Hi Everyone. Sorry for the lack of updates this week. Maarten has been feeling sicker and weaker longer this round then previous ones- He doesn’t have much energy and spends most of his time on the couch with the cat (exhibit A!) or sleeping. He’s napping a lot for someone who always said ‘I don’t believe in naps’ (like it’s a philsophy or a religion….let me tell you I’m a believer!).
The past few days I have been sick with a cold…which is a bit nerve wracking when living with someone who has chemo. The LAST thing I want to do is get him sick. I suppose next time it happens I shall have to do the right thing and sacrifice my self by checking into a spa to recover. KLM flies to the Caribbean, right? I hear the sea air is good to recover one’s health :).
Next week we meet with the Oncologist on Monday, then Wednesday Maarten goes back to the OLVG to begin the final round of Chemo. I’ve been asked a lot what the next steps are after the chemo is over and the answer is, we’re not sure. There are two possibilities, something or nothing. What will most likely happen is nothing. He will take a PETscan and see what is left behind after the chemo. If what is left behind is under 3cm then I believe the protocol is to monitor the tumor with Pet Scans and blood tests every few months. The tumor, once the cancerous cells are gone (which I think they already are) should shrink on it’s own. If Something needs to happen, meaning the tumor hasn’t shrunk enough, then there will be either surgery to remove it, or radiation to kill it more. We’re hoping for the first option, nothing.
On a different note, we’ve had problems with Maarten’s ‘Unemployment’ payment. It seems that since Maarten had the nerve to get sick after he gave his notice to end his employment contract, He doesn’t fit within the rules of the Uwv (the deciding organization). Thanks to Anita (who helped us out while on vacation in Bali- THAT is dedication- big up to you!!) and her colleague Gerda who are helping us out with the maze of paperwork that is bureaucracy. After much fretting, nail biting and several phone calls (not to mention an slightly stressed Maarten going in for a refill, since he recieved the letter from the Uwv right before his treatment), we think it’s going to turn out all right.
Thanks for all of the comments. They Make Maarten feel better.