Infusion #25

On Wednesday, June 24, Lois had Chemo Infusion #25 and the fourth one since we started the new the new regimen, Folfiri. We arrived in Iowa City on Tuesday evening so we could be at the hospital for lab work at 6:30 am followed by a CT Scan. We met with Dr. Halfdanarson at 10:30 am and learned that the CT Scan showed no change; the tumors in the liver haven’t changed at all since the first of May. In fact, when the radiologist’s report came through later in the day, he thought a few of the tumors may be slightly larger.

The CEA number, that tumor marker we keep track of, went from 13.8 to 15.4. The Dr. waved that off saying a one point change is not unusual and he wasn’t overly concerned with that. We will continue on the Folfiri regimen and plan to do three more infusions before another full set of labs and a CT Scan.

Once again, the drugs they give Lois to mitigate side effects enabled her to sleep for most the infusion time. Because she is tolerating the chemo so well, they were able to speed up the delivery so that the entire infusion was a little more than three hours. I really appreciate the Ethernet connection in the room which helps me use the wait to be productive.

Lois is feeling well enough this morning that we went over to Joy and Tony’s house for a few minutes to be with Broc who is celebrating his 5th birthday today!

Thanks for praying!

4 thoughts on “Infusion #25”

  1. Jim,
    Thanks for the update on Lois. I will keep praying. I was hoping for some positive changes going her way with these new tests. I know God is listening…….all in His time. Love in Christ, donna

  2. Standin’ in the GAP for you my sweet friend, continuing to trust Sweet Jesus with your care always. Thanks for the update Jim, you are also in my prayers. Because of HIM and HIS Love, Jean

  3. Dear Lois, and Jim,
    You are in our prayers every day, Just wish we were closer, so we could give you more support. Thank you so much for keeping us up to date. I remember all this so much, with Brother Harold, Sisters, Mary and Mildred. Mary’s Mother, Dad, and Brother went through all this. Her Brother often commented on how he could feel the strength coming from everyones prayers. So lets all keep praying.
    We had another good rain here this afternoon, so I got rained out of the hay field.
    Mary had another Birthday yesterday, so she has caught up with me again, untill Oct. 19 when I will pull ahead again. We went to the Blue Grass Festival Sat. evening and had dinner there. To Church on Sunday, then met the kids from two of our families up at rough lock falls in Spearfish Canyon for a picnic Lunch. Mary likes going on picnics. I would rather set at the table.
    Lets keep up our faith, and keep praying.
    Our men’s Bible Study last Wed. Morning at 6:30 at one of the local cafe’s, had 10 guys there, We studied Mark on the Women who tuched Jesus robe and was healed. Miracles do happen, with lots of faith.
    Mary and Jack

  4. Hi Jim and Lois,
    Thanks for so faithfully updating this site. I continue to pray for you and your family. I will home in 2 weeks and am hoping for at least a short visit with you. I will call when I get to Iowa.

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