the next 9 days

It is Saturday and this coming Monday will be 1 week before I will undergo a major surgery.

When I began this blog back in 2015, the purpose was to write about me, my life, my experiences and those events that have shaped me into who I am today.

I have OCD and therefore need spreadsheets, outlines and formats.  I am not a spontaneous person; quite the opposite – I need a plan.

So, my plan involved an outline of topics and subjects I would post on a particular day.  This changes some due to holidays, birthdays, blog anniversaries, etc.: I have done well at keeping this format.

This plan is changing some for the next couple of weeks because a week from Monday I will undergo a major surgery.

These past several weeks were tough and this week will be tough and the weeks to follow will be tough.

Most of my posts for the next 9 days are about events of the past several weeks, about my current feelings and about my future after surgery.  I write ‘Most’ because next Friday is my monthly anniversary post, and those posts are as you know ‘different from the usual posts I write.’

Let’s start with the past several weeks –

In my post ‘a walnut-sized gland’, I wrote that I started feeling pain and discomfort in my abdominal and pelvic region.  My Urologist Dr. P. thought it may be Prostatitis, because blood work and a CT Scan resulted in nothing out of the ordinary.  I was put on antibiotics and pain medication.

In my post ‘to whine some today‘, I wrote that Dr. P. removed my ureteral stent and found a new small tumor in my bladder.  My pain and discomfort had increased and strong pain medications were helping me get through each day.

This is what occurred last week –

Because Dr. P. specialty does not include pain management and he was unsure what is causing my pain, he suggested I see my Oncologist Dr. D.  This appointment was Wednesday of last week which resulted in a MRI on Thursday and a follow-up appointment on Friday.

Why have the MRI?

The first appointment with my Oncologist Dr. D. was to discuss my recent visits with my Urologist Dr. P. and the pain I was experiencing.  Her first impression is that my cancer may have spread to my nerves.  She indicated the symptoms I am experiencing she has seen before.  My follow-up visit with Dr. D. this past Friday was to discuss the results of the MRI which resulted in displaying nothing out of the ordinary.  Do the results indicate I do not have nerve cancer?  No, cancer can be in the nerves, just not large enough to detect; not yet anyway.

So, what is next?

A PET Scan is requested and hopefully will occur this next week to see if anything out of the ordinary can be found; then a follow-up visit with Dr. D. on Friday.

Thursday I have my pre-surgical appointment at the hospital where my surgery will take place.

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60 thoughts on “the next 9 days

  1. My whole heart goes into hoping for the best from the PET scan and all my good energy is behind you as you go into this terribly tough week before the next huge hurdle of dreadfully major surgery. I am sending you every ounce of strength, every gram of warmth I can muster and you know I mean it when I send you love, my dear friend. And of course hugs. Always hugs 🤗

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      • Thank you for the hug – I really appreciate it but I want you to take before you give just now …. deal? Good! Because I’m awful intractable when I want something and I want you to be as strong as you can be and to take all the support you can without expending energy on anything superfluous 😊

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  2. I hope your surgery goes well and I look forward to talking to you after the surgery though we do that digitally. I could sure use some of your OCD if you want to give some to me. Have the best of intentions but I can lack in the planning and organization part. Hang in there

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  3. Hope the next nine days aren’t too nerve-racking for you. Hope the PET scan gives some good answers and that the pre-surgery appointment goes well. And like Dave above, I could use some OCD skills. The letter ‘D’ with me means Disorganised. Stay positive.

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  4. Aw, Terry, nothing but good thoughts and prayers from me! I had my last chemo on Friday and just dealing with the inconvenient side effects now and waiting for my hair to begin growing back 🙂 Wishing you all the best as you move forward in this tough journey. I’m glad you have Gary’s love and support ❤ along with all of ours!

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    • Diane, I wish upon you a year of good health and happiness as you continue on my friend. We are very fortunate to have many wonderful friends here on WP to help us along the way. Thank you for your support, I appreciate you very much. Hang in there! 🙂

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