I don't see myself as one of these patients. I move much faster and still look pretty fit. But apparently that's not what it looks like inside of me. I was expecting a good reduction in the tumor and was hoping that much of it would be gone. I didn't get that. My doctor said that the tumors have only decreased in size at the most around 25%. Both sides of my chest still contain active tumors. And my labs are still down. He is now going to put me on a new chemo regimen. This one entails getting a treatment every eight days for the next month. He won't tell me what Plan C is if this doesn't work. He said that this chemo has a 50% chance of further reducing the tumor. Although I didn't think those were good odds so early on in my treatment, he disagreed.
With these results I thought I was categorized as something called "chemo-resistant" and wrote about it in a previously title post. That's a really bad thing since survival rate odds go way, way down. As in I would have a 10-30% chance of seeing Bobby Jindal kick off his Presidential election campaign. But Dr. Wendy straightened me out with one phone call.My body responded to the chemo. It just didn't take to it enough. Looks like I'm going to have to fire a few Generals in my army.
This is crappy news, for sure. But so what. I'm going to move on. And I get to experience the joys of Houston for at least another month.
One interesting tidbit. In all the waiting rooms there are TVs. A little more than half have that Fixed News station. Remember, it is Texas and most old people are patients. The hospital has these signs about not changing the station no matter if it's on a real news station, like MSNC, or Faux News. Still, I make it a point to change the channel to MSNBC whenever possible. I figure I'm either annoying a Fixed News fan (which is actually a delight) or I'm pleasing someone who's not. Either way, I think I'm doing my part to educate Texas.