After 10 days of harrying doctors and hospitals and thinking Terry had had a stroke we finally arrived for his first chemo on Friday 2nd August.
In my harryings the previous week I had made one last phone call to the oncology nurse telling her that I thought T had had a stroke and could someone please please look at him before starting the chemo. I had done the rounds of doctors and the hospital during the last 10 days and got nothing more than mmmmmmm….
We arrived at chemo bright and early and T wobbled in on his stick, yes he was that bad , could only walk with a stick and was wobbly on that. If he had to go left he went right, he laughingly suggested I get him a lead. I didn’t think it was very funny, my sense of humour has taken a pounding.
T nearly missed the scales when they weighed him and had to lean on the wall, the nurse went to find the oncologist.
The O did the usual stroke tests, T’s finger missed his nose by a about 20 cms when using his left hand…
Right, ‘a cat scan today’ , I nearly fell off my perch! Such speed.
We duly had the cat scan and tottered back to oncology.
“I was wrong ‘ says the O,’he has a tumour the size of a fifty cent piece deep in his brain surrounded by swelling’ almost fell of my perch for real this time, T later said he had wondered if that was what was happening. I must say I was surprised as he had worsened over the weak, a stroke is usually a one hit baddie, but I was not expecting a tumour.
They have moved fast, he is going over to Waikato to the Neuro Surgical ward on Tuesday for an MRI then if it is biopseable(is that a word- probably not) they will biopsy it and see if it is metastisized mesothelemioma or a new tumour.
He will then either return to Waikato for radiation or to Dunedin for a one off Radiosurgery. I think we are both plumping for Dunedin as we both have bad memories of the Waikato cancer set up.
He is taking a drug to reduce the swelling and after two days is already walking better but does not venture far from his bed. Has lost 3 kgs.
Chemo is off for now. But yes, the O did get the funding for the better drug, found out on Tuesday on one of our ‘do something’ visits.