Today is Super Bowl Sunday and we are gearing up for a great game tonight! We are sipping on some Blue Moons while 4 lbs of baby back ribs cook in the slow cooker and my mom makes some home made queso. Super Bowl Sunday is always a great excuse to cook some incredible food and hang out with family and friends. The food stats for today are unreal. It is the second largest food consumption day in America, after Thanksgiving. I saw on a news broadcast this morning that Papa Johns expects to deliver over 1,000,000 pizzas today. Unbelievable.
On Thursday I had another PET Scan done and it came back saying that the malignancy of my tumor has been cut in half again and is down from an 8 to a 4 at the hottest point. It’s good news, but doesn’t really change anything as far as the surgery goes, because we still don’t have any real margins to work with to make limb salvage seem safe, so I think we will probably move forward with the amputation. We are going to talk to Dr. Rosen on Monday and make our final decision about the surgeon we will use and then go ahead and schedule the surgery in about 2 weeks to give my counts time to stabilize after this last round of chemo.
We met with one final surgeon on Friday and he seemed very good. We had to venture into Brooklyn to meet with him though, which was a good 35 minute cab ride (and a subway ride back). He seemed to think that there wouldn’t be enough good tissue to make a knee disarticulation possible, and we would have to do an above knee amputation. That might be the case, but I’m still hoping we can make the knee disarticulation work! I don’t know that it will make a huge difference, but I’ve got my heart set on it. I guess we’ll just play it by ear. If we can’t get the margins we need then obviously I’ll just tell them to do what they need to do. There isn’t any point in amputating and still leaving a chance for the cancer to recur locally!
On a different note, my regular nurse at the Cancer Center is named Sarah and she is an incredible person and has been a great help to us during everything we have been going through. She is getting married soon and is trying to win some free invitations for her wedding in a contest that a company is running on Facebook. To win she needs votes and I told her I would post on here to see if we can drum up some support! You need a facebook account to vote, so if you are on facebook, please go to this link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Verity-Ink/106551641837?v=wall.
You have to “Like” the facebook page (click on the Thumbs Up, “Like” button at the top of the page) and then go down to Sarah and Raz on the facebook wall and “Like” the post about them. The picture that I have posted right here is their picture on there, so just look for that. Whoever has the most “Like” votes at the end of the contest wins free wedding invitations from the company. Hopefully we can help get her in contention!
I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and has a great Super Bowl Sunday. Go Packers!