CT Scan and Round 4

Sigh.  As promised, I stink at updating blogs.  Oh well – in this case, no news is good news.  My hair still looks about the same as it did in the last post, so there’s a good chance I’ll keep most of it.  And round 3 of chemo actually felt better than round 2.  I just got round 4 this morning, and we’ll see how it goes.  The hiccups are inevitable – they’ll start tonight and last all day tomorrow.  I’ve discovered, though, that if I just let them happen for about 15 minutes then any of the usual techniques get rid of them for a little while, sometimes even a couple hours.

Yesterday I got a CT scan to see if my lymph nodes had gone down in size.  The overall news is good: the lymph nodes have shrunk, which means the chemo is working.  They haven’t gone down as much as we might have hoped, but Dr. Gharpure says some of the mass could easily be scar tissue.  I’m getting a PET scan on Friday, and that will tell us where the cancer still is.

There’s not much more to report, other than that.  I felt well enough last week to preach in Ivyland, and it felt great to be working on a sermon, and especially great to be serving real-life people again.  I’ve been doing work revising Ager’s translation of True Christian Religion and answering emails for the office of outreach, but I’ve missed the human contact that to me is at the heart of being a minister.  I’m preaching again at the contemporary service in BA in 2 weeks, and I’m really looking forward to that.

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