for Pat Adair, and the people who love her...

Our beloved Pat got some shocking news recently, and we're off and running on a mysterious medical adventure. Not an adventure we would have picked, but we're off just the same... (If you're new to the blog, start here.)

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

One foot in front of the other

All is well, more or less. Mom is still in pretty good spirits, and she's not dancing or playing the piano any less than she was before the diagnosis. She hasn't danced in years and doesn't know how to play the piano, so I guess that's not so surprising. She's going in for her first chemo treatment this Thursday morning, and both Mike and I are going to accompany her.

The main drug she'll be taking is called Gemzar, and it doesn't have many side effects for most people. She's also signed up for a clinical trial of a new unproven drug, taken as a pill, that seems promising. Today, though, they said her bilirubin count was too high for the trial. She had a new blood test, and we'll find out Thursday whether she still qualifies for the trial. It's a blind trial, with only 50% of the patients getting the actual drug, and the rest getting a placebo. Yeah, I know - that's too much information. Mom doesn't have much energy or appetite, and her hip is still quite painful. Her doctor is going to contact her for the shot into her hip joint that should help.

We had a nice 3-day weekend just passed. Mike and Mary came down with their youngest daughter Brooke, and we hung out at the house before having a good Italian dinner that night. And Mom and I went to see "Atonement." It wasn't quite the traditional love story that Patio had in mind, but we liked it.

I'll write again a few days after the chemo and let you know how it's going. Write a comment on the blog, gol durn it, and I'll see that Mom sees it. If you want to be notified when new postings are on the blog, you can sign up with your e-mail address on the Google Groups box on the right side of the page, and you'll be notified. (You'll only get messages about the blog - nothing else.)

Lastly, here's a great photo of Mom when she was about 14, with a neighbor of hers:

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At January 23, 2008 6:29 AM , Blogger MJ said...

Hi Pat,
I will be thinking of you on Thursday and praying that your first chemo goes well. It is snowing here in Reno and my new puppy loves it. I have to send you a picture. Maybe Dave could post your e-mail for us. Stay strong and know that I love you,
Mari Jo
P.S. You have a wonderful and awesome family but I am sure you know that.

At January 23, 2008 6:32 AM , Blogger MJ said...

Oh yeah, almost forgot to comment on the picture. You were quite the hottie at 14! :O)
Love the picture. ~Mari Jo

At January 26, 2008 4:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Pat, I loved the picture that David posted. At first glance it looked like Geri. The resemblance was amazing. When we were growing up I never noticed it.
I'm glad you and David saw Atonement. Karri tells me that it was sad. I am glad we are going to see Juno. It sounds a bit more cheerful. Will you be joining us for the Academy Awards again this year? I have only seen Michael Clayton, and that with you.I can't bring myself to see No Country for Old Men or There Will be Blood. They look too violent.
How nice to have your boys around you. Sounds like a little bit of heaven.
Yosemite was gorgeous. I am going to have Claude send you the pictures. The snow was beautiful, however we got out just in time.
We enjoyed the snow for a few minutes, long enough to take pictures, then we were out of there.
See you soon. Love, Myrth

At January 28, 2008 9:40 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hoping chemo went better than expected last week and that you are feeling as close to par as can be expected, Pat! We're certainly keeping you in our prayers and thoughts. Remember that we've got your back and hang tough -- you're famous for doing so!
Love Kim

At January 31, 2008 6:57 PM , Anonymous whitney said...

Pat, I would know your smile anywhere, even from a 40 year old black and white photo...

Along with your many friends and beautiful family, I am sending you healing vibes and much love. Are they coming through?

Giant hug,



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