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….
This is Kelli’s arm. She was back in to Urgent Care and then transferred over to the ER. This is her second time into the doctor this week. She has a horrible throat and coughing a lot. She’s in that terrible spot in pregnancy that she’s not far enough along for meds and too far along for meds so she has to suffer through it. They gave her another round of fluids. She’s off work for 4 days. They gave her meds to help her not vomit and burn her throat even more.
Hubby and I ended up driving to Decorah and stopped in and checked on her. She looked run down and beat. We did what we could, which wasn’t much. She got sent home so we went home too.
I got home and found this in my mailbox.
Whoop! Whoop!! Lou Ann of Lou Ann’s Quilt Garden & Retreat got them into her shop and sent one to me. How fun is that?
My plan…do a quick clean up around here and then off to bed. I’m POOPED. It was a long two days. I can’t wait to be back to work tomorrow….but first I’m paging through this book!!!