The next day Ed, Barrett, Vivian and Grace (Nick's friend) joined in for a sweat fest on the deck as temperatures hovered around 93. Matt had become the bee killer and put up wasp traps as well as spraying the nest he found so we were not as bothered as we had been the previous week.
I made ham and swiss cheese stuffed burgers but they paled in comparison to Nick's homemade salmon burgers. He will not starve as long as there is some fresh salmon lurking about for him to whip up!
Monday was Sr. Prelims for our summer league swim team. Yes, I announced it, pushed myself way too hard and spent Tuesday in bed as a result! Emily swam and Nick coached so it was another family day for us.
Matt is always a deck marshal and thank heaven the weather, while warm, was not our 90 degree mess!
So here we are today. I got up early and had a cup of tea as I wanted to have some before they cut me off at 6:15 for the tests. Your standard MRI with all the bangs and shakes as well as a ct scan started about 8:15 and I was home by 11. The phone rang at 11:30 and it was Dr. K with the results.
Initially, I found myself saddened as I had really wanted a clear MRI. Looking back on it, I am so lucky and so blessed to get such a great report. My nodes are still clear and no my cancer did not spread. The smaller of the two tumors cannot be seen. The larger one is still visible, however, it is "significantly" reduced. According to the good ole Doc, this is great news. The chemo worked the way they wanted it to and was effective. As he said, move forward now.
My angst, and anyone who has walked this walk understands, is that when you lose all your hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, 4 toenails, and develop a rash, you want to hear "WE CAN'T SEE A DAMN THING". I have decided to rejoice in hearing significantly reduced and being right on target as the words to live by, celebrate and look forward to hearing that all clear version soon!
I go to the surgeon on Monday so I will update that with what I know will be an interesting day of drains and undergarments! In the meantime, do like me tonight and celebrate with your favorite partner (Mattie), your favorite meal (good ole 7 star pepper) and a good bottle of wine (my first since March 6)!
Chemo is done for good and I hope it lets the door hit it in its butt! It has left the building!