Oh my goodness! I just realized I never came back here to update you all on my dad's progress. So sorry... I think his "chemo brain" has rubbed off on me a bit.
Dad met with his radiologist in early May, and doc said that he was doing as well as can be expected, and he directed that comment to me in a very reassuring tone, which made me feel good. I know that this cancer is most likely incurable, and we're just buying him more time, but it was nice to hear, anyway. He said no more radiation in the forseeable future, and wants to see him again in August. He also had his final CT scan and checkup with his oncologist on May 20th. Doc said that everything looked about the same as the last one a couple of months before: stable, with no new lesions, and that he'd just check up on him every couple of months to see how he's doing. One slightly disturbing thing was his weight: Since treatment began in January, he's gone from 162 to 145 lbs! He said he can't imagine why he'd lost almost 10 pounds since the beginning of May because he was "eating like a horse". He felt fine, though. Doc told him to come back in July and to try to gain some weight back.
Well... I just checked with him 2 days ago and he said he's back up to 157 lbs.!! He was ecstatic! His scale and the doc's scale are within 1/2 lb. of each other. Just one downside... bugger is completely bald up top now.
(Sorry, I probably shouldn't laugh because I'd be devastated if it were me...) We're all so used to seeing him 90% bald anyway, but this extra 10% just looks so different. My nephew told him, "That's okay, Grandpa; I still love you, even if you're bald." (Uh, child... did you not notice the baldness before all this?) Oh, and he has bald knees, too! Little bit of hair on his chest... and I didn't ask about anything else.
So, I guess he's doing as well as can be expected. I feel like now is the time for me to take a break and do something fun for me, now that I know he's stabilized. I'm taking myself to Las Vegas in September. Yes... MYSELF! I want to go where I want, when I want. I'm not a gambler, but I love music so I'm going to 4 shows: Barry Manilow, Human Nature (Australian group who sings Motown songs); The Australian Bee Gees (a tribute group), and... Donny and Marie!! I've loved them since I was 10, and still have a book about them I bought at a book fair in the 5th grade that I'm going to bring for them to autograph. Oh, I didn't mention that I'm getting the VIP ticket, which lets you sit right up front and then meet them afterward. I'm so stoked!
Anyway, that's all for now. I can't believe it's been 6 months since all of this started. I thank all of you so much for sharing your experiences, and for all of your support and encouragement.
Love to you all-