I am feeling and doing very well. Now off Chemo for 5 weeks, I did not realize how much energy the treatment had “sucked” out of me. Last Wednesday we took a mini break and drove down to Ashland, OR. We attended 4 plays at the Shakespearean Festival, stopping to visit friends and relatives in Eugene, Portland, and Tacoma. We returned home on Sunday. (Power out, no damage.) I drove over 1000 miles and was not at all tired. Linnea ‘forces’ me to walk with her at least two miles every day.
Today, I had an appointment with my Surgeon, Dr. Scott Helton. Face to face, he was able to assess that I am physically fit to undergo major surgery. Together, we evaluated my course of tapering dosage of prednisone and he felt that I am on track for penciling in a date in the next two to three weeks. My O2 Saturation was 95-6% before and after exercise. Dr. Helton said that statistics show 30% of pancreatic surgical patients may develop deep vein thrombosis and ordered an ultrasound of my lower extremities. I had that done this afternoon and the radiologist read the study as ‘Normal.’
With the rest of the week ‘OFF,’ I may play some golf, weather permits!
Next Monday, after a repeat CT of my chest, I meet with Dr. Germino, my Pulmonologist. Then I see Dr. Picozzi, my Oncologist. They will confer and relate my situation to Dr. Helton, my Surgeon, who will be presenting my case at the Biliary Tumor Board on Tuesday, 3/22. We should have a surgery date soon.