Jello: A small & jiggly victory

It’s Tuesday and I’m still in the hospital but I’ve certainly turned a corner. Last night I graduated from IV fluids to clear liquid diet. For dinner and breakfast this morning I was able to have chicken broth, juice, jello and herbal tea. During morning rounds, an examination of my belly showed some positive bowel sounds and a softer abdomen. I then graduated to solid food for lunch. What’s that?! You heard right. SOLID food.

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I had a little turkey and tomato rice soup; so far it’s sitting pretty well. No nausea, no vomiting, no feeling like a monster has punched a hole in my gut and grabbed onto my intestines for dear life. One meal down. Let’s hope dinner stays on course.

There is no official word but I think that I could get discharged tomorrow if all goes well tonight. As much as I do secretly enjoy the adjustable hospital bed, I’ll be happy to return home to my own surroundings. I also adore my nurses and CNA’s but I definitely won’t miss 3am wake ups for vital signs and 5am blood draws.

I still do need to have chemo on Friday so as far as I have been told. The infusion schedule hasn’t changed so things will be business as usual soon enough.

One more tid-bit of positive news that I wasn’t expecting. In the midst of all of this mayhem, the CA-125 results came back from last week’s blood draw and it was 479!

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It dropped like 400 points(?)* since a month ago when it was still hanging out in the 800’s! Perhaps that steroid really did help to fight the inflammation in my body last week. I could use a small victory so I’ll surely take it.

*Hey medical professionals- riddle me this: in what unit is the CA-125 measured? “Points” doesn’t sound very official. Help. Love always, some one that should know the answer to this.

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7 thoughts on “Jello: A small & jiggly victory

  1. I’m not a medical professional, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. CA-125 test results are given in units per milliliter. Unfortunately the definition of a “unit” is “an arbitrary amount agreed upon by scientists and doctors. So, not “points”, but “units/ml”….

  2. This is a most uplifting message… how great for you ~ you do the roller coaster better tan most mortal humans .. Happy days are here again. I hope you do get busted out ~ home is a great place for you. 🙂

  3. The reason it’s measured in units is because the test is an ELISA – an enzyme linked immunosorbent assay – which basically uses a few antibodies and a color changing enzyme to detect the concentration of Ca-125. The measurement is by light transmittance; the “units” are a derivation working backwards from the standardized absorbance curves for the test. Hope that helps!

  4. I hope your belly is back to jiggling like that jello in no time! (OH YEAH!) Now I know that’s the Kookaid man’s saying but I figure Kookaid trumps Bill Cosby references. Lots of love to you!!

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