Remembering Dave Posted June 2, 2005 Share Posted June 2, 2005 This is Karen. I've been really reluctant to post, but Dave asked me to, he's not typing very well and not remembering things very well. We met with his oncologist today. To recap, his spine is COVERED with tumors (saturated may be the word), he has a 7 cm (2.5 to 3 inches) tumor in his liver, and three brain mets. We met with the neurosurgeon (who does the gamma knife) on Tuesday, he said he can zap the brain mets, but the spine is a big issue. well, by yesterday, Dave was really feeling his spine. It is amazing to me, after seeing his spine on the pet scan, how he can even walk. but he is constantly loaded up on oxycontin, oxycodone and gabapentin (for nerve pain). Sooo, the oncologist said, what we are going to do is this, the neurosurgeon is going to do a spinal tap early next week to check the spinal fluid for cancer cells. If there are cancer cells in his spinal fluid, there is not much we can do for you. (he did mention some procedure where they put some sort of port in your head to deliver chemo directly into your spine, but didn't have alot to say about it, meaning he wasn't that impressed with it I guess - anyone who knows anything about this or has input please post). If there is cancer in the spinal fluid there is really nothing they can do for Dave and it will probably be hospice time. If there isn't, they will try more chemo, especially to try to get that liver tumor and do what they can to the spine mets, and will look into radiation on his spine, BUT, he probably has already had the max amount of radiation his spine can take when he had chest radiation - they zapped him from the front, side, and back, hitting the spine. The radiation oncologist is going to check on this. His platelet count is dropping drastically, and he hasn't had chemo in two months (because it was killing his platelets and hemaglobin). It's gone in two weeks from 130,000 to 97,000 to 86,000 on Monday, 68,000 today. It's got to be the tumor in the bones eating up the bone marrow doing this, sure isn't chemo doing it. I'm sick and devastated, but determined to put on my game face and make the most of the precious little bit of time we may have left together. There could be a miracle yet, and he could beat this yet, but it's really looking bad. For those of you who only want to see or hear nothing but hope and optimism, I'm running low on it right now, I'm running on reality. But hey, if there's three months left, that's three months - that's SOMETHING. Dave is being very brave. He is strong and a fighter. He is having some bad moments, emotionally, that only I see (and Faith unfortunately) but those moments are understandable. I admire him for his fight and determination. Prayers please, as we move through what could be the last chapter of a hard fought battle. God Bless, Karen Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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