts as well, a set of EARMUFFS to silence R2D2, earplugs, Kit kats, nutter butters and a special gift that makes me well up with humility and pride ….a beautiful pillowcase that was signed by many many current and retired SBFD personnel. Thank you to all who signed and to Captain Brian Walsh for initiating that project.

Mailes, me, Tieso, Mercado

Mailes, me, Tieso, Mercado

The kids and NOONA came down via the Amtrak on Veteran’s Day and visited.   Lisa took them to  Exposition Park and went to the California Science Center, they came back went out to dinner and returned home.

My last thoughts, I want to say to all of you ,THANK YOU for all the continued support, prayers, messages, texts, emails, calls, pictures, videos, etc.  I will be relaxed this week and look forward to starting session 3.  We are 2/3 done with this treatment.  I will not have any bad days in session 3, and anyone anytime that wants to brave LA traffic feel free to come visit @ USC.  I’ve heard “God won’t give us more than we can handle” well this last session I felt like I was limiting out,  but I’m still here.

This disease will not get me, I am KICKING CANCERS ASS!!!!!! with the support of all of you so please, keep it up.  I hope this finds you all in good health, have a safe enjoyable Thanksgiving, I will be at USC.

Love to each one of you.

Sincerely,

Kevin

Pighetti, Corbett, Denton

Pighetti, Corbett, Denton

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Round 1 Hi Dose Chemo Stem Cell Rescue COMPLETE

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On Thursday morning during rounds I was sleeping when the Dr’s came in my room to check on me.  I was immediately asked if I wanted to go home “yes of course” was my response I looked across the room to see Lisa, she was not there. I was sure I was dreaming. The doctors tracked her down and got her back in the room, and I told her we could go home.

Well, after a long day of waiting and processing we did not leave the hospital until 8:30 pm. This was absolutely annoying and we feel unacceptable.  We will be contacting management.

We had a rough two weeks, the Hi dose chemo seemed to go in fine with minimal effects. The Stem cell transplant was a minimal adventure and painless, the days immediately following were filled with minimal discomfort. Then came Thursday night and thats when the “misery days” began.  I would refer to these days as the “break down days”.  I was broken to the core.  I felt like the lowest of lows (numbers and counts were rock bottom) and was in so much pain daily and discomfort I wanted no visitors, no wife in room.  I wanted to be pain free. I wanted to get out.  I was very depressed, because nothing was working to make me feel better. I developed a series of fevers, and a particularly painful infection which lets just say, was is a pretty big pain in the ass to deal with.  This is actually why I feel we were discharged, they could not fix me so hopefully my numbers go up and I heal.

I have to say thanks to Alex Hamilton Smith from Oxnard Fire.  He helped out with transportation this week and when my kids were able to visit, he took them home for us.  He was in town for a class and came.  Thank you so much it was such a huge help!  Also had a few visits from Dad.

We return to repeat the process (hopefully not all the bad parts)  and go from there. I will go back to start 3 days of Hi Dose chemo on either 10/30 or 10/31.  I will take visitors anytime up to 11/4  after that I will be in lock down and not really be wanting to see or talk to anyone for a while.  We appreciate the prayers and support. Now just because I don’t want to see anyone after Wednesday, don’t forget about my rockstar, Lisa.  She is always available for lunch or dinner, and since she has in and out privileges.

Misery Days are here

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Today is called Day +8.   The first day of chemo was Day -4.  The stem cell re-infusion was Day 0. So all total he has been in the hospital for 13 days.  He is right in the middle of the misery days.  His blood counts are bottomed out.  He has had fever for 3 days. He has no energy and very little appetite.  (Actually this morning and last night he ate something more than applesauce for the first time in days!)

Now we watch and wait for his counts to come back up.  Yesterday was the 3rd day at the rock bottom.  His white blood count has been 0.0 for 3 days, but today, it went up to 0.4.  So I think that might be a sign that his immune system is preparing to come back to life!  He has received three blood and platelet transfusions so far.  He is keeping a pretty positive mental outlook, but sometimes you just are in the misery.

He hasn’t seen the kids since October 8th.  Today, they will be returning from a mission’s trip with our church and will get to come in for a visit on their way home. That will be the highlight of the day!

