Friday, April 2, 2010

April 2, 2010

Kim called today to give me the update on Charlie.

Yesterday Charlie had another round of chemotherapy and he is really getting beat up by it at this point. She said he is really exhausted and was still sleeping when I spoke to her at 8:30 this morning.

All his blood work is still looking great although when they saw Dr. Potz yesterday they were very anxious to get the MRI results from the test last week. Unfortunately the area scanned was his back and not the neck which is what the doctor wanted to see. He advised Charlie to go back as soon as he can to get the MRI of the neck. What happened was that Dr. Potz called the radiation oncologist to start the radiation on the two new spots on the cervical spine, the radiation doc said no and to get the MRI first. Well he wrote for the wrong test which had Charlie in the scanner for 1 1/2 hours!!! Kim said Charlie will probably be back in the scanner the beginning of next week, but this test will not have him in there for as long as the last test did!!!

Also Kim asked Dr. Potz what he meant when he told them two weeks ago that there was a "dramatic" improvement. Kim, being a numbers gal and all, wanted percentages. She asked 10%, 20% better. Dr. Potz said no, more like better than 50%. He said that the cancer is out of the lymph nodes all together and that there is a 50% + improvement in the lungs and liver. Awesome news!!!

So it was a bit of a mixed bag as far as good news verses bad news, but at least the bad news of having to go back to MRI is a fairly fixable problem.

Please continue to keep Charlie and Kim in your prayers and thank you for all your support. Love from all of us to you and a very Happy Easter too!!!

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