Everything today went perfectly according to plan.
The Doctor’s were able to head off a couple of potential leakage issues (as I understand it, anyway) and are very happy with the way things went. The way it’s all worked out is even safer than last time and we’re expecting good results.
Strangely enough, I don’t remember much of the procedure after the local anaesthetic went in and I felt the first little creepings of the catheter into my groin. Perhaps it’s the time between treatments or just the fact that I have developed a pretty high tolerance for pain and discomfort over the course of two years worth of chemo, but it was nowhere near as bad as I remembered it. I mostly remember smiling as they discovered my body has apparently grown a second Hepatic artery since last time. I will investigate this strange little phenomenon and find out exactly what it means, or even if I heard it correctly…. but it sounded like everyone thought it was pretty cool.
One other good thing to come from today was that they found a few more smaller tumours on the liver that the PET scan missed. So, they’re going to be targeting those as well. Nobody gets a free ride on my liver.
All in all it was a good day…. so many familiar faces and all of us happy to see each other again, even though the circumstances are so serious. There was a real sense of old friends getting back together. It’s also the first day in quite a while where I haven’t felt the compulsion to eat. I’m weaning myself off the Dexamethasone this week and it appears to be helping on the food intake side of things. It will be nice to get back to a non-ballooning and more stable weight range.
I’ve been given permission to take a camera crew in next week to film proceedings. It may take me a while to edit it all together but quite a few people have asked what the procedure is like so I figure this will be a good way to show you what happens.
Thank you for the support, everyone. It means so much to us.