more doctors . . .

Today was my dad’s appointment with the Chemotherapy oncologist. I think the guy was in the room for less than five minutes. We spent most of the time with his nurse practitioner. They’re going to start something called induction chemotherapy (pretty sure that’s what they called it). He’ll go one day a week for four hours at a time, six weeks in a row. Then they will redo the scan and see if its made any difference. After that, I think there’s the possibility of more chemo and radiation. He also has to go see a dental oncologist, which I’ve never heard of before. I guess she’s located with the rest of the cancer people. He’ll see her next month. She’s going to want to yank all of his teeth, and that’s going to piss him off. I know this because when he was evaluated for radiation in early 2009, the doctor said he’d have to have his teeth pulled because they are in such bad shape. I think that might have been one of the reasons he didn’t do the radiation, to be honest. The only time he’s gone to the dentist was when the Air Force said he had to. When he first went in he had several teeth pulled, and he’s avoided the dentist like the plague ever since.

I know the chemo is going to take a toll on him. They’ve already written prescriptions for anti-nasuea medications, and talked about some side effects of the three different chemo drugs he’ll be on. They’ll be right there to see him through it and help him with any bothersome side effects. I know he’ll be going on Fridays, but I don’t know what time yet. He’ll start next week though. I suppose I should get started on a sweater so I have something that I can knit for a long period of time. Plus they have wi-fi so I can take my laptop.

Today’s picture:

A trip to the local yarn store! I love going there because I can just stare at the yarn for ages trying to think of what I could make with it. Plus there are books and other patterns and stuff to go through. I needed the loops for my circular interchangeable needle set and a wooden circular needle for a project that I need to do on slower needles that won’t drop the yarn as easily as the metal interchangeables do. See, you learned something–some yarns or projects need slower needles while others can be done with fast needles. Not that you can’t knit fast with wooden or bamboo needles. But the important part is I only bought one ball of yarn for a specific project I plan on doing soon! I have so much yarn its ridiculous.

Well, now that I’ve educated you on something that probably won’t even help you through life, I wish you good evening.


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On Tuesday I took my dad to the oncologist to find out the results of his scans. The doctor showed them to us, and pointed out how large the tumor is. Its surrounding his carotid artery, so surgery is a no go. Instead they are going to start out with chemo then consider radiation. Tomorrow morning I take him to see the oncologist that will supervise his chemotherapy and find out when that will get started. I think I have a lot of driving back and forth in my future.

When the doctor said it was inoperable, I can’t really describe what I felt. It was just a blank feeling, not really upset that they can’t operated and certainly not happy. I’ve kind of remained that way. Its like I don’t know what to feel. I’ll probably have a better idea of what I’m feeling when I get more detail on the chemo and what that’s going to be like.

Today was my birthday (or technically it was yesterday since its after midnight). Didn’t do anything all day, and went to Olive Garden for dinner. Points to me for creativity, right? I had braised short ribs and mushroom risotto. And tiramisu. And a little wine. It was my birthday so I splurged. When we got home I fell asleep for a couple of hours until the cat started using me as a jungle gym. She wanted food. Go figure.

I leave you with a picture. Even in the winter the water looks divine.