Feb 02, 2014 - 5:02 am
Its hard to believe that we started this journey only 6 months ago, it seems like years have gone by. My arling wife of 37 years (as of a couple of weeks ago) went to the emergency room with a pain in the tummy and vomiting and was admitted. Over the next 4 days all sorts of scans and tests were done leading the surgeon to believe it was gallstones. He asked a retiring gynocologist to assist with a laperoscopy eamination where some marks were detected on her right ovarey, a section f the bowell and her perritoniel lining plus some discolouration of the omentum. The gall bladder was enlarged and they decided to leave it alone and send Beth for treatment of ovarian cancer. Beth was admitted as an outpatient to the gynocology oncology unit at a Melbourne hospital a couple of hours away. 2 weeks after the laporoscopy we were in the unit for the first of 6 treatments using carbo/taxol. The first treatment went without any hitches with Beth feeling quite sick after 3 days. During the second treatment Beth had a reaction to the drugs, After a short break in administering the drugs it was restarted and she finished a little later than expected. Unfortunately she suffered some pain similar to the reaction after 4 days and had a panic attack. Some diazapan and all was well. We went for a scan after round 2 and had round 3 after which we talked with the surgeons about a debaulking surgery 4 weeks after round 3. A blood test the week before showed her plate levels were to low so a transfusion was needed before we headed back to Melbourne. Surgery day arrived and we were expecting some major surgery but when the surgeon opened her tummy all the spots they were looking for had dissapeared and the surgeons now believed thet the spots found earlier were secondary to a tumor in the gall bladder. The tumor in the gall bladder had been misread as gallstones but had been shrunk by 2/3 with the treatments. After further discussion with the surgeons and medical oncologists it was decided to keep up with the original treatment plan and monitor for future patient treatment. The next treatment was a week before christmas and unfortunately christmas eve was another 7 hours spent in emergency recieving a potassium infusion. The first treatment of the new year went well and we thought we could get thru without the few sickly days but unfortunately while taking a shower Beth feeling a bit dizzy and sat on a chair and fainted. Another trip to the emergengy room and some fluids given and home for a few days of rest. On wednesday we head down to Melbourne for the last round and in a way we are looking forward to it. Over the time we have seen the ca125's drop from 260 down to tier current level of 4. We really cant thank the staff at our local hospital and those at the unit in Melbourne enough. The unit is a specialist oncology unit that only treats 6 ladies each of the 3 days they operate, it has been a very personal and comfortable enviorment. I hope some one can gain some strength out of our journey. I call it our journey as i cant see how anyone could let a loved one make this journey alone.