A lot actually. My Mom got back into town earlier this week, so I’ve been basically living over there and taking care of her (running errands, cooking meals, helping her get around, etc…hence the lack of posts lately). Overall she seems to be doing ok, but her mobility is still severely impaired. The docs say she should be back to pre-biopsy status by February or so, meaning about 80% mobile compared to what I’d say is about 50% now.
While we have a diagnosis now, there is still no prognosis whatsoever. That being said, they have recommended an intensive 2 week round of radiation treatment (10 sessions total of about 30 minutes each…I don’t know if that’s a lot, but it sure does sound like it is) with one of the foremost radiation experts in the field up at Wake Forest hospital in Winston-Salem (about an hour drive from Charlotte). The good news is that her entire family lives up there, so she’ll be well taken care of, and I can run up there on a moment’s notice if need be.
As with any type of treatment that targets rapidly growing cells, there are no guarantees (well, besides losing your hair which we’ve actually managed to joke about a little bit) of success, and at this point it’s the only treatment option available so we’re really keeping our fingers crossed. From the little bit of research I’ve done on radiation therapy, it’s not as nasty as chemo, but it still seems to be nasty enough so I guess it’s very much a hurry up and wait process to see how her body reacts.
In other news, I spent almost 2 hours today deleting the some 600 trackback spams that folks so kindly left on my site throughout the week (thanks!)…I would disable trackbacks, but they are pretty much the currency of the blogging world, so I’ll just grin and bear it for now. Also, the whole eBay thing has turned into one of the worst nightmares I’ve ever gone through…I will most definitely post about it once the dust settles on that fiasco. I’m pretty sure eBay is going to lose a member though (I’ve been there for 5 years, but I really don’t think I’ll miss them after the ordeal I’ve gone through this week).
At least the holidays are here, and I’ll get to spend some time with family/friends that I don’t get to see too often…so I guess that kind of offsets all the negativity surrounding me as of late. It’s all good, and I’m definitely staying as positive as possible. Cheers.