Hey everyone - Ella got her cast off today. Her arm is completely healed. She was given a sling to wear, but it didn't stay on very long. Not to worry though. It's not mandatory that she wear it. Her arm was a bit stinky. It's nice to have that weapon off of her! Thank you Dr. Latz, Kevin and Adriane!
Doug is better, his bug didn't last long, thankfully!
I forgot to tell you all yesterday, Monday, my blood was drawn to take a measure of the CEA level. CEA is a tumor marker to detect certain cancers. My level has never been tremendously high. The normal range is less than or equal to 2.5. My CEA when I was first diagnosed this past September (year 2006) was I think around 13. After surgery, my level was around 5.4. This week it was a bit elevated to 19. This doesn't necessarily mean too much, but they want to continue to watch it and make sure it doesn't continue to go up. I am not getting concerned yet. I am also going to have a PET/CT scan on this coming Monday. Again, this may not give me much information. It will tell us if there is more cancer, but the cancer I already have may not show up, so it isn't all that helpful either. That is the question... how to follow my cancer... if it is going away with the chemo or getting worse. The doctors aren't sure exactly how to monitor it. The only option may be later to go in laproscopically to take a look.
Please keep the prayers coming, that the cancer is shrinking or going away in my omentum, and not spreading to other places. Thank you for your prayers. Shawndra