Thank you all for your continued support!

 

 

High Dose Chemo round 1

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Feeling good

Feeling good….out for some laps

I know some of you were wondering how things are going.  Kevin has completed receiving all of the high dose chemo and his stem cells have been reintroduced for round 1 of 3.  We are told to expect the worst point to be 7- 12 days after he receives his stem cells back.  The doctor called them the misery days.  For now, he feels pretty good and we walk a lot of laps each day around the floor.  18 laps equals one mile.

He has been doing very well so far.  The first 24 hours was a little rough, but I think that may have been attributed to the anxiety from reading all the possible side effects of the chemo.  We have had this information before, but Kevin hadn’t really been too interesting in reading it.  Right before they started the chemo they brought in a paper with the potential side effects listed.  The one that was the most concerning was possible vision loss.  Kevin told the nurse he read the side effects and changed his mind.  He wasn’t gonna do it.  The nurse was really taken aback.  It was Kevin’s typical humor.  I think.  I mentioned it would not do him any good to see if he wasn’t alive.  So he agreed to go ahead with the treatment.

Nurses are the best!

Nurses are the best!

Other than that, Kevin has been feeling pretty relatively well.  He has been having a lot of headaches, but other feared side effects so far have never popped up due to all the preventative medications they give to help avoid all the possible side effects.

Today’s stem cell reintroduction went really smoothly and he would have slept through the whole thing had his nurse not woke him up to eat some oranges to help counteract some of the potential negative experiences of the transplant.  The only thing he noticed was a slight weird taste in his mouth, but he enjoyed eating the oranges and that seemed to mask the taste.  As soon as the stem cells were infused, he went right back to sleep.  (A large dose of benedryl was one of the pre-meds!)

So far, he feels so much better than he expected.  We await ‘the misery days’.  In the meantime, thanks for all your prayers and support while Kevin continue’s to kick cancer’s ass!

Life saving stuff

   Life saving stuff  

Watching the cells return

Watching the cells return

 

Another step checked off the list

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Last Friday, Kevin completed the second round of Taxol/Ifosfomide chemotherapy.  This was a preparative chemotherapy and later this week he will start the big guns of treatment.

A few more days off and then on Thursday, he will be back at USC for his first round of the high dose chemotherapy (Carboplatin/Etoposide) with Stem Cell Rescue.   He gets to do this three times, and then hopefully the cancer will be defeated and he will move on to surgery and then back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Everything appears to be moving right along.  We are just taking each day as they come and working towards keeping life as normal as possible for the kids and keeping Kevin as strong as possible for this treatment.

And a little inspiration…

Not enough to more than enough

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Tuesday, his white blood count was 29 million (Monday is was 4.4)  So they were confident he was ready to start the collection process.  We previously were told this collection process could take from 2 – 5+ days.  Since Kevin wasn’t able to harvest on Monday, we kind of thought that he may require lots of additional days.  However, the extra medication that they gave Kevin was called Mobizile.  (We found out that it costs approximately $25,000 per dose.) Apparently, it does it’s job though.  It mobilizes the stem cells and gets them moving through the blood for collection.  Tuesday after 5 hours connected to the machine….over 14 million stem cells were collected!  The total number needed for all 3 of his upcoming transplants is 6 million….so after this one collection, he was good to go.

We were certainly surprised, but definitely pleased with this result!

Courtney’s birthday is tomorrow, and the kids have a 4 day weekend, so we are looking forward to having some good family time this weekend before he hits the cancer hard starting next Monday with more and more chemotherapy.

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Her hair has grown out quite a bit since March….but this picture always reminds me just how special she is….Happy 14th Birthday, Courtney!

 

Lessons in flexibility

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We haven’t always been know for our flexibility with plan changes.  God definitely has been working on us on this area.  Today we arrived for the first day of stem cell harvesting.   We were told to anticipate a delay with the system.  Recently the computer system at USC has been upgraded and conversions don’t often go smoothly.  

