(14) Did it!

FullSizeRenderAll 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 thought 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.

16 thoughts on “(14) Did it!”

  1. Morning,
    Yes YOU DID IT…..we’re PHEWing up here in Fremont for you Mike! And some PHEWing for you too Eileen! Your “to do” list item of dd-MVAC x 4 is completed checked off your list!!!! Yippee.

    God bless you Mike.

    hugs from us

  2. WTG, Mike and Eileen! Slaying the beast together!

    You have been in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be.

    Peace and love!!!

  3. Big hugs and congrats on closing this chapter! And thanks for throwing in the picture. Lovely smiles…
    Can’t wait to see the pictures of the new Landrover you promised Eileen.

  4. Good work, Mr. Mike! Way to go Eileen! You two made it through four really tough treatments and managed to use the experience to inspire some very creative blog posts while doing so. We’re with you in spirit. Looking forward to our time together.
    Love to you both!

  5. “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.”

    Your humor is irrepressible. Here you are lifting us up with your incredible attitude! I had to chuckle, especially at that last comment.

  6. The might duo, the fantastic two…………..Mike and Eileen……..woo hoo!!
    Great news that you get to move forward and get the surgery over with.
    Kill the beast!!!
    Love you and thinking of you,
    Rita and Bill

  7. Good for you Mike! You make me cry when I read your blog. It’s amazing how organized you are with all this. I can understand how it would help to be able to tick off each small /large goal as you move along this road.
    I’ m so happy you have Eileen with you along for the ride.
    Love to you both,

  8. See Mike? Drugs can have many unexpected negative side effects like you tell your wife stuff that you don’t remember…I mean, you know, even more and worse stuff that you don’t remember than the usual, on a day to day, pretty much normal basis. So when you are feeling low, and everything else fails, meditate on the following:All this medical crap will end , but Eileen will remember everything you say while under the influence forever!

  9. Mike and Eileen. Such good news. You are my go to for encouragement and confirmation of the human spirit. Dang, I wish we could bottle that!

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