A Two Spotted August

16 Aug

We are now at the middle of August and Susie has just returned from her two month neuro-oncologist appointment.  With the reduction of her anti-seizure medicine and getting a tube put in her left ear, she has been feeling better in the last couple of weeks.  She also made two dinners.  Susie’s skin color also seems to be returning to normal and she just seems brighter.  She was feeling so good that she joined me for a visit to Shoal Creek Saloon with my cousin Jared.  Jared was in town at the beginning of the week, as he was part of a crew shooting a TV Show journey from Nashville to Austin.  The outdoor fans at the restaurant were a bit too loud, but Susie enjoyed her iced tea and smiled a lot.

This brings me to her neuro-oncologist appointment.  It did not go as well as we hoped.  The radiologist found two new spots in Susie’s brain.  I’ve been looking at the scans everyday and still can’t really tell where the spots are.  They are non-enhancing, which means that they are not tumors (or not yet).  Both are located a bit of a distance but still in the same hemisphere from the cavity where her two tumors (1999 & 2013) were located.  Her neuro-oncologist thinks they could be related to radiation treatment, where blood flow is not getting through capillaries.  So, he recommended Susie add a daily low dose of aspirin to her regiment.  Aspirin should thin the blood a bit.  With her platelets finally in the normal range (150k), such an addition is okay.  He will follow-up with MD Anderson, but for now we are in a wait and see mode.  Susie’s next appointment is in Houston at the middle of October.

Susie’s brother Charley and his family will be in town this weekend.  We will be joining them for a Steak Dinner out an Onion Creek.  It will be nice to see their smiling faces.  For now, Susie and the kids are sleeping in.  I’ve picked up some supplies to go with a shipment of basil that we received from Nancy Jo, a friend of ours from Susie’s UMA group.  Hopefully, Susie and the kids will mix up a magical batch of pesto this afternoon.  If not, I have some Challah and will be happy to make French Toast for dinner.

So, I leave you with three tasty food images for your weekend, pick your favorite and enjoy.

Guy Lipof

Accomplished Engineering Executive with deep consulting and sales expertise in healthcare and life sciences, particularly in oncology, driving business strategy, delivering innovative solutions, and improving patient outcomes. Care partner and advocate for raising awareness about and investment towards Brain Cancer Research, such as Glioblastoma Multiforme and IDH mutant gliomas.