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.