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.