Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wednesday March 2

Thank goodness February is over!

Yesterday (Tuesday), Heidi, my mom and I went to the Cleveland Clinic for my EGD with Ultrasound.  It went well.  They used my mediport to give me sedation drugs (I was awake entire time) and first put scope down and took pictures and biospy the walls of esophagus.  I have had this done before.  Then they put a bigger scope down which has an ultrasound camera on it and they can look through the walls of esophagus to inside of your chest cavity.  They also put a pin through the wall of esophagus and took biopsy of lymph nodes.  That is pretty amazing.  Never had that done before.  The surgeon (Dr. Thomas Rice) will use these test to help him determine along with my scans to see if surgery is an option at this time.  I see him on Monday.

They also called me yesterday and moved my radiation treatments back one week until March 14.  This is to give the surgeon time to see if he can do surgery or not.  The radiation group was a week ahead of everyone else, so they had to slow down and let everyone else catch up.  So on March 14, I will start radiation and chemo.  I will be admitted to Cleveland Clinic on March 14 for (4) nights.  Radiation will last 6-7 weeks.  Everyday.  Chemo will be given weeks 1 and weeks 4.  This is all assuming that the surgeon does not want to do surgery yet. 

We had to take my mom to the Clinic so she would get bugging me.  She has never been there and not a trip she can make on her own.  She would not even be able to find Cleveland, let alone the Cleveland Clinic. haha

I am feeling better today, the head is closer to normal, no nausea, still have diarrhea but not as bad.  I have been eating very good.  Been taking short walks daily to get some exercise.  That is why I need spring to get here!


  1. I'm glad that you're feelling better and able to eat and take walks....I know that you're prepping for another medical marathon and you need all of the good days you can get.

    Praying, praying, praying.

  2. Hi Don! Todd and I are buying a house in your neighborhood! Just down the street! We hope to move there in April.
    Any time you need anything, please let us know. I think you have my cell just text me.
    You and Heidi are in my prayers daily.
    Hang in there...sounds like you're on the right track! xxoo

  3. Don, Great seeing you & Heidi again. Glad we could laugh about old times. It's 3 a.m. so I probably could have just called you...haha...hopefully you slept all night since you didn't nap yesterday and we partied til 9 ;) Anyhow, take care and know you are in our thoughts and prayers as thoughts of you enter our minds many times a day. God goes before you in these coming days & holds your future in His Almighty Hands. Love you!

  4. Hope you got a chance to get out and enjoy the sunshine and blue sky today, Don. The squirrels, chipmunks, racoons and robins were all active in my yard today showing God's promise for spring and renewal. Glad the Clev. Clinic procedure went well. Praying for the best result possible and for peace in the storm.