In a couple of weeks, just before Thanksgiving, we return to Dr Sheehan for another checkup. It has been 6 weeks since the last time we saw him. As many of you will remember, earlier this summer the cancer returned with heightened "numbers." Six weeks ago the increase was happening, but not rapidly. Soon we will find out what our next step is? Chemotherapy? Or more "watching and waiting" for another 6 weeks?
For the past four weeks we have been monitoring a persistent cough that Sabine has acquired. On Monday she went in to urgent care and had an xray taken. The doc thought he heard something in her lungs and ordered an xray. Doxycycline (an antibiotic) was prescribed. At first they thought the xray was clear, then called us back because of something suspicious. Sabine's primary car doc then scheduled another xray at the end of this month. Waiting.
Of course the question we have is whether or not this lung thing is a result of the cancer or is it something else? Sabine continues regular exercise and seems her old perky self. That's good.
But caregivers like me watch their loved ones like a hawk. Not wanting to frighten them but being careful and watchful. We have seen too many in our cancer support group deteriorate and deteriorate quickly. I am not alarmed. But I remain on alert!