Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Greetings from 4202!

Wow, what a day. We got to the hospital at 9:00am and finally got to our room at 3:00pm. This is all because of his hearing test.

One of the side effects of Cisplatin is hearing loss. As such, they need to monitor his hearing from time to time. He has mild hearing loss in the 4kHz range (they were unable to test 8kHz). What does this mean? At that high of a pitch, it doesn't mean much. It maybe means he can't hear a dog whistle. (Shaddup Greg, I can already hear you making jokes about dogs whistling.)

It boils down to this: His hearing is probably about the same as a 40-year-old. In fact, it's better than mine. He was hearing stuff that I couldn't hear. Yeah I know, that's not saying very much given my hearing loss, but still, it's not too bad. Does this mean that when he's 40 he'll be hearing about the same as an 80-year-old? No. I'm not going to go into detail, but think back to jr. high science class. The hair follicles die with age, but Cisplatin kills the nerves. If you paid attention in jr. high science class, that should tell you why this won't affect his hearing when he's older.

So back to what I was saying. The delay was so that they could decide whether or not to lower his Cisplatin dose. The doctor said this amount of hearing loss is normal given he is on Cisplatin, so we are proceeding as normal.

Andy's white blood cells and platelets are still normal. Yay!

Chemo hasn't started yet. Still waiting for it. *sigh*

CT tomorrow! We'll find out what this thing looks like.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Praying that the news is even better than we think it will be if that makes any sense.