Tuesday saw us (Tommy, Irina and yours truly) spend more than an hour trying to pay for my oncology consultation at Karlák. I finally got in to see her at about 10:20 for a 9AM appointment - not bad, actually, for here. She checked my lymph glands and was surprised that the tumors had not grown at all in the three weeks since I’d seen her last. I was surprised at her surprise, but I guess that’s good news no matter how it’s delivered.
She suggested a monotherapy of DTIC (Dacarbazine) infusions (IV) every month. Unfortunately, I had a very important meeting on the other side of town with my tax advisor / accountant, agency helping me with my visa and other interested parties (Greg and Tommy) at 11 to go over all my documents for my trip to the consulate on Thursday, so we had to run.
After the hour-long meeting organizing my red tape, we went to the notary in my building for the rest of my documents and had lunch downstairs wid da krew at the Afghani. Then it was off to another insurance company to discuss my lack of options.
On Wednesday morning we went out to Motol (with Tommy and Irina) for my second opinion. Met the oncologist almost immediately and gave her copies of all my documents and a CD with the various tests – MRIs, CTs and the like. When asked if she wanted to speak Czech or English, she said she needed the practice, which she doesn’t, so English it was!
She gave me a full oncological exam – my first, and rather different from the neurological equivalent. I was with her for almost an hour and she gave me her mobile phone number without me asking. These are plusses in my book. She suggested a combination therapy of three cytotoxic chemotherapy drugs:
Dacarbazine (DTIC) and
I just took a break to check the spelling of the above and inadvertently read the long lists of potential side effects. I’m a little depressed at the moment and am going to wrap this up and do my Vodafone translation that's due tomorrow. That’s right, I’m working again!
But it looks like I’m going back to Motol – tomorrow, bright and early, as a matter of fact, for another consultation, blood and piss tests, and to go over my treatment schedule: three days (one for each drug) every three weeks for three to four cycles.
I’ll have to cover our wacky misadventures in Munich in my next post, but I quit smoking last Thursday around midnight, am still enjoying the nealko, and have developed a genuine taste for juices in all possible combinations. I’m walking more and sleeping like a champ – just hope it lasts. There’s been some demand for my contact details, so here they are:
Karolíny Světlé 12
110 00 Prague (Praha) 1
mobile: (+420) 777 352 024
And, I’ll leave you with this (CT from the 21st of February):
Healing nicely - and that was almost a month ago!