I am on vacation from chemo this week, but I am having some swelling in my ankles and knees. The Peterson Family blog said that low hemoglobin could be the culprit and mine has been just below the anemic line. My CA 19-9 tumor marker was back down to 2800 something last week. When I go back next week, I know Dr. Bergen wants to start Avastin, but I don't know how soon, I'm guessing the day of the appointment.
Otherwise, I feel pretty darn good and have a good appetite. In fact, I think I've gained some weight. I do have some pain in the joints from the swelling, some in the abdomen from the enlarged liver pressing on the liver's capsule or membrane. Or could it be the inner incision from the surgery or from the tumors? Anyway, we won't really know how the chemo is working until the next scan which Dr. Bergen wants to do after the next chemo cycle. He says the bloodwork also helps him monitor where we're at. My billirubin and liver enzymes have been okay. Some other blood chemistry related to the liver is up, and he's watching that. The tumor marker gives him some indication of disease progression but isn't entirely reliaable.
The writing conference is great! I had a screenwriting class last weekend and this week I'm in a beginning memoir class with Barbara Robinette Moss. Her memoir is Change Me Into Zeus's Daughter, and now she has a second one entitled Fierce. I've read the first one and it was so good. She is a wonderful instructor. In fact, I need to get back to my writing.
I went to Taos Pueblo on Monday, something I'd never done despite having once lived in New Mexico and having visited here many times. I said a little prayer in the Pueblo church for myself, othere cholangio patients, and for everyone I know. Then, I bought myself a few trinkets in the shops including a storyteller figurine to help inspire my writing.
Just here in Taos writing about my cancer experiences. Maybe I really will get a book written before I leave this world.