On July 9, Garrett completed his two-12 months venture for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jennifer and I met him at the venture domestic in Salt Lake City, and had been organized to wait the departing missionary fireside. Garrett sang "Be Still My Soul" acapella, then bore his testimony. It changed into a shifting day out. When he completed, I moved and allow Garrett take my seat next to his mother. Jennifer laid her head on his shoulder and wept tears of joy.
The next day, Spencer and Kirsten joined us in Utah. It changed into the 1st time our completed very own family had been collectively taking lower than consideration that March 2016. I had questioned regardless of whether I might maybe keep to go looking out out that day. We went boating, played video games, and ate collectively, absorbing each and every single other's presence. We met with a social employee who guided the children by way of a discussion just about their mother's cognitive decline, and mind on sorting by way of their feelings. We furthermore had a very own family council the place we discussed the estate planning steps that Jennifer and I had taken, and made some judgements just about very own family dollars.
After with regards to in retaining with week of very own family time, Kirsten and Spencer drove to Denver, the place Spencer embarked on mountaineering the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango (weblog hyperlink proper sort here). It's "solely" 487 miles, so in contrast to his through-mountaineering the Appalachian Trail last 12 months, he'll knock this out in a month or so. I deal with telling him there's remedy which might assistance remedy his mountaineering disorder, having noted that he declines my sage counsel. The optimal advantageous pills, I've came across, is offered at Krispy Kreme.
On July 20, Garrett and I flew cut down back to DC. On Sunday, July 22, Garrett gave his missionary homecoming rfile to his domestic congregation in Great Falls. He left a boy and came domestic a guy. I furthermore spoke.
Yesterday, I went to Kaiser and had infusion #50. The solely element resultseasily I've noticed so received rid of from my greater dosage of nivolumab is a few scalp itching and maybe an inclination for my gums to bleed practically a little after brushing my tooth. No huge deal. I'll proceed to pocket book personal computer exhibit any element resultseasily.
Last evening I battled traffic for with regards to two hours to get to Kaiser's Capitol Hill serve as for a PET scan. That's a pressure that takes maybe 30 mins while it be miles not likely rush hour. I am not going to forget DC traffic. My Kaiser oncologist agreed to my request for the take a look at a bunch of days in the beyond, so I changed into added to the finish of the day for the finish of the day. The nurse practically called and noted the scan confirmed no evidence of metastatic infirmity — an whole response! Woo hoo! Dr. Ferrera recommends deal with going with Opdivo for now. Based upon this news, I'm extra extra without doubt to in the stop shift my ongoing care to the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake.
Southwest cancelled our flight to SLC this afternoon, because of the heavy weather that will be forecast to hit the theme later at the present time. So we're no scheduled to come back to Utah on Saturday. We'll keep for a bunch of weeks, then return to DC on August 14. I'll present Garrett to institution on August 18, then have an additional infusion at Kaiser the ensuing week. I'll furthermore be meeting with similarly Dr. Hahn at Hopkins and Dr. Ferrera at Kaiser, and without doubt will worth my determination to switch my care to Utah. For now, no subject the indisputable truth that, I'm practically relieved to be cut down back in remission.