Peep’s Story

Site created on July 11, 2019

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place.
July 26-  Things are moving more quickly now- which is good- Peep got his port put in yesterday and all went well.  Looks weird but will keep him from having to get a needle often.  Monday is the day he starts chemo- his drugs are zoloda (capecitabine) and oxaliplatin.  The first are 8 pills a day and the second is intravenous.  14 days on and 7 days off.  Looks like the intravenous is about every three weeks. Side effects of the pills MAY be peeling of skin on hands and soles of feet, nausea, and upset tummy.  Needs good sunscreen even in the shade.  Don't know for sure about the liquid drugs.  Really hoping that this doesn't kick his ass too bad!   More next week and THANK YOU ALL so much for the well wishes, texts and calls overflowing with care , concern and love!   
July 23 update-
Peep is getting his port on Thursday and pills are "in the mail" --when we get them, we call our oncologist and arrange for chemo to start.  
What we know so far:
- Peep has been diagnosed with stage 3 prostate cancer
- He is also diagnosed with cancer of the duodenum and ampulla - the ampulla is the doorway to the pancreas. All major organs are clear, but it is shown in a few lymph nodes, not sure where exactly
- His first round of PET scans indicated a tumor near the ampulla the size of a thumbnail
- The doctor (who we love) recommends starting with chemotherapy to reduce the tumor size before pursuing surgery
- He’s gonna get a port put in this week
- All this is happening at Methodist hospital

We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement.

Newest Update

Journal entry by Leslie Zimmerman

A lot was going on last week.  He got a new lazy type boy chair for the sun room and a new bed coming tomorrow.  WE had our family meeting Sat about his wishes and he was cracking jokes during it.  Several uncouth suggestions on what to do with his ashes.  Thank you for posting the paintings he has done over the years for folks- I forgot about BZ! Had another gallon taken out of his tummy today.  Hope we can get that done here in the near future.  He felt better tho and wanted to stop for chicken nuggets on the way home.  I am not supposed to push food but i have to say it makes me happy when he eats.   Met his hospice team and like everyone.  He is not super happy about a person coming to assist with a shower on Friday- she will just stand outside the door for now but i wanted to get to know the whole team now.   Taking one day at a time... which is really all any of us can do right? 

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