While the CA 19-9 marker is climbing, my PET/CT scan is clear. VERY clear. So, we watch over the coming months/years and see what's going on. That's great news!
Now the longer version:
I went in for my last chemo visit. I was a bundle of nerves. I was shaking and emotionally a mess. I warned my RN that my blood pressure would be up because I was expecting bad news form the doc. It was up! 150/97.
The doc arrived and we discussed my numbers. He indicated that anything could bring that marker up like a change in meds or even an infection. Later, after thinking it over, it's probably this gnarly rash I have on my hands from the Gemzar.
Finished with the doc, and went home to crash and shiver.
I'm feeling a lot better now that the scans came back clear.
Now I get to wait a while and do the following:
Visit the dentist! Once this round of chemo is cleared I can have my teeth cleaned.
Use a toothpick!
Shave with a razor routinely.
Being able to remember again!
Then! Make it to my first birthday following diagnoses and treatments.