Health Update: 23 March 2018

I had a routine Chemo therapy session yesterday, 3/22. My blood works were reasonable with expected persistent anemia and lower protein and albumin level (though not quite low enough to be causing shortness of breath nor pedal edema). The Neulasta shot given two days after the infusions has maintained the white blood cell levels at normal range allowing my Chemo treatment regimen to remain on schedule. Another sign of ‘improvement’ is that the CA 19-9 correspondingly came down from over 3300+u one month ago; 1738u two weeks ago, and yesterday it registered 1174u!!! Heading the right direction.

I have had mild paresthesia of my hand/fingers and feet for some time secondary to the side effects of Oxaliplatin. Even though that medicine was completed 6 weeks ago, and the symptoms were slowly disappearing, but during these last two weeks I sensed more tingling and numbness, especially in my feet. Dr. Picozzi informed me that this is also a side effect to Abraxane. He was ready to decrease my dosage to 75%. I promised to monitor my progress and when/if it becomes more problematic, we’ll cut the dose then. I don’t want to ‘rock the boat’ when I am seemingly improving. Dr. Picozzi concurred as long as I agreed not to minimize the side effects. Thus, my Chemo ‘cocktail’ consists of Abraxane, Leucovorin, Irinotecan and 5-FU, with daily infusion through my Power Port of a broad-spectrum antibiotic INVanz. So far, I am managing well.

Living life fully. Monday 3/19, my maternal cousin Pastor Andrew Chao and his wife Emily came from Houston for a visit. They stayed with us and we brought Mom here for a few days. We shared some quality precious times together. Showcasing Bainbridge Island, we toured our BI Museum of Art, our Bloedel Reserve, the Japanese Exclusion Memorial, drove around the environmental outdoor experience center and the Lynwood shopping area. They left this morning. We had a very good reunion.

Again, thanks for visiting. Thanks for your loving care and concerns.

Health Update: 8 March 2018

After completion of 6 cycles of treatment with Abraxane, Irinotecan, Leucovorin and 5-FU, Dr. Picozzi ordered a CT scan for today’s visit. We arrived at 8am, had blood drawn, port reassessed, and proceeded to drink 24 oz contrast liquid and concluded with an uneventful scan procedure.

We were again placed in our usual private infusion room and shortly thereafter, Dr. Picozzi arrived and consulted with Linnea and me. Basically, he was feeling upbeat and eager to report to us a little good news. The blood works were acceptable, the CA 19-9 is treading down significantly for the first time in a long while, from over 3300u to 1700u. AND, the CT showed slight decrease in size of all metastatic lesions! Possibly beginning to be heading toward the right direction, hopefully!!!

Thanks for all the Good Karma you all are sending my way.

Brother Dan figured it out that I have about 4 days of improved energy level prior to each Chemo session. He arranged for Linnea and me to fly to Mesquite, NV to soak in a little sun and appreciate some new scenery. (We left on Saturday 3/3 and returned on 3/7, just in time for the 3/8 Chemo session.) Of course, exercising in the form of golfing on courses that are ‘playable’ was NOT a disincentive. We played 2 rounds on the Conestoga course with roughhewn terrain, flashy bunkers and mountain panoramas on Sunday and Tuesday, perfect remedy to our rainy NW. On Monday we toured St. George, UT with its Mormon Temple and Tabernacle, then we drove to the Zion National Park, covering three states by intruding through a small section of AZ.

You are now up-dated. All’s Good. Thanks be to God.

p.s. after returned home we were told that was two pipe bombs found incidentally while a passerby noted someone dropped a bag and left. While we were visiting St George. The authority was notified, and they took the bag to the football field and blew it up. It was activated and was filled with shrapnel and nails, and other sharp implements. Idyllic little quiet Mormon town St. George!

Thanks to all of you, my fervent supporters and cheer-leaders.