Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I Have Good News, and Bad News

The good news first: my fiancé is done with treatment! His doc wanted him to go 48 weeks, but we ended up compromising to 36 weeks. However, the beginning of this month, my man had some serious blood issues come up and was by his PCP's associate to come off the Riba (and Pegasys) for the weekend. All during that weekend, all we did was talk about whether or not my fiancé wanted to go back on the treatment. When all was said and done, he made the final decision to remain off the treatment and call it done. He'd done 30 weeks at that point anyway, so it seemed the best idea. I already see a difference in him. And we're both hoping to see even more as the weeks go by!! (they did one more test @ 30 weeks and that came back UNDETECTABLE as had all previous tests.)

The bad news: he's been having the same symptoms and pain as he had in his leg and back as he did just before his surgery in November. He's been convinced the disc they operated on had ruptured again and, after three MRIs (cervical, thoracic, and lumbar), his neurosurgeon told us today that the same disc (L2/L3) had, indeed, ruptured again. So CAT scan this coming Monday and surgery again. I'm hoping the recovery will not be bad; he somehow feels it will be longer and harder, but I'm putting it out in the universe for successful surgery and better/easier recovery. It is what it is and we just have to go with the program, taking each day as it comes.

I feel bad for him because it seems, just when we thought his strength was coming back and things were going to get better, this happens and it's two steps back.

However, I think it's hugely important to focus on the good news: finishing with the triple threat therapy and looking forward to the next appointment with Dr. Goldberg (6 months) for a final test and, hopefully, the same result as all tests to date: UNDETECTABLE!

His current weight is 176.4....still losing a little but hopefully, now that he's done with the Ribavirin, his anorexia will go away and things will balance out a bit. His appetite is mostly back and he needs no more ARANESP shots as of last week, so the anemia is gone!