Wednesday, February 27, 2013

In My Absence…

I haven’t been away… I haven’t really been absent… I was without a computer for a while… and then just plain lazy!!

I last posted just before Christmas… As I said then, we were pretty excited going into Christmas… I had just started Abiraterone and had completed 4 rounds of Zometa… I was feeling good… Well… Christmas was fantastic!  We had such a great time… both our sons were home with their significant others… and we REALLY enjoyed spending time with them.  My sisters were also here for our Christmas feast… It was great!! 

I was having problems with my computer at the end of last year… so I decided to trade it in on a new one… unfortunately it took a while to get the new one, and I had to give up the old one early.  Thus I was without a computer for a few months… then it took a while to get the new one set up to my liking… and then I just got too lazy to post… So used to not doing it, that I kind of slipped into just not thinking about it… But I am back and again will try to post a little more frequently… hoping on at least once a month.

2013 has been pretty good… I continue on the Abiraterone… blood testing every two weeks… PSA every 4 weeks… Oncologist visits every 4 weeks… Zometa every 4 weeks… Eligard every 4 months… It is a surprisingly busy schedule.  So far, the blood tests have all come back in the normal ranges… My PSA levels are dropping… slowly… but dropping.  Everything else is looking good, so hopefully no damage being done to vital organs as we continue on all these meds.  I haven’t had a rib fracture in a long time, so the Zometa seems to be working… My hip is still bothering me, but controlled with pain meds… I just have to decide if I want to do something bad enough to put up with the increased discomfort it will cause.  It’s a fine balance… but so far it’s working out pretty well.

The only other thing that has been happening is that I have started doing some oil painting… I’ve been having a blast with it… I am also trying to get back into pencil sketching… the painting seems to be winning out for now…

Until next time....

Posted by John on 02/27 at 12:43 PM
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