Thursday, May 7, 2009

Scanned And Waiting

Krista continued to get her IV antibiotic infused here at home. She's half way through the 10-day course. Today she felt better than usual because of the anti-nausea she started taking regularly. She's using generic Odanestron ODT which disolves on the tongue, but the particular variety of this generic has a horrible taste to it. We have a refill coming with the name-brand Zofran ODT, but it won't be available until tomorrow morning.

The urology scan happened this afternoon. Krista was very nervous about how painful it might be, but said afterward that it was roughly equivalent to getting a pap smear. We both got to watch the procedure on a monitor, as the camera went into bladder. It's amazing how clear her bladder was -- very smooth with some red splotches that were clearly not normal. The most likely explanation for this is that it is effects of the chemo, but there is a small possibility that it could be a particular type of bladder cancer. I have forgotten the name of that type of bladder cancer, but that variety emits cells into the urine. The doctor took a sample of the urine near the blemish for analysis. This is just a precaution, as it would be very rare, though not unheard of, for cancer to develop. If the test comes back negative, then they'll just wait for the blemishes to heal and have her check back in a couple of months to do another scan.

The Jesusita fire has spread considerably, almost spanning the areas unburned by the Gap and Tea fires last year. Highway 154 is closed between the 101 and Painted Canyon Road at the top of the pass. We can see flames on the mountain from the window in our living room. Fortunately, we're still not in the danger area, but we are starting to smell smoke when wind blows our way. It's another really hot night, 80 degrees at 10:00 pm. Catherine Short brought us a great looking turkey dinner, though with the heat we didn't want to use the oven. We'll put it in the freezer to make when it's cooler. Thanks Catherine!

Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God,
You who have done great things.
Who, O God, is like You?
Though You have made me see troubles, many and bitter,
You will restore my life again;
from the depths of the earth
You will again bring me up.
You will increase my honor
and comfort me once again.
(Psalm 71:19-21)

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