This a personal experience that I thought I could share with my Readers as there just may be parts of my story that may benefit some of you.
It all started with a discovery of blood in my urine. Should that happen to you, do not ignore that and pass it off as coincidental. Your body is providing you with a warning that something may be amiss.
I made an appointment with my family doctor and he took this very seriously as this may be an indication of Cancer somewhere in the urinary tract.
So he prescribed the following tests with results noted:
- Blood work (no indication that I am aware)
- Ultra Sound (something “inordinary” within the bladder)
- Visual inspection within the urinary tract (a tumour was discovered that appeared cancerous) on July 24, 2017.
Dr Livingstone immediately expedited the following:
- Extensive and directed blood work August 14, 2017.
- CT Scan August 16, 2017.
- Operating Room reservation at the Trail Hospital August 21, 2017.
That was a professional achievement to provide that scheduling in our health system as we experience it.
As it all unfolded, somehow my granddaughter’s wedding on August 19, 2017 at Whatshan was spared enjoyed by Marilyn and I and fitted well into the above schedule.
A “small” tumour was surgically removed in five (5) minutes. The tumor was confirmed cancerous and a biopsy is taking place to determine the type of cancer and what may be require further treatment. I will know better on September 12, 2017, when I meet with Dr. Livingstone.
It was discovered that I have two (2) “tiny” stones developing in one of my kidneys. Dr Livingstone prescribed two (2) litres of water intake a day and they will pass the stones through the urinary tract on their own. The alternative is to wait until they develop and they could block the urinary tract causing excruciating pain on their way through.
I guess I will drink the water!
It seems I heard about water intake before:
- In grade four Health classes, it was recommended that everyone drink 8 glasses of water a day which I rejected
- My doctor recommended that I drink 8 glasses of water to control gout. He suggested that my Chemical Engineering training would confirm that the crystals in Uric Acid can be easily dissolved by water and that medications would not be necessary. Well I was not drinking water and so prescribed medication was the result. What did he know about Chemistry?
- My son graduated from Human Kinetics and suggested that if my urine showed color that I was not drinking enough water. I guess I liked color and continued my aversion to water.
- I was having constipation and again my son suggested drinking more water. Stool softening enhancements were easier to take than water.
- Now Dr Livingstone is suggesting this remedy…………………
- What next?
Guess what, I am finally drinking water and my gout and constipation is gone and perhaps my stones will disappear.
My Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist suggested that the nagging pain in my calves and thighs would go away after removal of my bladder tumour. He was absolutely correct! Where do all these people obtain this knowledge?
Wow, what a fringe benefit!
No one ever tells Elmer what to do and they just did!
I am listening………
Posted August 24, 2017 at 0930 hours
Notations September 11, 2017 at 1315 hours. I will use this post as my blog to note my treatment progress. If this helps someone who has yet to be diagnosed or may have people close to them who may be suffering, that is my intent with these notes.
So my visit with Dr. Livingstone on September 05, 2017 went like this:
- The sample is positive with cancer
- The removed tumour was in the early stages of cancer
- The location was on the inside of the bladder lining and was successfully removed
- The treatment now is to ensure that no cancer cells are allowed to penetrate that inner lining and enter the muscle area beyond
- Such a penetration would allow the cancer cells to readily attack that layer and quickly make the bladder a victim of cancer
- With that taking place the only solution is remove the bladder and utilize an outer “bag”
So the treatment is like this:
- Every Monday, which started today, go to the Oncology Department at the Trail Hospital and take a treatment:
- Insert a catheter
- Drain the urine
- Insert BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin) OncoTICE(R), IMMUCYST(R). It is essentially a virus that feeds on cancer cells
- Catheter is removed
- I lie on my stomach for 15 minutes
- I roll over to my right side for 15 minutes
- Then my left side for 15 minutes
- I finally lie on my back for 15 minutes
- This is to ensure that the chemical thoroughly is distributed about my bladder
- I go home
- I urinate at 2 hours after the chemical has been inserted
- It is a dangerous chemical and I need to ensure that I flush 2 times
- I need to wash my hands and private parts for 6 hours after I get home
- Drink 2 litres of water every day to flush the stuff through
- Sounds simple, right?
- Well I need to repeat this for 6 times after which Dr Livingstone has a look
- There may be changes after that
- If all stays on course then this process continues for a total of 27 times
- The prognosis is that 85% of those treated are able to become Survivors
So that is where I am today. I can eat whatever I want and at this time I feel good and my intention is to cooperate and beat this thing
Posted at 1335 hours by Elmer
Chemo Treatment #2 this morning and I find out more facts about my treatment:
- The Chemo mixture is prepared in the Hospital Lab about 15 minutes after I arrive at 0800 hours
- It is a very potent mixture of viruses that have an appetite for cancer cells and must be activated just before insertion into my bladder
- The nurse ears protective clothing and a mask
- Insertion is via a catheter which firstly empties my bladder and then inserts the mixture
- The process is absolutely painless and relatively no discomfort
- My joke to the nurse was “there is nothing romantic about this is there?”
- Their response “strictly professional”
- Although, I drank no coffee this morning and cut back on liquids, the most difficult part of the process is holding back for the hour that I arrive home. The bladder wants to release and again I was unable to “hold” for the recommended total of 2 hours
So I need another four treatments before Dr Livingstone makes his inspection and will report signs of any new tumour forming which may require removal.
Posted 1200 noon, Monday, September 18, 2017 by Elmer
Treatment #3 September 25, 2017
All as before except that I prepared myself better:
- No coffee the night before or breakfast in the morning
- No water drinking the night before nor morning
I was able to keep th medication in me for 2 hours. Success!
I also took a brochure on Cancer and from I have read I have the initial type for which my treatment is correct. I will stay with the program and see what Dr. Livingstone finds after Treatment #6 and we can go from there.
I am not surprised that the Doctor has not commented on the Nathurepatic recommendations, so I will wait until I see him
Reported 1350 hours September 25, 2017 by EWV
I completed Treatment #6 on October 16, 2017. The Nurse tells me that all my reports will now go to Dr Livingstone. He will contact me when an follow up inspection may be required. Otherwise the Hospital will contact me when I start my next sequence of treatments in three (3) months.
So I wait…………
Posted October 18, 2017.
I completed my Inspection Procedure on January 10, 2018 at the Trail Hospital by Dr. Livingstone.
- No evidence of any new cancer growth!
- He took a biopsy sample
- He spoke with me after that:
- I will take another 3 Chemo Treatments ASA the Hospital can schedule same
- He will get results on the biopsy which should be good in his opinion
- His office will call for a follow up appointment
- After the 3 treatments, I will need another inspection
- Should the results be the same as this last one, I will need to comeback every 6 months for 5 years
- With no evidence of Cancer at that time, I will be “Cancer-Free”
There are reasons to be excited and full of hope.
Thank you medical science and all the staff at the Trail Hospital.
Thank you for such a supportive family and their direction to have a positive attitude.
Posted by Elmer Verigin January 11, 2018 0930 hours
January 16, 2018
Treatment #7 was essentially routine.
I stopped all liquids at 9:00 the night before and did not have breakfast. This provides the ability to retain the Tubercolosis ‘cocktail’ that they inject to into the bladder to counteract any Cancer cells. The objective is to retain for a total of two hours from the time of entry. I did it!
After it is a lot of water and yes, a bunch of peeing!
Okay for now!
Posted 1520 hours, January 16, 2018