As those of you who read the blog regularly know, my husband last year was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 57. Once they tested everything they found that he had cancer throughout the prostate and most likely in some of the cells surrounding it. He had the prostate removed and then we had to wait until September (2015) to see if the PSA test was higher than zero, because if they got it all, it should read zero. Along comes September, he gets the PSA done and lo and behold it is at .5, the doctor said that it wasn’t too bad that it did mean they didn’t get it all but they would have to wait until the next test to see if it was growing at an aggressive pace or whether they could just monitor it slowly over the next few years.
AND SO WE WAIT
Once again we were waiting, this time until the end of November to see if the cancer was growing quickly or not. The levels at the end of November were 2.5, the doctor said that yes it was growing quite quickly, but that he would like to wait until it reached 5 before he did anything.
Again we waited, this time until the end of January this year. Hawkeye (my husband’s nickname, because he never misses anything that I do) went and got the PSA again, we get to the doctor’s office and he tells us that the level is now 4.9, the numbers had doubled in a two-month period. The doctor said that he had said 5 but we were close enough that he was going to refer my husband to the BC Cancer Agency for radiation therapy. We thought great we are finally going to get something done, we were both worried about how fast it was growing, so we were happy that we were being referred.
AND AGAIN …..
Little did we know that there would be quite a wait to see the Radiation Doctor. We saw the surgeon on Jan. 27 and did not get in to see the Radiation Doctor until mid March, at which time he told us that he wanted another CT scan and another bone scan before they proceeded with any kind of treatment, oh and one more PSA as well. As you can imagine, by this time we were getting used to the hurry up and wait, but this just about sent me off into the stratosphere. I kept my cool while in the office but as soon as we got home I went completely snaky. “Dammit, they already know what is going on so why don’t they at least start the damn treatments” I yelled. Poor Hawkeye he just stood there letting me rant, after 25 years he knows that once I get angry I have to blow-up before I can calm down, so he stood there just letting me get it all out of my system, then put his arms around me and said “Everything will be fine.” At that point I wanted to kick him too.
AND AGAIN …….
The Doctor’s office arranged the CT scan and the bone scan for within the following couple of weeks and made an appointment for us to see him again on April 8.
We returned to the Doctor’s office last Friday, only to be told he wasn’t in that office anymore but over in the hospital. We made our way over to the hospital and down to the Cancer clinic and were shown in to a room. The doctor came in a few seconds later, with a student right behind him, he explained about the student and then proceeded to tell us that the bone scan was clear, but like last year when Hawkeye had had the CT scan they found these shadows on two lymph nodes and his hip, the images were not good enough to let them know whether that was something they should be concerned with also, so, they were going to start him on hormone therapy and in two months Hawkeye was to go and have another CT scan and if it showed that the shadows on the lymph nodes and hip had shrunk, then they would know that it was cancer there too, as the hormone therapy was affecting them, which would mean that they would start radiation treatment right away and it would cover his entire pelvic area. Or, as the doctor hoped, there would be no change in the shadows so everything would proceed as normal, the 33-day radiation treatment would begin in the middle of the six-month hormone treatment.
AND AGAIN ………….
We were overjoyed that there did not appear to be any cancer in the bones, but just a little disappointed that we would have to wait for more information once again.
I do not know if you know anyone going through cancer right now, but both my husband and our next door neighbour are dealing with it at this time (his is quite a bit more serious than my husband’s), and what we find is that it is a great big waiting game, you just don’t know whether to laugh, cry, scream, shout, or just whimper quietly as the game plays with your life. Every time you make a move the game throws something new at you and you just don’t seem able to get ahead. It feels like you are on some gigantic ride that has all these twists and turns and seems to be never ending, you keep hoping that the final result will turn in your favour, but you just never get to the final result. Will this work, or won’t it, will this test show you the definitive definition that you have been waiting for or will you have to take another spin on the game. It just seems to go on and on. Hawkeye and I have stayed positive through this whole thing, believing absolutely that we are coming out the other end cancer free, the same can not be said for my neighbour. If he has the kind of cancer that they think he has, then his is a terminal verdict. Even with all the breakthroughs that have been made, there are just some kinds of cancer that are too damaging for the recipient to be able to win the battle.
We will leave this here for now I guess, I will keep you informed of how the game is going and who seems to be in the lead.
Now for today’s recipe:
ROAST CHICKEN DINNER
- 2 frying chickens (if you can afford a roasting chicken by all means use it, you will probably only need one)
- 1 large lemon
- 6 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp Poultry Seasoning
- 1 Tbsp butter
- Salt and Pepper
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1 ½ Cups Rice
- 1 Cup Broken Spaghetti
- ½ tsp ea. Dried thyme, dried rosemary, and dried basil
- 3 Cups Chicken Stock
- 1 can Whole Baby Beets
- Turn the oven on to 350 degrees
- Pat both chickens dry and put them in a roasting pan sprayed with cooking spray
- Roll the lemon on a cutting board until you loosen up the juice
- Cut the lemon into eighths
- Peel and crunch the garlic cloves
- Sprinkle the cavity with salt and pepper and then shove the lemon pieces and garlic equally into both
- Then take the butter in your hands and rub it all over the outside of the chickens
- Sprinkle the outside of the birds with salt and pepper and the poultry seasoning.
- Put the chickens in the oven and leave them for 1 ½ hours
- After 1 ½ hours, baste with the juices in the bottom of the pan and let roast for another 30mins.
- Pull the chickens from the oven and cover with tin foil
- Open the can of beets and put them into a small pot, put the pot on the stove and turn the heat to medium low
- Then pull out a medium frying pan and put 1 Tbsp butter and a squirt of oil in the pan and let melt
- Throw the rice and broken spaghetti into the pan along with the herbs and fry it until the spaghetti starts to get some colour on it
- Add the Chicken stock to the pan and bring it to a boil
- Put a lid on it and turn down the heat to low (not too low, it still has to simmer)
- Stir every 5 – 10 minutes for about 20 mins or until all the stock has been absorbed
- Put one of the Chickens on the cutting board and start to break it down, remove the legs and wings, then carve the thighs and the breasts
- Don’t worry if you don’t get all the meat off the birds, you are going to hold on to the carcasses for making chicken stock.
- Once they have cooled off, throw them in a freezer bag and into the freezer until you will have the time to make the stock.
- Serve the meal.
Well that’s it for today everyone. Give this one a try, its really easy and boy is it good.
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