Monday, August 23, 2010

Update in the middle of chemo round #3

If laughter could cure...Kirstin would be home now. She says that she's never been this calm during a treatment round, and that while chemo is awful, this is completely endurable.

The oncologist decided to keep her on same regimen, but do another PET scan a few weeks after this round (instead of waiting until after the 4th round), to get a better baseline for how fast the tumors are growing. They have grown - but not very much (2 mm was what I was told) - and not nearly enough for him to be worried. This is apparently not uncommon for this stage of treatment. Which is very reassuring.

And her companion for this treatment round, M-E, turns out to be a God-send. Not only is she wise, compassionate and comforting (which we knew ahead of time), but she also turns out to have a wickedly delightful sense of humor, and a previously unimagined ability to turn the worst vagaries of hospital life into hilarious song. As I said, if laughter could cure...

To all of you who care, and love, and pray...thank you, and thank you, and thank you.

Andee

12 comments:

Ann said...

Thanks for the update
Humor helps

kat said...

Levity makes all the difference -- thanks to God for M-E and for Kirstin's sense of calm through this round. Hugs across the miles, prayers ascending.

eileen said...

Thanks for the update. Prayers ascending continuously.

Lisa Fox said...

Thanks for the update, Andee.
And I can just imagine the sorts of songs M-E is creating from hospital life.

Kirstin said...

Lisa, want to help?

Hugs to everyone.

Anonymous said...

Hugs to you, dear Kirstin. We'll continue praying for you and your comfort. Love always,
Mary Beth & Mary Lee

Lisa Fox said...

LOL. I got no singing genes and no music-writing genes, alas. But I will hum along with your experience.

susankay said...

Prayers for laughter.

David said...

Thank you for this update Andee
love and prayers
love and prayers
love

claire said...

Thank you for the update. Nice to imagine Kirstin laughing.

Prayers always.

Caminante said...

Just back from a week on the Long Trail, praying as I walk for Kirstin. Thank you so much for this update. I arrive late but send care, prayers and love.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Kirstin, just a word to let you know that you are often in my thoughts and prayers.

Love and blessings.

WV: outwin

You're gonna outwin this thing, luv.