Doctor Update

So today was Doctor Day for me.  If you’ve been following the blog you know that my blood results are indicating that I have a return of cancer.  I had thyroid cancer back in 2016.  We thought it was gone but it decided it liked me so much that it came back.

If you missed my post about the return cancer, you can find that HERE.

Tuesday we were up and did blood testing and neck ultrasound.  Today…Doctor.

Here’s what we know….NOTHING.

Actually here’s what my doctor said:
She doesn’t think the “lesion” in my thyroid area is the problem.  She thinks the thyroid cancer has likely moved to my lungs.  She said it can be small and not detectable and that could be why nothing is showing up the scans I’ve had done.  We might have to “let it grow” before it’s treated as whatever it is, has to show up on a scan before it can be treated.

She suggested that we have the “lesion” biopsied and a CT chest scan done.  They were able to get me in for the CT scan in the afternoon but not until 3:15pm so we had to wait around for six hours.  They scheduled the biopsy for Thursday.  UGH another day back in Rochester.  Well then they explained that the have a “check” option.  This meant that you can be put on a “check” list and should an opening come up I could get the needle biopsy done.

Luckily both of the procedures happened from the same waiting room.  I went to the receptionist and asked to be on the “check” list for the needle biopsy.  She said -I’ll do better than that, I’ll call back and see if we can get you in on appointment status.  She did and I did get an appointment.  AH..not another trip to Rochester.

The needle biopsy went great.  It was the best one ever.  The doctor had a British accent that was completely in a lullaby tone.  He was super considerate and easy going.  Even though the biopsies are the most fun, he made it completely tolerable.  The whole staff was wonderful and very kind and considerate.

The chest CT was quick…10 minutes in and out.  The only problem…I was suppose to put my arms back and under my head.  I did…the scanner took me under the machine and that’s when my shoulder screamed, “remember, I don’t work this was anymore”  (for any new blog readers I had a shoulder injury that I occasionally have to nurse back to health)  Well there was nothing I could do so while my shoulder was SCREAMING, I just started counting in my mind to make me not think of the pain my shoulder was causing….It was quick but my shoulder is pretty sore.  Nothing terrible but I’ll be tylenoling and nursing it for a bit.

So now I go back on Tuesday to find out the results…I’m hoping there are some answers and we don’t move on to more testing.  We’ll see.  I’m open to wherever this takes me.

If it’s in the thyroid bed (“lesion”) then surgery.  If it’s in my lungs another round of Radio Active Iodine.  If there are no answers, more testing.  All of these are things I can do.

When I got out of testing, Hubby had these for me….TRUFFLES.  My fave.

He was a real trouper.  I had magazines and cross stitch with to keep me occupied.  He had NOTHING.

On the way home I got this picture sent to me…. Continue reading


So Very Thankful

Today is my appointment day with the doctor here at Mayo Clinic.  Hubby and I came in yesterday for some tests…Everything was simple so far.  Blood work and then a neck ultrasound.

We stayed overnight.  Rochester is just under 2 hours away and it made more sense to us to stay overnight as we had an afternoon appointment yesterday and an 8 am appointment today.  It was either spend the money on gas or spend the money on a hotel.

I want to give a big shout out to all of you.  I’ve had wonderful things come in the mail to me…cards and thinking of you gifts.

This one came from one of the people I admire the most, our former Pastor’s wife.  She’s one of kind and oh so special.  She was the perfect model of a pastor’s wife.  As Hubby would say, if she doesn’t go to heaven, we’re all going to hell.

Thanks so much for the card Cecil.  Thanks also to others who have sent cards.  The “cheering me on notes” are great!

My niece Jody, who also had a cancer repeat, sent me this along with a note.  While she was going through life this book has been inspirational to her.  She thought I should have a copy too.

…and of course, there’s Ila…. Continue reading


Finally…those striped black shirts

Remember this book is Parallel Lines by Pamela Goecke Dinndorf that our blog reader Linda from Minnesota gifted us?

Remember this quilt that I’ve started collecting fabrics for???

For it I need black striped fabric.  I’ve been trying to find black striped 100% cotton shirts.  I’ve not had the best of luck.  I’ve found one here or there.  Blog readers have sent a couple to me.

As much as I liked the quilt I was beginning to think I wouldn’t get to make it until WAY in the future.  Collecting was so slow.  I thought to just give up on black and switch to making it in blues but that didn’t seem right.  I thought to give up I liked the quilt just the way it was…so I needed to be patient.

Then last week when I was at the thrift store I hit the jackpot.  I found these…. Continue reading


Auction Day!!

Saturday was auction day.  There were so many auctions around…Three all at places I typically go.  There was also a big estate sale…so which one do I choose to go to??  The one with QUILTS of course.

This is one side of the rack….

This is the other.  You’d have stayed at this auction too, right??

There were all sorts of quilts.  Check out the top picture…see the one on the upper right?  NOT HOMEMADE.

See some of the beauties below?  Homemade, hand stitched and hand quilted!!

There was SO MUCH STUFF!!  Too much really.  That became evident as the sale went on.

There were sewing goodies…and fabric.  Yep, this was to be my sale.

Kalissa came with this guy…

The sale started at 9am and was done-ish at 5pm.  Carver stuck it out the whole time.  It was challenging but for a two year old, he did great.

One of the things he was watching for was a box of tractors.  We had shown them to him early on and used that as a draw to get him to watch.  When it came to sell them, they put the tractors and implements on the table to sell choice.  I decided I would buy one for him.

It I was going to bid, I would hold up his hand.  We got the bid at $10.  I took him up so he could pick his choice.  I was hoping he’d pick the skid-loader…he did, but he also wanted the tractor.  Spoiled kid, I let him get both.  I do want him to like auctions.

Later Kalissa bought a stroller…I bought the rocker.  He played….He got fussy near the end but it was also one of the first days he’d ever gone without a nap!

Mid auction I decided to go and look through the quilts.  Like I said, there were in all sort of different shape.  I wanted to be able to pick quickly should I get the bid.

This one…faded on the left of of photo.

This one…cute border idea.
Oh…I liked this one.  It was frayed in the center though…. Continue reading