While on our walk, we met the husband of a girl our age who also has melanoma. She did 6 rounds of biochemo last year and was then classified as NED (no evidence of disease). Just after she got the all clear, her husband was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Then on her 3 month follow up, they found her melanoma was back. So now, she is doing a new treatment. I just can't imagine 2 young married people having cancer at the same time. Terrible. While on our walk, we also caught up with another couple who we met on Steve's first cycle. This man did high dose IL-2 only for his first treatment. Unfortunately, his scans showed no results. So, this was his first week doing biochemo like Steve. We all sit and chit chat, but I never think to get anyone's name, Facebook, etc so we can keep in contact. I'm going to be sure and do that next time. Maybe I will have some business cards made with our names, Facebook info, and blog info. Then I don't have to worry about writing it all down. We could give them to the other patients we meet, doctors, nurses, volunteers, anyone who may wanna follow our story. I know I would love to follow the other patients.
After our nurse got back from lunch, we let her know we wanted to be discharged. She contacted Dr. Kim and the Physicians Assistant came by to make sure Steve was ok to leave. Most patients who do this treatment gain 15-40 pounds in fluid weight while they are undergoing treatment. On "recovery" day they get lasiks to get rid of the extra fluid. Cycle 1 and 2 Steve only gained 5 pounds and he didnt gain any weight this time. So, there was no concern there. He is able to get up and walk around on his own, so there was no concern there. So, we got the all clear to leave. We were both so happy to be home in our own bed tonight. We got home a little after 6pm. Sadie is out of town with a friend and mom said she would go ahead and keep Ashlynn so we could rest and since Ashlynn would be asleep in the next hour or so anyhow. (Thanks Mom!!! Love you!!) When we got home, Steve layed down to watch TV. I was able to clean litter boxes, sweep and mop the kitchen (how do cats make such a mess???), water all of the plants, go through all of the mail, and unpack all of our bags. Then I had to make a grocery store run to get Steve some Gatorade, and his grocery requests. I made him a grilled cheese and tomato soup when I got home. He ate it all. It's amazing how much better he eats when he is home.
So now what? Well, we are halfway finished with the biochemo treatment!! In 2 weeks, we will go back for cycle 4. Before cycle 5 Steve will get a new CAT scan to compare to his last CAT scans. Steve's brother, sister in law, and nieces are coming from Biloxi to visit this weekend. Hoping for a good 2 weeks for Steve! I know he is looking forward to the visit from his brother and family (we all are!!).