The week has passed with no major victories or defeats on the cancer front. We had a follow up with Karen's doctor who specializes in hip replacements for cancer patients. In minor good news it seems that her hip fracture is finally healing. The downside is that the socket has healed such that we have the equivalent of a round peg in a square hole. So while Karen's danger of more spontaneous fracturing of the hip is diminished her mobility continues to be impacted as well painful.
We're back to the original dilemma that before the hip could be replaced Karen would have to go off chemo and continue to be off while the transplant heals.
We already wasted the last three months on a chemo that failed and have just started a new one. It takes about three months to find out if something is working. It's unfortunate but our decision is to kick this decision down the road for three months while we see if the new chemo kicks in.
Otherwise everything is looking ok. Karen's blood work following the new chemo has been fine, so she'll have her next infusion on Feb. 9th. So far the worst side effect has been a day of so of nausea following the infusion.
We actually have the rest of this week off from any doctors or treatments. We're going to try for a day trip. Probably to MassMoCA. We tried a year and a half ago on an autumn leaf trip but arrived on a Tuesday when it was closed. We tried last winter but Karen was hospitalized with pneumonia and we haven't had a good opportunity since. I know it sounds like a major expedition and in many ways for a stage 4 it is an Everest. We're stocked up with enough oxygen tanks.
Our fingers are crossed for weather and good health this Thursday.
Photo - Karen Evertson - Handmade love button pillow by Ramona Sablon
William and Karen - Karen and I have been married for 41 years. Karen's breast cancer has reached stage 4. This is what happens next.