It took over 30 minutes to get checked in due to some missing insurance information.   Like ALL of it was missing.  Finally got that handled…then blood work to make sure everything was ok.  Unfortunately,  even though Kevin has been experiencing some significant bone pain…. his white blood count was not high enough for harvest.  The doctor assured us that this is normal and he should be fine to go forward tomorrow.   But today he was not ready.  The dr. ordered an additional medication. … Bringing the number of daily injections to 7…… but this medication should help mobilize those stem cells and hopefully tomorrow will be the first day of successful stem cell harvest.

So….we made the best of it.

Explored LA and found some of these

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Then looked for a restaurant that had parking somewhere nearby (this was a challenge) and ended up at Phillpe’s famous french dip sandwiches since 1908.

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Then made it back to Keck hospital for a pulmonary function test.  It required many steps, but the worst for Kevin was sitting inside a clear tube…fully enclosed, with his nose plugged, trying to breath through a special tube and machine.  We didn’t ask questions about the test in advance and some ativan might have been helpful… but he did complete the test and live to tell about it!   Whew. 

Never a dull moment in this journey. 

Pray for lots of white blood cells and stem cells mobilized for tomorrow’s attempt at harvest!

Much love and appreciation,
Lisa and Kevin

USC week 1 – check

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For those of you who know Kevin well, you may know he loves to check things off the list.  So Wednesday, we checked off step 1 at USC from the list.  One round of Taxol/Ifosfamide.

Everything went well at USC.  I mean, it was a hospital stay, and things never go completely as you would hope right?  We were told to check in Saturday, but call first because all the beds were full.  So we needed to see when a bed may be available for him.  I called at 7:30am and was told to call back around 1pm.  I was a little surprised….but ok.  We decided we would leave our area around noon and then have some time for a few things until the room was ready.  Just as we got comfortable with that plan….I got a call saying a room was ready now….it was 10:30.  Of course.  So we told them we’d be there between 1 and 2 and finished getting everyone ready and off to their respective places and headed south.

Upon arrival, we had to wait for the bed to be ready.  Apparently, they gave away the beds as fast as they were emptied, so she had 3 rooms saved then given away before we got there.  The wait wasn’t too long, but still the first instance of hurry up and wait for this stay.

Got situated in his room….and first on the agenda was to get an IV started.  Chemo has a way of hardening veins, so this was not an easy task.  After Kevin’s nurse failed, she called the ‘best’ nurse to come, but he was very busy so we waited for a long time…he never came.  Thankfully the charge nurse from our floor decided we waited long enough so she would give it a try.  She was able to start it on her first try.  So only one wasted stick and a wasted hour or more.

Day one of chemo started late.  10:30pm.  But it got started.  This was a new regimen for Kevin so we didn’t know what to expect.  The Taxol was a 24 hour bag so once he was connected, it had to run for 24 hours.  He really wanted a shower on Sunday, but had to wait until the Taxol completed before he could take a shower.   Then the next drug was Ifosfamide, it was infused over about 4 hours each day for 3 days.  They started the first dose of this right after his shower break.  This one he has had before, but in a different dose.  Ifosfamide can cause bladder hemmoraging so there is a complimentary medication called Mesna that is given to protect the bladder.   Because of the dosage of Ifosfamide on this regimen, the Mesna needed to run concurrently and for 24 hours total.  Fortunately, they were able to pause it for a bit so Kevin could disconnect and get his shower every day.  That made him very happy.

On Sunday….he watched A LOT of football!  He was plenty entertained and took laps around the floor at half time on each game.  I think he ended up walking several miles total.  He was still feeling good.

Monday, he was still feeling pretty good.  We talked to the doctor making rounds about getting his feresis catheter installed.  He needs that for the stem cell collection that will begin next Monday.  It can also be used going forward for blood draws and infusion of chemotherapy and stem cells.

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A nurse practitioner came back and told us right as lunch was being delivered, that Kevin was now NPO (nothing by mouth!) and they were going to install the catheter that day.  Kevin wasn’t prepared to miss lunch and was getting a little grouchy while he waited to be taken down.   At 4pm someone came back to the room to let us know that they weren’t going to be able to get him in after all.  But he was being put on the schedule and should be having the catheter inserted around 10am the following day.  So he could eat now and have dinner, but nothing after midnight for the morning procedure.  So he waited.

