Today was doctor day. Back to the Mayo Clinic I went. We hoped to get some answers concerning the tests from last week.
I was there to find out the result of my testing…
I was hoping we’d find out some answers from the last round of testing…figures were crossed for no more of these stiff not so cute gowns.
Monday morning before childcare I had finally set up my online account for the Mayo Clinic. I hadn’t had a bill so didn’t know my number and no account could be set up without a number. Anyway…I looked at my account after I set it up and was upset. Results for the chest CT scan had come back and the little bit I could read and understand didn’t sound the best to me. I thought I understood a few small spots. UGH. Then I did the bad thing and googled “return thyroid cancer to the lungs”….all things I know better than to do.
I was a little bummed. Then I sent the test results to Kalissa and Kelli. Being nurses I thought they might be able to come up with some idea. They were both confused by the report….Kalissa was doing the “on the bright side things”…Kelli was doing the “don’t borrow trouble” sayings.
I’ll admit to letting my mind wander a little farther than I should have.
So chin up- and new day..the day we’d been waiting for was here.
I had family tagging along. They took off a lot of the pressure and made it fun. Having someone to laugh with, even though things are tough and serious, makes the whole matter much easier.
Our trip up included a stop at the Spring Valley Bakery…our favorite.
I stitched on my English paper piecing and pinned my double wedding ring blocks.
We had to wait in the waiting room quite awhile. I didn’t want to be rude but ended up going and asking if they had forgotten about us after waiting for a half hour. I was assured that they did have us registered and they’d be calling us back soon.
These two did make the wait not so bad.
Hubby didn’t want anything to do with it.
We finally got called back.
Here’s what we found out….There are five small spots in my lungs. They are between 1-2 mm. See the chart below. That’s a comparison to show the size.
There is no way to test them. A needle can’t biopsy there. They are not for certain all cancer. They could be though. We have no idea how long they have been there. As they are, they are not concerning or alarming. They could take years and years to grow. They are likely the culprit of the rise in my thyroglobulin tumor marker. We do need to keep watching them though.
In six months I’ll go back, I’ll have a work up that includes blood tests, neck ultrasound and chest CT. We’ll compare numbers then.
My doctor in Lacrosse believed in doing annual whole body scans (ones that included a hard diet, shots and week off of work). This doctor doesn’t. She believes in watching the specific area and then should something show up, then doing a whole body scan. That was good news….No more taking a week off of work just for doctor visits. It doesn’t mean I’ll never have one but I can skip the spring on for now.
I was real upfront and asked for a prognosis… She said everyone is different. She said there is no way of knowing but I could be the same for years and years. She certainly didn’t make this seem like any sort of death sentence.
There is one test that we are waiting to get back before I get the full six months off of doctor visits. Hopefully those results will be soon. They were suppose to be in already but aren’t. She was investigating that.
I think in light of things we got about the best news we could get. I am so thankful for that….Hope is always a good thing.