I just wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for your continued support, thoughts, prayers, patience, understanding and words of encouragement expressed to me via my blog regarding my dad.It has been a trying time for all of us to endure and everything seems to be going so fast yet slow at the same time. I also wanted to give an update on my dad who continues his battle with bladder cancer. He will have a follow-up appointment next week with his oncologist, but right now the plan is for him to still undergo another round of chemo early December and then get some testing done to check on his progress. Once they evaluate his tests then the next steps will be determined. For my dad, this phase of knowing the next steps but having a possibility of changes in his treatment plan are somewhat frustrating to him because he is someone who likes to plan everything out beforehand and stay on schedule and dislikes any fluctuations. When he was expressing this to me, I said, jokingly, now I know who I got those qualities from and he laughed. He told me, but you are not like that, right? I told him well, I used to be, have a plan for everything but going through cancer changed me. Although, I still make plans, I am very flexible in my plans because you never know what life will throw at you. My dad told me yeah, but I know he is not quite on the same page as me at the moment which I understand and try to be supportive.
He has gone though some continued side effects and treatment issues. In this last treatment, the nurse was delicate in placing the tapes not too tightly which did not work well when my dad went to the restroom. The needle moved and it caused some of treatment to not go in through his vein but into his arm. He told the nurse immediately after getting out of the restroom and they quickly stopped the treatment and removed the needle and placed some cold compressions to reduce the swelling of the arm. Thankfully, he is okay but this frustrated him. He had experienced insomnia during the night so he was already a bit frustrated and then he encountered this additional setback with his treatment session which took a bit longer.
On the plus side, he has not lost his appetite so he will be able to enjoy the upcoming holiday foods. Also, today, he is feeling better and no longer feeling the frustrations that come with the challenges of a cancer battle. He has workedon getting on a positive state of mind to be able to have the strength to continue his cancer journey.