Tuesday, he was starting to feel a little run down from the chemo.  No breakfast.  10am came and went.  11am, noon, 2pm. We played some games, watched some TV, and waited.

 

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Finally at 3:30pm he was taken down for the procedure. You can imagine how happy he was to be waiting in a fasted state since 10pm the night before!  A little drama between his floor nurses and the people doing the procedure about using the IV he had.  But in the end, the catheter got inserted and he survived the ordeal.

Everyone was super apologetic for the waiting and the mis-communication.  It was the one redeeming factor in the experience because everyone really was super compassionate, and caring and trying to be the best and sometimes things just don’t go smoothly.

Overall this round went well.  Kevin is feeling a bit tired and has been having a headache he can’t seem to shake.  But not too bad after 4 days of having poison pumped through your body.  Enjoying being home a few days and not be woken up every 2 – 4 hours for vitals, and other various invading nurse visit.

On Monday he goes back to LA for step 2.  Stem cell collection.  This will be a relatively easy process for him.  He just needs to sit there all day for 2 – 5 days while they filter his blood and collect enough stem cells to complete a triple tandem transplant series.  The nice part is it will be done outpatient.  So he won’t be woken up at all hours of the night.  But since he needs to be there from really early every morning and through most of the day,  and the traffic is… oh so fun… through LA, we have decided to stay in Pasadena (about 8 miles from the hospital).

So, that’s what we got going on for now.  Please pray for our kids.  Life is turned pretty much upside down for them right now.  They are being fantastic!  They have been flexible and strong but it is hard with Kevin’s treatment in LA and it sure is impossible for me to be in both places at once.  Thank you for all of you who are personally helping to care for them, transport them where they need to go, feed them and thanks to those that are praying for them.  We are so grateful for all of your support.

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Here we go!

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Medical Update

We’ve had a busy past few weeks and the road is quickly getting more traveled.   All pre-testing is done.  All boxes have been checked and on Saturday, Kevin will be starting chemotherapy.    It took a little longer than we had anticipated to get all the pre-requisite work done, but we have finally completed everything and are good to go.

Saturday morning we check in.  The time is TBD based on the availability of a bed.    We will be calling in the morning to be advised what time we should arrive.  Kevin will be inpatient at USC’s Norris Cancer Hospital for 5 days.  He should be released on Wednesday if all goes as planned.   Then he will have through the weekend at home to ‘recover’ and prepare his body for stem-cell harvesting.  This will be done by taking neupogen injections twice a day while at home to stimulate the bone marrow to produce extra stem cells and to push them out into the blood stream so they can be collected more easily.  The following week, he will be back at USC for 2 – 5 days of all day outpatient stem cell harvesting.  Basically he hangs out for the day and lets his blood be filtered through a machine and put back into his body less some of those floating stem cells.  Once collected, they will be frozen and saved for later when he will be receiving 3 rounds of high dose chemotherapy and between each of these rounds, his own stem cells will be reintroduced back to his body to rescue his immune system from the chemotherapy.

Kevin is very anxious to get this process started.  The sooner he kicks cancer’s ass, the sooner we can go back to ‘normal’ life.

The details are a little tedious and of course there is nothing…I mean nothing that is set in stone (expect his admission on Saturday!)   So….I will do my best to keep you posted.  But know that for the next 12-15 weeks, Kevin will be mostly at USC with a few days of reprieve at home.    The plan is to hit the cancer hard.  Wait for his immune system to recover just enough to be ‘safe’ and then hit it again.

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Adventures in LA

So, in the past 2 weeks, we have had 3 trips to USC.  Each trip had a few fun story moments.  We like to share some of those to keep things interesting and a little less boring.

The first appointment was a consultation with the hematologist/Bone Marrow Transplant Specialist.  We actually met her the prior week, but had to have an official consultation to get the correct box checked off to move forward.  So we arrived for our 11am appointment around 10:30, got situated in the waiting room around 10:45am.  Now the previous week, we waited about 3 hours to have our names called and 4 hours until we actually saw the doctor.  So we came prepared this time.  We brought some cards and our backgammon set.  We get out the backgammon set, set the pieces, roll the dice….and they call Kevin’s name.  What?  Early?  NO COMPLAINTS!  It was great.  We were seen early, the doctor was fantastic, very informational, and then we were out of there.  My favorite day in LA.

