Sunday, March 23, 2014

Weekend Getaway

Friday afternoon, we met with Dr DeLaCasas for a follow up.  He looked at the blood work and urine tests the husband did earlier in the week.  Everything looked good.  There was a small amount of protein in his urine that we will continue to monitor.  Dr D said sometimes the protein is so small it filters quickly from the blood (thus not picked up on the blood test) and into the urine.  So in a month, he'll have another blood and urine test to see if there are any changes.

Dr D just reiterated that we just have to stay on top of all the husband's appointments.  Don't get lazy and put anything off.  If he fills different, has any new pains or even feels sick, he is to call and come in to get looked at.  The husband understands and plans to stay on top of it.

Dr D also informed us of his departure at the end of the month.  The husband will either be seen by the other medical oncologist at the clinic or the new one taking Dr D's position.  He said if we are ever in San Antonio to call him.  He would love to go to a rodeo or just out to eat.  We are considered his friends now and he would love to socialize with us outside of the doctor/patient realm.  Isn't he the sweetest?!

So we got all of the husband's follow up appointments scheduled.  At the end of April, he will have a MRI to check the tumor.  The next week, we will meet with the radiation oncologist, Dr Nguyen to go over the findings.  Fingers crossed it was zapped to nothing.  He will also do his urine/blood work and we'll get those results.  Keep praying for great news!

We discussed a spot on his shoulder that was seen years ago when he had the joint replaced.  All three of his doctors believe it is not another plasmocytoma.  After comparing the original image from several years ago and the recent image, they decided the spot had actually gotten smaller.

After the doctor visit, we headed to Stephenville for a little getaway.  The FIL was at the house to take care of all the animals so off we went.  I had booked a bed and breakfast cabin for us to stay in.  The husband was pretty surprised that there was such a place in Stephenville!

We visited some of our favorite places and checked out how things had grown/changed since we lived there.  Even though we go to Stephenville quite a bit, we never actually go into town.  So it was nice to cruise around.  The gazebo where we got married still looked just as pretty.

The husband encouraged me to enter a 5K race Saturday morning.  We ran in to some old friends there. Got to catch up and exchange numbers. AND I actually won 2nd place in my age division!!  I was way fast!  I attribute it to eating at Pastafina's the night before the race. ;)

We enjoyed our stay and got back home around lunch today.  It was nice to get away for a few days.  Now back to the grind. ;)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Cynthia, will you marry me?

We met with Dr McHottie, I mean Dr Ward, this morning. He looked over the husband's X-ray of his hip. He was very pleased. The joint looked good. He was afraid the ball might fall off into the socket where the tumor was but nope. So no hip replacement anytime soon. He is optimistic that the bone will actually regenerate where the tumor was and no surgery will be needed. Of course, the radiation of the joint may induce arthritis but we'll cross that bridge later.

Plus all the husband's blood work was normal. No protein!! So happy to hear that. Protein in the blood is indicative of multiple myeloma so yay! Continued blessings that it really is a singular plasmocytoma.

Then we headed to radiation. The husband took me back to see how it all works.  Another reason I love the cancer center, they let me go and watch everything. So open to show you whatever you want to see. I watched them get him all lined up on the table and ready. Then they took me into their area and let me watch the entire process. It was very cool. And they told us that Dr Nguyen reduced his treatment and the husband will be done next Wednesday!!

We celebrated all the good news with Chinese food for lunch.  Our fortune cookies were pretty funny. The husband's said "Thank you, it was really cramped in there." Mine read "Cynthia, will you marry me?" LOL I guess when you're as fortunate as us, you don't need fortunes in your cookies!

Then the husband advised me that he really wanted me to drive a truck. He just thinks I'm safer in a truck then my little SUV. So we ended up at a dealership, trading my car in for a new truck. Hadn't planned on that! But whatever makes the husband feel better. :) 

We wrapped the day up with ice cream cones. Seriously, a day can't get much better than this.  

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Who's Your Daddy

Well Spunky Brewster's not the only little one around here. We've had quite a few babies born recently. Luckily, all were born without problems and momma's are good.  Fingers crossed the remaining cows will continue on this streak. One bottle baby is enough.  But Spunky is fun and doing well.

This is my favorite. Our only bull thus far so he better buck!

Here's the husband's favorite.  She's a cutie.

And our niece's heifer has a lil bull.

It's always fun to watch the babies play in the pasture. One of my favorite things.

In other news, the husband has an appointment with Dr Ward Thursday morning. It will be the first time we've seen him since he gave us the husband's diagnosis. And that feels like FOREVER ago. He'll get X-rays of his hip and we'll see how the bones are doing. 

Then next Monday the husband does his lab work for Dr DeLa Casa, his medical oncologist. Our appointment with him is a week from this Friday. The husband was told that Dr D is leaving so the meeting may be with the other oncologist at the clinic. Hate that Dr D is leaving. He is awesome and so thorough. We'll miss him.  But they said he was commuting from San Antonio daily.  That's crazy!   Just crappy that they leave.  The new radiation oncologist is cool though. So I'm sure the new medical oncologist will be fine. Or we'll just have to go see Dr D in San Antonio. ;)  We'll keep ya updated with what we learn at the upcoming appointments. 

One last thing, March is Myeloma Awareness Month! So I'll leave you with this fact.  Multiple Myeloma is the second most common blood cancer, after non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and represents approximately 1 percent of all cancers.

And don't forget about my MMRF Endurance event in November. Raising money and awareness for myeloma research! You can donate and support us here:

Thanks for all your continued support and prayers! We're blessed beyond measure.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Whoa! Someone Turned 40!

And it wasn't me!! Got a few years before that. But not the husband! He's headed down the other side of the hill now. ;) 

So besides the milestone birthday, what has happened lately? Well, we've made it to week 4 of radiation. Husband is doing well. Fatigued but that's normal. I slip him a Tylenol PM ever so often to give him a good night's sleep. Hehe

And we have some new babies. It started last Wednesday. George called me as I was leaving work. Heifer was having trouble calving. He called the neighbor to come help him out.  Luckily, we are blessed with awesome neighbors. He came right over with another guy and got the calf pulled. I got home just in time to get the new baby. First time momma didn't want anything to do with it so we got her up in the barn. Husband had to run to town to get powdered colostrum because mom didn't have a bag either. Oh, and she was crashing the truck too. Not a happy camper. So I got the hair dryer out and warmed her up. Poor lil girl. We didn't want to leave her in the barn the first night so she came in the house.

We had to tube her for a few days to get food in her. But now she's doing really well!

She's pretty spunky. Today she ran around the barn bucking and kicking when we let her out of the stall to stretch her legs.  Pretty darn cute!