Saturday, August 27, 2011

Doctor's Opinion

We had a little rest this morning before heading to the cancer center for bloodwork and a visit with the Dr.  Bloodwork was good, Doctor's reaction to Gary's face was not.  I whipped out my notes and printouts, and asked my questions.  In the end, we agreed to continue the Gemzar for a few more weeks, but he can recommend Gary for a clinical trial or refer him to Duke, Vanderbilt or M.D. Anderson if he feels it necessary.

Nurse Cindy hooked him up adding a little demerol for pain, and he was feeling good in about 1 minute.  Gemzar is a fast drip and we were ready to leave in an hour.

We are keeping all our fingers and toes crossed.

We came home to rest; well Gary rested, I worked on the computer a little more.  There's a wealth of information out there.

Next spring, for example, we are seriously thinking about Gate Guarding in Texas.  Gate Guarding is an independent contractor job for couples  Researching blogs and forums yields more information than a straight search for gate guarding.  Gary was worried about the safety of being isolated anywhere near the border of Texas for weeks, but after reading various posts, we realized it couldn't be a very dangerous job.  A Level II Security Officer Exam (which does not require you to carry a weapon), background check, fingerprints, passport pictures (for your license) and a fee are all that are required with your application.  The pay is substantial which is the main draw for a job that requires a 24/7 committment logging in every vehicle wishng to pass through the gate to the work site.  Almost everyone says it is remote, and you better have hobbies to amuse yourself, or it could be quite boring.  Gary's bringing his telescope and guitar; I'm bringing my eBook and something new to learn. 

Thank you all for your continued support for Gary.  He appreciates hearing from you all soooo much.  We will not give up no matter what.  He won't allow a photo of him anywhere, so you'll have to use your imagination.  But he is hanging in there with a positive attitude.  Best thing to do, right?

Anyhow, I worked at the CG office today.  Billy, the CG Manager, asked me if I could pleeeze work another day because two more spaces are opening up.  I said I'd have to think about it.  It would mean moving my days around at Dollywood, so I'll have to see if I can arrange that. 

Hope you are all safe and far away from the hurricane, Irene.  Isn't it great we have wheels?


  1. Glad this weeks treatment went quickly and smoothly. You two are just amazing. Your positive 'willdo' attitude is half the battle when you are fighting cancer.

    If a referral is necessary, we have first hand experience with Duke Cancer Center. Our grandson was treated there for Brain Cancer when he was 2 years old. Two Brain surgeries later, he is almost 10 and doing great!! He still goes for scans. It is an amazing facility.

    Alls well here in Murrells Inlet...Irene has moved on without much impact:o))

  2. I agree that keeping a positive attitude is half the battle, so you both already have that battle won! Don't ever give up. Wishing you the best!

  3. A positive attitude is what will get you through are both so strong!! You are both in my prayer basket daily..I read daily to see how things are going for you both...good luck with the decision on 'gate guarding'....all the best

  4. Keep that positive attitude! He's going to get better, I just know it! We'll be there tomorrow and will do our best to keep you upbeat and busy having fun. Love you both! See you soon!