January 09, 2007

Something more important than the Hall of Fame

Every month we go through the same thing, blood tests, meet with doctors, infusions, etc. What I haven't been sharing a lot of is the anticipation, worry, etc. Between the time the lab sticks my arm and draws a sample of blood to the moment the words that contain the PSA number actually cross the nurses lips, can be an eternity of worry, doubts and prayers. This can range from twenty four to forty eight hours. One to two days of hell!

I would bet I said one hundred "Hail Mary's" since the weekend. If you don't believe in the power of prayer, I can't explain it to you. I sometimes (but rarely) ask for a cure. Mostly, I ask for good test results, and time, more precious time. We know that chemo will come, but I pray each month that it's time has not yet come. Not to be repetitive, but I'm not scared of the process or procedure, BRING IT ON! What scares me is that starting chemo takes me one step closer to ___?

Now that I've drawn you in, here are the results from yesterday [drum roll.....]: 18.90 !!!!
Here is a re-cap of the last twelve months:

Date PSA
1/8/07 18.90
12/11/06 24.86
11/13/06 43.61
10/16/06 51.48 (Started Ketoconazole and Hydrocortisone, 10/01)
9/11/06 83.97 (started Zometa)
8/23/06 41.77
8/18/06 54.66
5/19/06 11.37 (stopped Casodex)
4/3/06 4.25
3/5/06 1.45
1/27/06 0.44
12/28/05 1.85


Anonymous said...

you gotta like thr direction these numbers are headed!

Anonymous said...

Congrats David! I pray the trend continues.

Anonymous said...

Keep fighting the fight! Oh and Yes, prayers work wonders and dont be afraid to ask Jesus to heal you...I have seen other miricales in my life and I will pray for one in yours! Congrats!

Anonymous said...


I'm with you - can't really explain the power of prayer, but am damn sure of its effectiveness and force.

great news on the test results. keep up the good fight.

Mario said...

I have an uncle that has been diagnosed with what you have, he is undergoing treatment along with the flaxseed diet. Prayer is also being used, and with all this I am sure we will be able to overcome the problem.Prayer is a healer, and Christ will HEAL. I will keep you in my prayers. Be strong, determined and faithful to our Lord. You will do it!