Our family has continued to support the medical community. Gannon got tubes in his ears last week…he has two appointments in Iowa City this week. Georgia is getting tubes in her ears on Thursday.
….and me, well my case continues to be “challenging”.
You might remember that I have thyroid cancer that is doing it’s darndest to stay hidden. We know it’s back according to my bloodwork numbers…but where, who knows for sure.
On February 10th I was back to Lacrosse to have a neck CT scan done. A lymph node near my trachea had grown and the suspicion is that the cancer is there. I’ve had several intervention radiologist look at and none have been able to get a biopsy on it. In the meantime, I’ve had numerous other lymph nodes in my neck biopsied but none have come back cancerous. This particular lymph node is more or less in the middle of my neck. There are all sorts of things going on there….There’s a risk to my voice, to my trachea and now I found out my main artery too.
Well I’ve been waiting since the 10th to find out a plan. I’ve not heard anything. On the 14th I messaged my doctor and she said that my surgeon was supposed to be talking with the latest intervention radiologist and see if he might be willing to try this biopsy. Apparently he was on vacation and no one told me so last week on the 20th, I messaged the surgeon. I heard from his nurse a simple courtesy reply..and heard a courtesy rely on the 21st again.
Over the weekend I was frustrated. All of my kids were home so I talked with them about it. I told them I thought I was going to request to be sent on to Mayo Clinic. So Sunday night I messaged my doctor. She got back to me this morning.
She apologized and apologized for the delay. She told me she was out all last week with Influenza A. She had a cold when I saw her on the 10th so she’s had a rough time of things. She sounded terrible on the phone.
We came up with a plan. Here it is… Continue reading