my PSA has gone up (again) and is now ALMOST 1000. It's 980.0
My platelets having dropped to 6,000.
I was prepared to argue with my oncologist about doing the chemo (Jevtana) that she has me scheduled for again on Thursday...but, alas...
there was no argument. She concurred that I need to let my body have more time to "rest" and "heal" from the treatments...and hopefully regain my bone marrow's ability to create blood....platelets, hemoglobin, white cells, red cells, etc.
so I am on "holiday" from treatment for a while...only going in twice a week for blood work and transfusions with platelets and whole blood when needed.
After I recover (hopefully) I will (as we see it now) begin treatment with Ztiga. She had had a meeting of the brains with my former oncologist and he and she agreed this might be my best move forward. I am still overwhelmed with my belief in "Ediam"~~every day is a miracle.
I shared it with her and she agreed. I am the most "unique" patient that she has to be doing so "well" for so long with such bad "numbers" and bad "Scans".
This cancer journey with Stage 4 (having lasted almost 8 years)...has been a remarkable learning experience. I've learned about cancer, treatments, my body, and people around me and how they react to my honesty. I know I have helped some people (especially on my online cancer support group) and that's made me feel really good. Life IS Beautiful NOW!
re. my issue with blood and clots coming out of my Penis....I have been drinking lots of red grape juice and cranberry juice and using a cloth saturated in Castor Oil with a heating pad over it(for appx one hour daily)...I use it along my penis and up my lower tummy. Where the skin is closest to the Urethra. Since starting doing this ....my bleeding went away quickly and I am not having any clots or blockages....and my urine is all crystal clear....that with such low platelets (6000) . It sounds like a crazy "folk" medicine thing...but I am realizing that castor oil is an amazing thing...and I have researched and find that both red grape juice and cranberry juice have something in them that causes the urethra to not allow infections and things to "stick to the walls"....it puts up a barrier. I'm happy to be peeing again....but I also finally have an urologist appointment coming up this next Friday. He's going to do a cystoscopy (camera up my penis) to see what's going on.
p.p.s. photo today...no food...me under my big love in the garden...my wonderful banana trees.