It’s doctor day for me. Well, yesterday was a test day and today is doctor’s day. It’s that time of year again. For me, it is currently a six months ordeal for a check-up on my thyroid cancer.
Yesterday I made the trip to Mayo Clinic in Rochester for testing and today it’s my day to get the results.
My daughter Kelli went with me yesterday along with her daughter Georgia. They wanted to do some school shopping to get Georgia ready for her 4-year-old preschool class. That all starts on the 23rd I believe. They had gotten the supplies earlier so this trip was about clothes!
On Monday were up early and on the road. We stopped at one place coming into town and then Kelli let me out at Mayo Clinic and I went in and started my test. They went on to do more shopping. Luckily there were only two…blood test and then a chest CT. The blood test was first and then I headed to the waiting room for my CT. I started stitching.
Then I heard someone say, “Jo, it’s Jo.” I looked and didn’t immediately recognize the person. It was one of those she looked so familiar moments but a name didn’t come. Then I saw her husband and immediately knew. They were from my husband’s old neighborhood back home when I first met him. In fact, I met Dave, the husband, for the first time on the very night I met my husband. They were neighborhood friends.
We had moved out of the area by the time Dave met and married his wife Donna. Had we stayed in the area, I am certain Donna and I would have become friends. She’s a quilter and crafter and very talented.
It made my day to see them and catch up with the who’s and what’s of the old neighborhood. It’s always great to get back in touch with good people.
So my day of waiting and tests was made MUCH better just by seeing them. THANKS so much, Dave and Donna!!
Before long I was done and Kelli picked me back up again. Georgie was all of herself when we were shopping. She just loves EVERYTHING horse and unicorn. EVERYTHING. She would not accept any clothes that weren’t horse or unicorn. That kid!!!
We made it home later in the afternoon and the test results started to become published. It’s a nerve-racking process. Sadly, I’ve been doing this long enough that I know when things sound good and when they sound not so good.
If you’ve been around here you know that in 2016 was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. I had it removed and was given radioactive iodine to kill anything that was there and left over.
As time went on we realized that my cancer was returning but didn’t know where. My blood work numbers indicated it was somewhere but scans couldn’t find it. My numbers continued to rise and we continued scans. Finally, in the Fall of 2020, they found it. The cancer had moved to my lungs which is typical of thyroid cancer.
In January 2021, they tried a new not very well-tested treatment. It knocked the cancer back but didn’t kill it. So now we are back to blood tests and scans.
In the evening my phone started pinging with test results. Everything started out well. They do a blood panel with it all and apparently, minus the cancer, I’m pretty healthy. To get all of the results the phone had to ping about five times. Of course, the tests that meant something were last…and waited until 9 pm in the evening.
The results of the scan came in at supper time. They were not good…not terrible but not good. The cancer was growing again.
At 9 pm the test that really meant something came in. It was terrible. Back in the Fall of 2020, my tumor marker was thought to be terrible and it was at 1300. Anything below 2 is considered good. My number is now over 2800. That’s bad.
Everything ran through my brain. Has the cancer spread yet again…that’s a big possibility. Had my cancer morphed and become not the follicular kind but antiplastic? There are so many questions and possibilities that ran through my mind. All of them not good.
There really, as of the last time I talked with the doctor, nothing they can do to ever cure this. There might be some off-the-wall hail-mary type thing as a treatment but there will never be a cure.
All I know for certain at this point is that whatever comes of the appointment, I’m going to do my best to have a good attitude. I’m sure this will involve more testing. I’ll be moved back to the three-month appointment plan. Those are all things I can do. So, I get a plan and work the plan and hope for the best.
So I was left with that and had to go off to bed. I’d be seeing my doctor in the morning leaving at 7 am….and that’s where I’m heading off to as you are reading this. My daughter Kalissa is with me. I’m sure she’ll be full of questions for the doctor.
I’ll give you an update when the dust settles. Hopefully, I’ll get an update to you this evening but if not, in the morning.