"Our soul must perform two duties. The one is that we must reverently wonder and be surprised. The other is that we must gently let go and let be." Julian of Norwich

...Cancer teaches both!!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Proactive Palliative Care

I have decided to name this new stage of the cancer journey as "proactive palliative care".  This is to differentiate an active approach towards healing and wellbeing from what might be understood as a more passive response to disease progression.
P r o a c t i v e   P a l l i a t i v e   C a r e
Under the rubric of "proactive palliative care" I will continue to assertively engage in treatment options which reduce pain, prolong life, and otherwise keep me in good health through this stage, however long it may last!  

Palliative care (from Latin palliare, to cloak) is an area of healthcare that focuses on relieving and preventing the suffering of patients... Palliative medicine utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, relying on input from physicians, pharmacists, nurses, chaplains, social workers, psychologists, and other allied health professionals in formulating a plan of care to relieve suffering in all areas of a patient's life. This multidisciplinary approach allows the palliative care team to address physical, emotional, spiritual, and social concerns that arise with advanced illness.  Wikipedia 2012

Sacral Cementoplasty

I continue to be awed by the incredible array of technological innovation brought to bear in contemporary cancer care.  The most recent procedure I have undergone while a patient at the BC Cancer Agency Hospital is known as "Sacral Cementoplasty".  This radiological intervention involved the insertion, and radiological guidance, of a needle through the fracture plane of my sacrum beginning at the left sacroiliac joint.  A fast-acting plastic cement was injected through the needle upon its withdrawal to stabilize the fracture and reduce the pain.  

After two weeks I am happy to report that I have been virtually pain-free since the procedure, which is truly awesome!  As a measure of my pain level I am once again able to concentrate enough to read, which I was unable to do since shortly after Christmas.

For all of this, again, I am eternally grateful! 

Peace and blessings... Rob; in Vancouver


Patty said...

Hi Rob,
So glad to read your update! yeah for pain free!! So much better way to live!!
Your journey has been a tough one at times, puncuated by life, living, love, joy, friendship, your wife, family, friends, that beautiful granddaughter....
I have, we all have, learned so much along the way and so grateful to be on the ride.
You remain in my thoughts and prayers,
love from Minnesota,

MikeytheBrat said...

So glad to hear that the cementoplasty reduced the pain as hoped! Can't help but smile at the name "cementoplasty" though. Reminds me of Jerry Seinfeld asking about rhinoplasty. He said "is that the best name they could come up with? Kind of an insult. Next they'll be calling hair transplants a cueballectomy..."

Unknown said...

So glad to hear that you are once again free of intense pain and able to do many of the things you enjoy. Your journey and the treatments you have undergone are so advanced from my nursing experience of colorectal cancer years ago. Looking forward to seeing you soon.