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Hey Sisters,
I've an unhurried moment so I thought I'd update you. Friday, May 5, 2000, I took over the "coordinating" of Moma's case from Daddy. He couldn't tell me what she was going to have radiated that day, so I made arrangements for the grandson (called my sister and she worked from home)and I went with her to the appointment. They in fact only marked her right pelvic area and told her to come back on Monday-May 8th to get the first of ten radiation treatments to the "spots" on the pelvic bones-in hopes of reducing the weakness and pain. She also saw the oncologist and was to have her second session of chemotherapy if the blood counts were up. The blood counts were up, but when she found out we had been back to the radiation oncologist and had recieved her first treatment, she said "We don't give chemo and radiation together". Moma seems upset but the oncologist went on to tell her, "Mrs. Broome to give you the chemo along with the radiation would take everything out of your". When she left the room I told Moma that I felt fine with that. Moma is supposed to go to a bowling tournament the last weekend of May to watch her team bowl. I said, "Moma, if they had done more chemo this week, there is no way you could go to the tournament." She immediately agreed with me. I REALLY THINK THE CHEMOTHERAPY WOULD HAVE KILLED HER. One more thing "FELL INTO PLACE".
Today she had her third radiation treatment to her hip. She told them today that the pain in her leg is worse. We also questioned why she got almost immediate relief to her back after only one treatment. The radiologist said she was just lucky to have gotten relief that quickly before and that he hoped he could get her some relief soon with the additional radiation. He asked three times if she was being careful while walking, so I talked over with her about being careful while we're not there. Dad leaves for brief periods to go get lunch, etc. But we check in on her. She is taking 80 mg of the Oxycontin every morning and before bed. In between she is taking either 20 mg or 40 mgs, mostly 40 mgs.
I felt a little afraid today that maybe they might not be able to help her pain this time. She seems mentally herself. She is distant at times. It has been almost eight weeks since she got the diagnosis.
I'm going to try to chat tomorrow, we'll see how successful I am!!!
Love to you all-Dee
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