This morning Sandi was scheduled to have blood work and a doctor visit. It was a total cluster you know what today. Staff shortages coupled with equipment on the fritz meant they were running over an hour behind. Then, because her blood pressure was significantly elevated they made us stay an extra 30 minutes after we were done to see if it would come down.
MRI shows the tumor has shrunk and is losing its definition which
means the edges are dissolving. It also shows significant scar
tissue in the area from the radiation as well as a very large area extending outside the radiation area that is swollen and inflamed. The
belief is that the severe pain she is feeling is from that as well as the
nerves in the area that are regenerating. If the pain remains severe
they will have her on some sort of steroid regimen to help things.
While her red blood cell count remains stable, her white blood
cell count has slipped significantly again so she starts IVIG
infusions again on the 30th. It would have been next Wednesday, but
they decided to back it up a week and not force her in. It is not surprising that they have to do this, but it is an indication that her blood work is no longer stable.