Jan 19, 2020 Update

As Jodell, myself, and a number of doctors were discussing the pros and cons of going through a heart surgery procedure to remove the thrombus in my inferior vena cava, I had another situation pop up.  Early last week my mouth was extremely dry, I had lost 11 pounds over a one-week period, my eyes were dry and I became lethargic.  I called Jodell to explain, she called the doctors soon thereafter I was in the emergency room. My blood sugar level was 635. Normal range is between 70 and 140. All the medical care professionals immediately went into action and infused me with insulin and kept me in the hospital for 3 days to get the dosage dialed in. Turns out the Opdivo drug that I have been receiving bi-weekly for my immunotherapy has attacked my pancreas and left it with no ability to produce the required insulin. In the past, the cancer drug has attacked my kidneys, liver, and adrenal glands. All of those conditions were treated and everything returned to normal and I was put back on my normal treatment plan. Unfortunately, in this case, the doctors don’t believe that my body will be able to produce insulin forevermore. The oncologist says no more Opdivo for me which makes me wonder what the new plan will be (TBD).  So from now on, I am officially a type 1 diabetic.  As a result, it looks like I will be eliminating major food group from my diet as shown in the above picture.  What’s a little diabetes compared to stage 4 liver cancer??? Ain’t nuttin’ but a thang!  I say bring on the next challenge (or not)! Isaiah 38:16 (NLT) Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health.  You restore my health and allow me to live!

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