Later that week we had to go back.  Kevin had a battery of tests that need to be done prior to stem cell transplant being approved.  So he was scheduled to do some of those tests on Friday and then the last test they couldn’t get him in until this coming Friday (the 12th).   We got there about an hour early, were met by one of the schedulers at the reception lobby about 5 minutes later, and she escorted us through all the tests Kevin needed.  We moved from one thing to another with some short wait times in between.  At 10:30am we were just finishing up….when our scheduler came back to meet me while I waited for Kevin to be done with a test.  She said hey….I was able to change the test for next Friday – to today at 2:30pm.   So this was really very cool.  Now we had a few hours to kill before the next test.  We were getting a little hungry, so Kevin finally got his Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles again.

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In case you don’t know……wherever we go, Kevin is always on the lookout for fire apparatus.   This is an obsession that has not waned in the least since he became a firefighter himself.  He just loves to photograph other equipment. I was warned in the early days of dating about this from his Grandmother!  She told me about an adventure he took her on.   I was even dragged into fire stations on MY HONEYMOON!

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So 16 years later, it’s pretty much a fact of life.  (you take the good, you take the bad….right?)

He was excited to see this:

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and this:

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but then….on our way back to the hospital for the last appointment…..he saw this:

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It was just a few blocks from the hospital.  We saw the smoke as we were approaching our turn.  Instead of a right…we went left, and got to the bush fire just before the first responders arrived.  It was quickly put out, but needless to say…this was Kevin’s favorite trip to USC so far!

We had one more adventurous day this week.  It was pretty much a comedy of errors.  Appointments not properly scheduled, lab work not coming up in the system.  But, the people that were helping us were so kind and apologetic that even though we were delayed by several hours, it wasn’t so bad and we were just happy to get everything done.

So originally we were scheduled to have that last pre-test on Friday the 12th and Kevin was really thrilled about that since the SBFD does their annual charity golf tournament on that day this year and he was hoping to go to that.  If he wasn’t in treatment.  Since the pre-test was that day, he couldn’t be in treatment and the test was scheduled for early enough that he could have done both. But somehow they switched that appointment to earlier and still decided to wait to start the chemo until Saturday so he could enjoy this yearly highlight prior to turning himself in for 3 months of brutal attack on his body.    So tomorrow will be a special and fun day with his fire family and Saturday…..the battle will rage on.  Kevin is prepared to kick cancer’s ass!

Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV)

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God,so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvationand the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people

Pros and cons

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As with all things in life, there are pros and cons to everything.  With the change in insurance handling Kevin’s cancer there are definitely pros and cons.

A short list of pros and cons we are seeing with the new insurance.

The pros:  Expert Doctors!

The cons:  Authorization Process for each step.

Within Kaiser, the doctors pretty much have authorization to order whatever tests and procedures they deem necessary.  This is no approval process unless you are trying to seek care outside of the system.  So treatment is super easy, you see a doctor they order the test they want and then you can just have the tests done.

We are learning that even though our claims processor has been fantastic, that things just move a tad bit slower with this system.  So last week we saw Dr. Quinn.  By Thursday we had authorization for consultation with the Hematologist (who oversees the stem cell transplant part) we had that appointment today.  We had briefly met with her last week, but insurance requires the consultation prior to moving to the next steps.  So as soon as the doctor gets her notes from our visit today transcribed, and forwarded to insurance, they will authorize the pre-testing that needs to be done.  That should happen later this week or early next week.  Then after the test results come in, they will be reviewed and then the authorization for the next part will be in the works.

Some exciting news is…..I have learned my way to USC and don’t even need to use my GPS anymore!  I still hate the drive.

Kevin and I are both eager to get the next part of treatment started so we can get back to our regularly scheduled program.

In short….no chemo this week.  Maybe next week? Or at the latest one more week.   They are moving the cogs along as quickly as they can.

In the meantime, we have been making the most of each day and enjoying our family time as much as possible!

Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
—Proverbs 3:5