I went to see Dr.Nathan Rich today and we discussed the scans. He said everything looks stable. There is a spot on my left hip that he will talk to Jay Clark (Radiation Oncologist) about, but his main concern is making sure we g0t the tumors in the brain. (I second that!)
We also talked about being dizzy and off steroids. I told Dr. Rich, Dr. Johnson perscribed hydrocortisone in pill form which mimics the bodies natural cortisol. Dr. Rich was concerned that I wasn’t taking enough! He gave me 10 mg of Dexamethazone before I got the Zometa. He was hoping I’d lose some of this crazy dizziness by tonight. Unfortunately I still feel like I’m on a cruise ship and the waves are trying to knock me overboard. Not quite as bad as “Whole brain radiation,” but bad none the less. I’m guessing this is a great sign that this last round of radiation got those last two tumors and I just need to give my body time to heal from the radiation. Which leads me to the great article on adversity in last Sunday’s Church News: ”Crucible of adversity” Elder Marion G. Romney served as counselor to two Church Presidents, referred to mortality as “the crucible of adversity and affliction.” While no one chooses adversity or suffering, we can all be spiritually strengthened through humbly seeking the Lord in difficult times. OK. I can do this! Love to all—Melanie
On Saturday morning, Kalani had her harp Festival. She worked so hard at memorizing the two pieces, but in the end, she played with music. She knew she could earn an EXCELLENT, but not a SUPERIOR. She was ok with that.