So…the results are in. Last week they did the needle biopsy on the lymph nodes in my neck. I was sore over the weekend but as of this morning, my neck feels completely normal. Even the soreness was handled with Tylenol so if you ever need to get this done…no worries. It’s totally doable.
Now the results. My doctor called this afternoon. She told me, “I guess the good news is no cancer”. Ah. I guess that, being told to a normal person, would be good news. It’s weird but I was hoping this was cancer and we could just deal with it…but that is not to be.
The hunt is back on. Right now I have a 4mm spot in my lung that is under suspicion. I have a 7mm lymph node behind my trachea. That is under suspicion. So in order to test them and the rest of my body, I have to do the full body scan. This is the one that is doable that I hate.
Why do I hate it?? It’s not the actual procedure….yes, they put me in a machine like this…It isn’t that the machine comes up and sits about 2″ from my face. It isn’t that the scan takes 30 minutes.
It’s this that makes me hate it….THE DIET…and the prep…and taking off work.
So I’ll be back on the low-iodine diet for two weeks. Seriously I can eat: fresh fruits and veggies with no butter or oils. I can eat 6 ounces of meat a day and pretty much, that’s it. No dairy…no restaurants…no canned food. There is VERY little I can eat. People have tried to help but I’ve done the diet and it boils down to fresh fruits and veggies. I can do it but admittedly, I get crabby…and I end up losing 7 pounds. I have no idea how vegans do it. All I know is that I was not meant to be a vegan.
The shots and prep stink too. For scan week it goes like this.
Monday- drive to Lacrosse and get a shot
Tuesday- drive to Lacrosse and get a shot
Wednesday- drive to Lacrosse and swallow the scan dose or radioactive iodine
Friday- drive to Lacrosse and have the scan done- then see my doctor
The good news…I get the results that day. I might not get the plan, but I do get the results. At least that’s something.
So…be prepared for an owly me. I’ll try. Seriously I will, but I’m never good when my food is dictated to me.
My doctor told me, I’m not a textbook case. SURPRISE!! I don’t know that I’ve ever been textbook…and that’s okay. But once in awhile, I sure wish I could be.
I’m okay with it all….sure I wish it was easier but it is, what it is. There is no use being angry, upset or mad. That will help no one.
I am thankful for my doctor…she’s great and is working so hard to find out what is happening with me. She’s super nice and very compassionate. I so appreciate that.
So now I wait for a call from the nurse who sets this all up…then I’ll have a more complete plan…and I always feel better with a more complete plan.