Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Oncology update

Bloodwork still "excellent." (Last test was Halloween.) Fatigue and achiness neither worse nor better; ibuprofen and sleep, respectively, still recommended. Yes, I'm nauseous, but I barely notice that unless I'm more exhausted than usual. Hair will do whatever it wants; I think that's slowing down. I asked about my lack of concentration (read: breeding gnats where my brain used to be). They've seen it before with interferon. So that's a known side effect, and I can't sleep it off. (I'd been blaming the fatigue.)

He asked "what's on your list of questions;" I told him I never quite got how interferon worked. He told me point-blank they don't know. Boosting my immune response can have some effect on cancer cells if I still have any.

Five months down; seven to go. I'll see him again in January.

7 comments:

Kirkepiscatoid said...

Great news!

And, if it's any consolation, no one knows exactly how aspirin works either, and it's been around for centuries in one form or another. We know what pathway it affects but "exactly how" has been a matter of debate for decades. But when something works, hey....

it's margaret said...

Good! Keep up the hard word m'dear. You are doing it! You ARE doing it!

Jane R said...

Excellent! Glad to hear this update.

Kirstin said...

Rarrrrr! Thanks all. :-)

Grandmère Mimi said...

As good as the news can be, I suppose. I'm still praying, my dear Kirstin.

Lauralew said...

Lots of hugs for you, and as Mimi says, prayers. Thanks for keeping us posted, as I know it is just one more thing to do.

sharecropper said...

Prayers and apologies. Sorry I haven't been keeping up with you - apparently for a long time. Dear Friend, you are special, and I have been glad to read your journey.

Peace, sharecropper Margaret