Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Radiologist Follow-up

This morning was my first follow-up with my radiologist. (ended rad July 18) I mentioned the pain in my "good side" and, of course, the pain in my "treated side".  After poking and pushing (too hard), he said that some women do report pain on the good side and they are not quite certain why.

Oh brother!
I asked if it could be cancer on the other side now and he said "very unlikely".  That through chemo and radiation they consider me in remission (already reported that) and that I will be monitored on a regular basis. For example, I am to schedule my yearly mammogram.  Which, by the way, was when I found out I had cancer right after Thanksgiving.  He said that I should take pain medicine before I go.....
I'm not looking forward to that at all.  He asked if I had seen my surgeon and I told him not since the surgery.  I wasn't sure what the process was.  Since I still have treatment on a regular basis, I'll let the oncologist direct me.
So, besides remission, the good news is my oxygen level said 100% on the monitor.  The first thing that is A-OK at 100 percent!  Love it ~
He asked about the fatigue and I tried to give him an example of, say, waiting at the doctor's office, spending time with the doctor and then having to "make up" the time at work.  This makes 40+ hours for the work week and, yep, I get tired.  I then mentioned that he must know what I mean about long work hours (as a doctor), say working 60+ hours.  And he said "never", that it would drive him crazy IF HE WORKED OVER 30 hours.
I think I must have stared at him after that.  Didn't know what to say about that except try to add $ signs and hours and medical bills, etc.  He does seem to be on vacation a lot.
Don't have to see him for another 6 months.
Next on the list.... Echo and bone density screening on Sept 10.
On another note, I scheduled the MammoVan for work tomorrow.  First time using this company, so I hope it works out well for our employees.
Guess what, after over a year, I finally finished my Shutterfly book at an impressive 85 pages!!  Made it in time for the 50% discount. Placed the order and I am SO EXCITED!
Gonna sign off and r-e-l-a-x


  1. Congrats on the 100% and the Shutterfly book!

    1. A big THANK YOU to you and mom for the Christmas gift certificate! That really helped too :) Can't wait to share it (show it off) to everyone!!

  2. Carol,
    I have recently learned that bone density scans MUST be taken on the same exact machines each time for comparisons, after the base reading. There is SO much to learn about being the "patient" and it is so difficult to always be on top of all the research and information. Good luck on your tests. I found this out after being diagnosed w osteoporoses about a 1 1/2 ago. I have also stopped having mammograms in favor of thermograms. Fortunately, found a doctor who was willing to accommodate my alternative beliefs.

    Best wishes on your journey ~ Tina's Aunt Chris

    1. Hi Chris,
      Thank you for writing .... praying for you and Jerry. I haven't been on in a little while because I can't find the password :(

      I'm grateful for the information and definitely checking it out.

      SO happy that I got to see Tina. She is a wonderful woman, mother, wife and many other things that I want HER to realize.

      May your days be filled with deep joy that nothing can destroy it!


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