My next appointment at MD Anderson is Wednesday 5/16/18. My Mom is going with me this trip and we will arrive on Tuesday afternoon to be ready for the first appointment at 7:15 am on Wednesday to get blood drawn. I will then see my medical oncologist Dr. Hwu at 8:30 am and then get my second dose infused of Ipilmumab and Nivolumab immunotherapy. We are going to stay the night Wednesday so that I'm close to the hospital for roughly 24 hours following the treatment and then head home Thursday afternoon.
When I return 3 weeks later for the third infusion, they will be doing an MRI of brain and a CT Scan of my pelvis and chest. That will be the first time that we see the comparison of tumor information against the original data collected when we found the cancer.
I've been able to keep the pain in my abdomen pretty well under control. I eat about 1/2 of what I am used to, but have been able to eat regularly without much nausea. The last 10 days or so I have been able to go about my days pretty well, but taking it very easy with plenty of rest.
Harvey plans to return to work on Monday 5/14. He has been with me every day since 4/17/18. It's been nice having a handsome 24 hour nurse on hand...LOL! Thank you babe, you have been amazing!
That's it for now. Thank you everyone for all your amazing support! I Love You All!
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