The lab experiment

From my post ‘Stage 4‘, I wrote the following –

I currently am seeing Dr. P. at the Naval Air Station Pensacola hospital.  The PET Scan and the Oncologist I will see will be located at a hospital outside the naval base.  The PET Scan is not performed at the naval base hospital as well as oncology services.  Dr. P. is associated with this outside hospital as well and this will be where my future surgery will take place.

Yesterday, I met with my new oncologist Dr. D. and we discussed my health history and the current condition regarding my cancer.  Upon reviewing my recent CT scan and the related information from Dr. P., she indicated to me my cancer is stage 4.

From my post ‘The number 12‘, I wrote the following –

I will have 4 cycles of chemotherapy; meaning each Thursday for 2 weeks I will receive the chemotherapy and then have 1 week off – 4 cycles equal 12 weeks.

Today’s post, I write the following –

My oncologist Dr. D. ordered the PET Scan that my urologist Dr. P. had requested.  The PET scan took place this past Monday and will serve as a ‘starting point’ and at the end of my chemotherapy another will take place to see any differences.  These scans should help to determine if the nodules on my lungs are cancer or not.  The nodules are small, therefore cannot be biopsied and these scans should help with this determination.

As indicated in my post ‘Drain‘, I have a tube inserted in my back directly into my right kidney to help relieve the pain I have experience for quite some time now.  Originally it was thought this tube would be inserted for the full 12 weeks of chemotherapy, but because there was also a stent placed in my ureter, the tube may be removed in a couple of weeks.  The stent would remain in place until after chemotherapy is completed.

My oncologist Dr. D. is out of the country and I was seen this week by another oncologist in the same office.  The appointment was then proceeded by my 2nd week of chemo yesterday.  Next week will be my 3rd week of the cycle and therefore I will take a week off before starting the next cycle.  My oncologist Dr. D. will be back starting my 2nd cycle of chemotherapy.

These past few weeks have been a whirlwind of doctor appointments, procedures and hospital stays.  I feel like a lab experiment with the medical port inserted into my chest and a tube protruding from my back.  And now my medicine cabinet overflows with medications of drugs I am unable to pronounce the name to.

I know this whirlwind soon will be a memory and life again will calm down from the hectic medical situation that it is today.  I know this to be true.

There will be additional doctor appointments, procedures and hospitals in the near future.  The lab experiment that is me today will again someday soon be a healthier person.

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71 thoughts on “The lab experiment

  1. And still that beautiful smile. I didn’t know about the lung nodules…uh here’s to imagining the best possible outcome about that. I’m glad you’re in less pain because of the drain. I’m praying for you. Take care Terry. We need light souls in our world !

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    • Thank you dear, I am a fortunate person to have wonderful people such as yourself in my life, you truly bring comfort to me. I hope you are having good days and getting out a little more – don’t forget about church! Happy Friday! 🙂

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  2. Ride the whirlwind to the vision you have for your future. I lived with a tube protruding of about 10 inches for 18 months from my abdomen and while it affected me I saw mostly looking back how my wife saw the real me, and not the stuff that I was going through. You have a great husband and many people are pulling for you. Hugs

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    • Thank you David, for your inspirational words. I know others have experienced similar things in their lives and I appreciate knowing of their experiences. I am glad it all worked out for you and you are here to support me. Happy day my friend. 🙂

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  3. Keep smiling when you can sweet Terry! And when you can’t – that’s okay – I’ll be here to smile for you or cry with you – as will so many others. You will get through this. You have lots of traveling to get to – and most especially a visit to Mars! xoxo

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  4. I was thinking about you yesterday and whether you were impacted by the hurricane. Your life right now must feel like Hurricane Hermine. Glad to hear that the drain is helping with the pain. I can’t pronounce half the drugs I take either… 💋

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  5. Keep up your good spirits Terry. Life does shrink into doctors visits, procedures, symptoms and ability to do the smallest every day things. This will pass and the world will open up again. One breath at a time my friend 💛

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    • Thanks Su, I never refuse extra good wishes and hugs! We were not affected by the storms, they were east of us – this is good. Otherwise we would of had to move the RV to higher ground. Thanks for reading and commenting, I appreciate you very much. 🙂

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  6. This is definitely the best way to look at this whole lab experience. I can only imagine how terrible it must feel to be stuffed with all those different things and drugs, but in the end this will all help to make you feel better and get healthy again. I´m sending you as always strength and good wishes, Terry – you´re so incredibly strong, both mentally and physically although right now you might not feel that way. I very much hope that the side effects of the chemo are not too bad! Please, rest as much as you can, even with all those appointments! xxx

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  7. Had my dance with cancer – most of us do get through but the whole carry on is just so draining. I chose to skip chemo, good luck with those side effects. Medicos tend to dynamite us just to be sure, you will recover but be very kind to yourself and surround yourself only with those who love and support you. You are in my prayers lovely man.

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