Paul had his appointment with Dr Bhandari today. It was to decide when to start the chemo treatment. Also which treatment he wanted to try. We have opted to try the three weeks on/one week off. He will have one small dose of chemo a week (it will take about 1.5hrs). This treatment will continue for at least 3-4 months. He will be tested after that time. His condition will be re-evaluated and decided if he has to continue with more chemo at that time.
Otherwise the other option is for Paul to have a mega dose of chemo once every three weeks. That is what he went through with the first treatment. It made him so sick. We are hoping these smaller doses will keep him more normal.
The treatment will start on January 12, 2012 @ 10am. He will go back to having bloodwork done everyweek as well.
I have to call Dr Cattaneo to set up an appointment for Paul to have a "port" put in. The port will replace the Picc line and is suppose to be safer. It will be placed in the front of his left shoulder/chest. Unfortunately, he will have to be put under anesthesia again but it is done as an out patient. Therefore, the dose should be minimal. He's always done better with those.
He continues to drink small doses (1-2 ounces) of water or grape juice everyday. His swallowing is getting much better. I think it is building up his confidence.
He was also fitted for a better jaw stretching/muscle exercise machine. It's called a Dyna Splint. Another piece of equipment we need to add to our daily routine!!
We will be having a quiet Christmas at home. Only my sister is coming over. The weather forecast is mild for this time of year so we will enjoy a calm day watching the swans & ducks frolicking in the Bay!!