Last Week’s Oncology ApptPosted: March 17, 2014
Lots of things happened last week, including a turnaround drive to Davis, CA for my grandpa’s funeral on Mon/Tuesday. That post will come up tomorrow or so.
I had an appointment last Wednesday with my Oncology Team.
Some bullet points:
1. They are concerned that my neck/shoulder/arm/wrist and hand pain is so severe (it’s a bit better now), so they ordered a C-Spine MRI to make sure that:
a) the cancer hasn’t travelled to the bone (unlikely, since my tumor is still the same size)
b) that I haven’t injured my neck in any way.
Now, I’m happy that they are so thorough but this is a Sucky McSuckerson MRI for those of us with claustrophobia. Why? Because it involves laying for 45 minutes in an MRI with your head/neck in a catcher’s mitt. Seriously.
Oh yeah, that’s gonna fly! I’m not sure what the USC Neck Coil looks like but I’m totally taking advantage of Ativan and the panic button. At least I get to lie on my back for this. The 30 minute breast MRI on my stomach was horrible!!!
2. If you’ve been following along, I keep getting infections this year. This is not making my surgeon happy as, even though I recover from antibiotics, she’s concerned that I’ll get a massive infection quickly with surgery. She told me that she’s waiting for the “Big Thing” whatever it is to happen so she can call off surgery without guilt. So, she’s getting uncomfortable but is still on board. I totally trust her and I have another 10 months on the medicine before we HAVE to make the decision. I’m still hoping for summer. We shall see.
3. Good news!!! One issue that has to be dealt with for surgery is my HgbA1C. This is a test that measures my average blood sugar over three months. Five weeks ago it was 8.1. Last week it was 7.3!!! It is a huge jump down and my docs are very happy that I was able to bring it down so much in such a short time. We need the number to be in the low 6’s before I’m good for surgery. Having high blood sugars is just an invitation for infections to start and since we can’t pump up my white cells without killing my platelets, I have to get these numbers down. I started exercising a little yesterday. When I mean a little, I mean like a 10 minute walk where I had to stop and rest for a bit. Ugh. I have the body of an 80 year old. I’m losing weight with my meds but it’s all muscle. I’m going to try to do a little every day…working up to a little more every week.
So overall, I’m status quo. I get blood this Friday!
Well, my cat just smacked the back of my head so it’s obviously his “good wet food time”.
Happy St. Patricks Day!