Medical Updates

Yesterday I went to have my biopsy.  I ended up having company for the drive.  Kelli came…and Kalissa and Carver came too.  It turns out, Carver needed his own appointment with the pediatric specialist that deals with his respiratory stuff.  Kalissa had to work overnight 12 hour shifts the entire weekend and that’s when Carver was sick.  It’s a croup kind of thing again.  It seems he gets a cold and immediately it turns into something nastier that makes breathing not quite so easy.

We brought my wagon with for him to hang out in when we walked to his appointment.


You can see my those bright red cheeks that he’s not feeling the best.


I tried to keep Carver busy and didn’t hear all of what the doctor said….After the appointment Kalissa sent this message:  “Carver had an appointment in Lacrosse today with the pediatric allergist after a ROUGH weekend of struggling with croup AGAIN. Unfortunately we didn’t find out anything we didn’t already know. We suspect Carver will struggle with asthma, we suspect he will struggle with allergies, right now the best diagnosis we have is spasmodic croup. We will be referred on to ENT to hopefully actually look at his upper airway and see if there are any structural abnormalities. For now he is a happy, stridorous, barky little guy. His breathing troubles don’t seem to cramp his style which is a blessing.”

….as of today…still croupy and now he has a full blown cold.  Over the weekend it was only croup.  Poor guy.  We all just do the only thing we really can and that’s loving on him.

My appointment for the needle biopsy on my “lymph node” was a little bit later.  We ended up going right over there and checking in.  Happily the got me in right away.  Here’s what I learned:The radiologist that was performing the biopsy had another doctor with him that was in training.  It was slightly unnerving.  The teaching doc would say things like “you’re going to have to skim over the top of the carotid artery and then angle the needle and go deep”.  UGH.  For the most part I do really with procedures but having them talk like that made it more annoying.  Well in the conversation between the two of them the doctor started saying things like “pseudo node” and atypical results.  Hmm..  The talk went on between the two with me completely in the dark.  Finally I got up my nerve and said, “Would me mind explaining all of that to me?”

Well….here’s what I got out of it.  He thinks the “node” that I came to have biopsied really isn’t a node and is instead scar tissue.  He said radiologist techs take pictures and the radiologist that reads the pictures doesn’t see things in motion. It looks different if seeing it in motion. He said they would biopsy it but it will like come back saying there was “nothing” in the sampling to test as scar tissue isn’t cellular, thus the finding atypical.

So I asked what was in the future for me if that is true…which he was 99% sure it was true….he said they would still watch it as there is a chance that it could be a node and they might have gotten a bad sampling in the biopsy.  UGH.

I’m starting to realize that there is no way to really get away from it all.  I had hoped once the treatment was over for my thyroid cancer, it would be over.  It really isn’t.  There is no crawling in a hole and pretending it didn’t happen.  Every six months I’ll be back and go through the tests.

I know I shouldn’t be complaining.  This is all WAY better than all the other complications and even death that I could  be facing.  I just wish that all of this would have been explained to me from the beginning.  After this experience I’ve learned that health care misses out by not being more informative as to what happens along the way after diagnosis.  I feel a lot like my body part is treated but me, not so much.  I’ve said this before and will say it again and again.  I’d rather go see my family physician or my chiropractor.  I feel like they take me and my life style into consideration when they talk to me….

The very best scenario would be that this is a lymph node and that it’s benign.  Then it won’t have to be tested again.  The second best case….the is the  “pseudo node” and will produce atypical results.  The wait is on…  I’ll let you know when I know.

…and so the road took us back home.


Carver and I were both in the same boat at the end of the day….tired, feeling like our time was wasted and wishing our cases were more definitive.

We’re both troopers though and know we are in this for the long haul even if we don’t always like where our road is taking us.  Thanks to all who have thought, prayed or sent good wishes our way.  We do appreciate your support.

15 thoughts on “Medical Updates”

  1. Pam in Illinois

    Jo, I just read that if you have allergies that you should start eating LOCAL honey. Like a tsp or tbls or something. I’m sure it is out there on Google if you want more info. Maybe it would be beneficial for Carver. Good luck! And good luck to you too pam

  2. You are right, Pam! I heard the same thing, so I started this past spring taking a tsp. of local honey each morning. The only negative on it is that it may take up to a year to work, or so I’ve been told. I’m usually on meds year round for my allergies, but no meds so far! Jo, it may help Carver, bless his heart! Maybe put it in with his juice or water?

  3. Yes, local honey does help for some allergies, for some people.
    When we married 45 years ago, my husband suffered greatly from hay fever each fall…local honey helped him so much; over time the allergy has all but gone away….
    It is certainly worth a try for little Carver….

  4. Cheryl in Dallas

    Jo, I feel your pain about the “after-cancer” treatments. It’s annoying that treatments, pills, and procedures seem to never end. But, like you, I am GLAD to be in this situation, after all. Lots of people with cancer would love to have the treatments that are available to me.

    You and your crew had a beautiful view on the drive home!

  5. I’ve always heard don’t give honey to babies under 2 years old so you might want to check on that before giving it to Carver. Hope you both feel better soon.

  6. What about making smaller blocks? Use the poeces you have now to make enough blocks for a middle section and then add a poeced border and make larger baskets for the outside. Just a thought. I know you’ll figure out something which will make a beautiful quilt.

  7. I agree with you wholeheartedly about doctors not explaining the ‘after’ surgery. Since you haven’t gone thru that procedure before, how do you know what questions to ask and what to expect. Thanks for sharing. Hope all is well with you and Carver.

  8. It sounds like you are still in the wait and see position with your health, bummer. It does sound like better news than a return of “cancer”. Carver looks like a happy little man in the wagon, sure hope he is feeling better soon.

  9. One option to consider would be a second opinion for both you and Carver , maybe at a larger more experienced facility. I assume the University of Iowa has a medical center or there is always Mayo Clinic or the University
    of Minnesota. I would not be very comfortable with a Dr who’s explanation was ” maybe it was a bad biopsy”.

  10. Jo,
    Wouldn’t it be nice when making a doctor’s appointment that the receptionist ask if you mind if a medical student observes the procedures. After all, it is your body and you should have control of who is in the room during the medical exam. I realize the medical student has to have the training, but, it should not be at your expense or your right to privacy if it makes you uncomfortable.
    Hope your future exams go better for you and your results come back with a positive outcome. Our thoughts and prayers are with your daily.

    1. Normally a student doesn’t bother me in the least…this time they were talking like I wasn’t part of it and more like a specimen. UGH.

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