Becky again.... just couldn't help sharing some insights into Tara. I knew all you faithful followers would want to hear from her heart again.
Now, for the medical / other update from my perspective. Last time I wrote, we were headed to Dr. Smith & Dr. Shapiro's offices. Dr. Smith did indeed take Tara's stitches out that day; and pretty much ordered her to go swimming in December. He told her to shower, that her head is waterproof and not to be afraid of infection anymore. His nurse was so kind; she said, "the only thing we want to put in our charts or hear from you about is how great your cruise was!" Dr. Smith had to be psychologist and doctor at the same time - to try to encourage Tara to live it up and believe that she will be okay. She had a hard time that week - she was, to put it bluntly, very blue and sad. Which, doesn't happen often, despite all she's been through. She did indeed at the end of the visit open up to good Dr. Smith and he said it's okay to have a bad day, but don't let it carry on too long - his advice was similar to Uncle Mike's - don't let a bad day turn into a bad week or a bad month. He reassured Tara that she's been through ALOT the past 1 1/2 years and she's entitled to feel blue some; but don't let it drag on.
Next, we went to our absent minded scientist doctor - Dr. Shapiro. He was ready for us this time, and before I could even whine about chemo making Tara sick for the trip; he looked at Tara and said, "You have a trip coming up, and I don't want you to finish your last 4 doses of chemo until January." This came from the doctor who for 6 visits (at least) in a row couldn't remember why we went to San Francisco for the original surgery. He had to keep checking his notes - poor Dr. Shapiro sees so many brain tumor patients! Anyway, we are now to the point that he knows Tara pretty well now and she always generates a smile from his scientific face. He goes to her first now to give her a hug as she leaves the office. Tara has completely won that good doctor over. When Tara's head started leaking again in October; she took 1 of her chemo pills; then stopped so she could have surgery. So, she has 4 left - treatment is not done after all. Shapiro said it won't matter if she waits till January to have those last 4 pills; but it is wise to finish the treatment. There must be something important to that specified number of treatments.... I don't understand; but oh well.
So, after all this; Tara still did not feel well at all. She has been sore from her port removal; plus when that nurse hit a nerve while attempting an IV, her arm still has not recovered; although it is progressing. She felt like a "sick person" (according to Tara) and she felt pressure to feel better so we could go on our trip. I try to reassure Tara that if she doesn't feel good; that's why we bought trip insurance; and we can wait until summer. So, after all the clearance from doctors - it doesn't work if Tara still feels sick so much.