4-22-2017: Updates

I know it has been awhile since my last update.  Lot going on and I just forget to do it timely.  But here is the latest…

Shoulder Update

I have been in physical therapy now for five weeks. It has been a grind.  The therapist really cranks my arm to get my shoulder in a fuller range of motion, which I am not near yet.  I have to ice for two to three hours after each session just to get the pain to calm down. The good news is that my elbow seems to be at the full range.  The bad new is my hand has a lot of nerve damage.  I have constant swelling and pain in my hand.  My pinky and ring finger hurt all the time which would be a pinch of the ulnar nerve. And then my thumb, index and middle finger are numb and tingling which would be my radial nerve.  To top that off, my hand has a dark red tint that sometimes has a bluish hue. My physical therapist is concerned that there is a vascular pinch also.  I have an appointment with my orthopedic surgeon on Monday and another appointment with a neurologist at UCLA the following Monday just to be safe.  All of this is a drag.  I was expecting a long shoulder recovery but not hand trouble and pain.

Cancer Treatment Update

The end is near my friends.  I only have two more Lupron shots and tow more months on Casodex.  Then my primary treatments are over!  Then I get to see if all of this worked.  I then get PSA blood test every three months just to make sure the cancer doesn’t come back. At the same time, my testosterone gets a chance to come back.  They say that is a 6 to 9 month process but I look forward to it.

That is it for now my friends.  Onward…