All my blood work checked out OK so I was able to take the fourth (and final) round of the dd-MVAC yesterday (08/26). Phew! I would have hated to have it postponed. Now I will have a routine blood test in three weeks, a consultation and CT Scan in Iowa City in four weeks, and Bladder removal October 1st.
The staff at the Oncology lab had an impromptu celebration for me as I finished my fourth cycle.They played music, gave me hugs,a certificate, and bottle of bubbly. Thank you Krista, Cindy, Val, Cheryl, and Brittany. I left feeling always welcome there, always comforted by you, and that you always cared about me. Thank you. (We are wearing the buttons that you gave to us – they started several conversations when we went shopping afterwards… so what did you two just do?)
I have to admit I am not a “complete” Superman. All last week, my nausea had been dramatically flaring up whenever I though of going back for the fourth round. Aware guy that I am, I knew it was all psychological, yet no amount of spiritual, cosmic, musical, universal, or wood chopping thoughts could snap me out of it. I told Dr. Shipp, and low and behold, there’s a drug for that. And within two hours my stomach calmed, my mind became mental mush, and I’ll have to ask Eileen to write down all of the things we (I) agreed to do.