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On to “Plan B”

OK, “Plan A” didn’t work so well.  Just got back from having my third CT scan in less than two months. 

The CT today showed both growth of the tumors I had as well as more tumors in my liver.  Not a big increase in the amount or size of the ones in my pancreas.  The Dr. was not pleased with the progress of the chemo drug we were using especially with the side effects I am having so here is what we are going to do…….

I am going to have a “port” installed in my upper chest  next Tuesday at 9:00am that will be used for the new chemo drug, fluorouracil.  After having this done, out-patient surgery, I will then get a “fanny pack” pump that I will wear all the time and it will administer the chemo 24/7.  I will get a refill of the drug once a week in the Dr.s office which should only take about 10 minutes to fill my sac.  Three weeks on of 24/7 chemo and one week off. 

So that is where we are now.  Not much luck with the other treatment.  Maybe better luck with this one.  The good news is that I am back to about 90% of how I felt before the chemo started so it is back to work tomorrow.  Sue is going to go with me so wish us luck.

Thanks  again for all of your support.

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10 Responses to “On to “Plan B””

  1. Sharon Fritz Says:

    Thanks for updating us so quickly. I am glad you are feeling well enough to go to the office and will have a few days before you start the new program. Here is to a successfull “plan B”

  2. Kelly Says:

    you forgot the best part: the drug’s “common” name is 5-FU, which i think is a great name for a cancer drug :)

  3. Vicki Shawger Says:

    Well, we were all praying for better news here. Wishing you the best for the new plan. Good luck at the office tomorrow. Great pic by the way. You probably haven’t seen Bob in at least six years - you two look strangely similar, no hair, healthy waistline and a warm-up (for the non-athletic) uniform. Take care!

  4. Bob Says:

    Thanks Vicki. I think the angle that the photo was taken at makes my waistline looks healthier than it really is. Believe that? Hope your family, Bobs’ and your mother are all doing well.

    Later, Bob

  5. Mary Anne Fletcher Says:

    Skippy,
    It is always good to have a Plan B and especially one that we can refer to as 5-FU. Having a fanny pack will just help you fit in with all the other old folks at your “office”.
    We were so hoping for better news and will continue to believe in miracles. I know that you will fight this with the help of your family, friends and the doctors that are so caring.
    I was so glad to hug you and Sue the other day. Sitting and talking to you was just like old times…you can still make me laugh!
    Brent and I are planing to see you soon and, as always, you continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love to you both,
    Mary Anne

  6. Stephanie Schultz Says:

    Bob,
    It was very good to see you and Sue after so long. And you probably get sick of hearing this, but you looked so good to me, cute as ever, and with the sense of humor intact. Although your latest news was not good, I am very glad you trust and like your Dr. and that he is moving to a different treatment plan so quickly. I’m praying that this one will have much better results. Sue — you mentioned that you walk dogs as a volunteer — I have an adorable 5 month old shih-tzu that you can have. Please call to make arrangements for pick up. I hope to see you both soon. Love, Steph

  7. Bob Schultz Says:

    Skip:

    Well, you didn’t completely screw up the doctor visit but we will expect better work out of your ass next time.

    Keep the faith.

  8. Dianne Moulin Says:

    Bob, We were both glad to hear that you were feeling better and would be able to go back to work. It’s always good when people enjoy their jobs. We are hoping Plan B leaves you feeling stronger.

    We got back from Florida on Saturday; missed seeing you and Sue. We did have dinner with Chuck and Jane one evening. Sounds like they have been working hard to prepare her parents for their move back to Missouri.

    We will be thinking about you tomorrow when you have the port installed. Hope to see you both soon. Love you both

    Dianne and Mike

  9. Pat Hornburg Says:

    Bob, just a quick note before bed to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you, Sue and Kelly tomorrow. Keep your positive attitude and your fantastic sense of humor - they are as important as any medicine.

    Love to you both, Pat

  10. Greg Thomas Says:

    Skip you are now the Commisioner of the St. Louis-St. Charles Metropolitan Port Authority. Shower scene? Saran Wrap? Reminiscent of a former girlfriend ( who shall remain nameless but initials were KT–not Bob’s but mine ) and a mystery that was never solved. I’m still trying to picture the scene in my mind’s polluted eye. How kinky Kemo Sabe! Tonto

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