I was out walking around today and, apparently, got too close to a hospital. When I got home, this was on my arm:
They caught me and tagged me! Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was banded and reciting my full name and date of birth to people with scapels in their hands? I must be absolutely crazy, but it’s another week and I haven’t had an operation yet, so let’s not fall behind the schedule.
My surgeon seemed puzzled, but gave me the all clear with regard to my infection being eradicated and surgery being an okay, fun thing to do. Apparently, there’s no time like tomorrow to put another permacath into my jugular vein and down into my heart.
Yes, I still have a hole in my chest, but they are going to do it on the other side this time – the side where I have a 3 inch incision from where they took out my other port, lest the infection travel to it.
Surgery is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, July 31st. This will be #3, if you’re counting:
- surgery to place the ill-fated chest catheter in me to begin with,
- emergency surgery to save my life after the catheter went south and became infected,
- the surgery tomorrow to get me and my blood “accessible” once again and to bring us back to where we started.
Remember, this is all about a new immunotherapy called “Provenge.” I need the catheter so they can pump my blood out of me to then capture my white blood cells to have them modified to specifically target and destroy my cancer and then put back into me. Got it?
I am one third through this treatment with three weeks left to go. When completed, I will have the catheter removed, catch my breath, and try to get back to the good old days of just having advanced stage IV metastatic prostate cancer.
I’m bothering you tonight to ask for one thing:
Please pray for me, in whatever way is your practice, for the next 3 weeks until this therapy is successfully completed and the catheter is removed. Another infection would make me want to jump off the roof of the hospital and rip the catheter out of me on the way down.
Hey, it would save me having a fourth surgery.
I really need you guys right now.