|Eli before surgery with a postser from his church class.|
|Eli is wearing leg "massagers" to avoid blood clots.|
Ok, moving on…. So, Eli had his cells harvested Friday as you know. We were told it would take four weeks to “cook” the cells - my terminology. So, the concern has always been what the cancer is doing while the cells cook. Well, it’s growing, no doubt. This is an aggressive cancer, respecter of no cutting-edge treatment protocol schedule. It seemed to be growing slowly comparing his two last MRI’s, but Dr. Zaky said it is not unusual for the cancer to take a jump in growth rate after having been off chemo for a while. We had discussed a chemo in the interim, but the window is too small for chemo to help much. So, they decided to take a chance and do nothing. Well, what we didn’t know was that there will be an MRI again before his first treatment to get a baseline. It is possible that the disease could progress so much at that point, that he will be booted from the protocol - he will be a lost cause. We did not know this, and of course, that is just disheartening news. So, number one, pray that Eli’s cancer is a slow-grower. The good news is that we learned that his cells will be ready much earlier than expected. I’m taking it as good news, although my mind wants to wonder why suddenly they are ready early. Did the lab just not have the workload it thought it did, or did they decide to pull them before they were maxed out trying to get them to him quickly. Without a decade of specialized higher medical education, I have to trust that the lab guys know what they are doing. So, we are taking it as good news that Eli will have his baseline MRI April 24th, and have his first injection of natural killer cells April 27th.
|My view from my room today.|