The best news of the day – Dad’s visit to the oncologist. He’s doing really really good. Gaining more strength each day. Sleeping, eating, and overall just improving. The oncologist told him yesterday 4 rounds of a low does chemo is in order. He’ll start in 2 weeks and have an infusion every 21 days for 12 weeks. No nasty side effects! And it will help him put some weight back on. He lost lots of weight. There were 2 lymph nodes that tested positive for the cancer but they were both encapsulated and located within the lung in the same area as the tumor. Because all the bad stuff was so centralized and encapsulated, the odds of metastasis is very very low. That means no radiation and after the chemo he should be completely cancer free!
We are heading there today when I get off work. A long holiday weekend with my family. I have an aunt & uncle that I haven’t seen in about 7 years who will also be there. I’m very excited to see them again. They live on the east coast and my uncle works in one of those “stan” countries. So it’s hard to have time with them.
On the work front, I’m starting a preparedness campaign. We are encouraging everyone to make a personnel plan with raffle incentives. The job is also giving me space on the hospital’s website. I will be doing weekly content relevant to emergency management, safety & security.. I will have links to community resources… same thing on our internal website with the exception of adding tutorials and training courses. I’ll be able to add links to our response plans so staff can easily access them. Yesterday I was deep in page design. I may even jump on the zombie apocalypse band wagon. I was looking at some of the materials at the CDC and it looks like a pretty good initiative. it’s gaining strength and popularity.
The MS beast… I’m starting TWO new medications. I didn’t realize that. Hot brain mush. Anyway, I’m starting Ampyra and Requip. And we are appealing the insurance denial on the Tecfidera. My specialty pharmacy is great. They are working with the doctor on the appeal. I don’t have to do anything. If insurance denies again, insurance folks will then contact Biogen and handle the companies co-pay program and get me enrolled. Pretty dang cool!
Last night Coach & I had a few errands to run and then we headed to Outback for dinner. On the way, as we were driving down the road, a deep rumble noise started hitting us. I pulled over to the shoulder…. flat tire. Ugh.
I just love being married! This is one small reason why… I could never handle changing a tire on my own… but lucky girl that I am… I have a big strappin husband to take care of these things for me!
And he got Outback Steakhouse for dinner afterwards. A really cool thing about Coach is that he doesn’t even really mind. He doesn’t get pissy or aggravated when things like this happen. He just jumps out and deals with it. In previous times, with other not so nice husbands… there would’ve been moaning, groaning, yelling, and quite often the tools would become airborne missile like objects. I don’t have to worry about that anymore.
Okay, time to shower and take my ass to work. It’s gonna be a long long day!