Well today was the day of the revisit to Dr. G the Oncologist. Today I was determined to keep my own counsel since my views of what I’d like to see are in opposition to others. I was interested however in what he’d have to say. No mention was made of the need for a new scan in order to ascertain the growth of the monster inside Julia. I’m surprised since I really wanted to know the truth and see that it’s not eating away at her. Since we’ve had the morphine increased since we last saw him I thought that might have triggered a response.
I must explain that my reason for wanting to know the growth rate of the tumour is to see if we can find whether it’s approaching a point beyond where the nerves were cut in the operation. If so, I’d hoped maybe for some chemo tablets to set it in retreat again. Others understandably think it better not to know but to carry on as we are now while she’s doing well. It looks like Dr. G may agree since as I say the subject wasn’t raised. What was raised however was the weight loss. 5 kilo’s over 6 weeks may not sound much ( especially to someone on a diet) but this loss takes Julia below the 8 stone mark which worries me- especially since I bought her suit for the wedding and it’s not going to fit now. I’m doing all I can to encourage her to eat which includes eating out as often as possible and suggesting puddings which might entice her. Lunchtime seems to be the only real attempt at a meal. She admitted this to him today rather than saying she’s trying. Today she said she just can’t face food most of the time and it holds no interest. He’s prescribed an appetite inducer which should help me in my battles with her, and her in her battles with food. Our daughter and niece made various suggestions as to what to do including trying breakfast, milkshakes and a biscuit with each cup of tea or coffee. It’s a big shopping day tomorrow so I’ll increase the list and add some bananas.
That was about it except for some blood tests which proved to be clear so her vital organs are still working OK. Now it’s up to Ju to try and keep to an eating regime and fill out a bit again. Even her skin tight jeans now hang like she no longer has a bottom and her legs are stick thin- no change there then. Tomorrow we’re due to have a family photograph taken so dressing for that may give her a boost after a breakfast and a light lunch. Perhaps being conscious of the difference in her size now compared to when she last wore the outfit will reinforce the message about food too.
So currently there’s no real news and unless things change for the worse we don’t see Dr.G for another 6 weeks. I just hope things continue to be relatively pain free and Julia can carry on riding which she enjoys so much. It looks like we’re on target for our daughter’s wedding in September which is Julia’s main goal now. Onward and upward I hope to the next target, a grandchild !