(20) An update to begin 2016

IMG_7235Eileen, Josie, and I drove out to Iowa City on Wednesday the 13th for my first post-op CT scan.  If you’re unfamiliar with cancer lingo, doctors don’t say a patient is cancer-free.  They look at all of the available data and if cancer is not present, the official diagnoses is No Evidence of Disease. Based on my scans, I am classified NED. Yes! My next CT scan is scheduled for April 13th.

While in Iowa Dr. Gupta took photos of my stomach to show other patients what they might look like after the surgery.   I’m assuming he only wants to show others the best case scenario. So when it comes to stomach scars, mine are fairly bland, small, and I’m going to say attractive.

My hair has fully returned, though not darker as the unofficial “possible” side effects of chemo listed.  One side effect that did happen is the loss of hair in my inner ear. That hair never grows back, but I only notice the loss in very noisy environments.

Coffee began tasting good again towards the beginning of December.  And by Christmas, my tastes were 100% back to normal (good timing!). For some unknown reason, alcohol tastes better than it did pre-chemo.  Rather than question this, I am accepting it as a sign and drinking more.

So you know, our traveling companion Josie, pictured, is the second puppy that Eileen is training working with Canine Peace of Mind (web site). The first puppy she trained for them, Arthur, is now living in New York City.  Eileen trains the puppy until they are about 9 months old and they are then sold as a ready-to-go-package.   If you watch the video on the web site link, you’ll see that a lot of the footage was shot around our house (some with a drone).

Thank you all for keeping me in your thoughts.