Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Bloods still improving Whoop Whoop !!

My Bilirubin has dropped 4 points to 20 and is just 3 points off being back in range. The Albumin has increased by 2 and is 2 points off being back in range and the Alkaline Phosphatase  has dropped by 33 and is 119 points off being back in range.  The interesting thing is that this is all being done without any conventional or Homeopathic drugs :-)
My Potassium level is back in range for the first time since 11th March.  Again no Drugs, increased it with a combination of foods and drinks  rich in Potassium and Magnesium.
Annoyingly the Acities has returned.  Initially I was putting on 1lb a day which was worrying as I thought I would be back in hospital by now with another drain or even having a permanent one fitted.  However I have managed to halt the increase by eating and drinking natural diuretics and have even lost 1lb in weight.  I am able to cope with the symptoms so far and hoping that I can reduce the fluid collection naturally to avoid another drain.
Discussing the cause of the Acities my oncologist advised it is a symptom of active cancer cells in the  Peritoneal cavity where the Liver sits in. These cancer cells are unlikely to show up on a CT Scan as they are tiny, however the chemotherapy, should it work, will also reduce the fluid by killing off the cancer cells. 

My CT Scan is booked for the 3rd May and my next Oncology appointment is the 14th May where I will have the results.  Meanwhile I am going to start my Homeopathy medicines and see what the impact of them will be on my bloods and Acities :-) 
All in all I feel very positive!!

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Quick update - A fantastic week all round...

I have had my Acities dealt with last Thursday.  Over 5.5 litres of  fluid drained loosing over a stone in weight.  I can breath easier and my mobility has improved and I feel better than I have in a long time.  Just getting my appetite back and build up my strength . 

I had clinic today which delivered more good news as my liver functions have all improved !!!  Despite having Local Anesthetic, pain killers and anti sickness drugs when I had my Acities fluid drained and having a 24 hour vomiting bug.  We agreed that my body has just had so much to deal with and is now starting to get back to normal.

This means I am going to give Capecitabine another go in 2 weeks time starting with lower dosage to see what the side effects are going to be like.  The success of this will be measured by a having a CT Scan when I start and one more probably after 3 months like last time to look for reduction in the tumours. Also I will have blood tests every 3 weeks.  My oncologist did reiterate that just because it worked a year ago doesn't always mean that it will work again and I assured her I understand that risk but I am going to combine this with the homeopathy drugs as well.  Keeping my fingers and toes crossed...

I am seeing a light and normality at the end of the tunnel and feel I can even start thinking about escaping back to work xx.