Sunday, October 17, 2010
Cancer X 2 = rethinking priorities
About a month ago, TBG had a routine doctor's appointment but it turned out that a necessary biopsy was scheduled for two weeks ahead. My heart sank when he told me this as of course my imagination runs wild and I immediately fear the worst. Now I had two weeks to worry. After a week went by, I had to have an emergency visit with the gynecologist, (I'll spare you the gory details) had a biopsy done and 3 days before TBG's biopsy I was told that I have uterine cancer and a catscan would be necessary to ensure it hadn't spread to the lymph nodes. 3 days later TBG has his biopsy and then followup visit. Results - he too has cancer but a very slow growing one and nothing needs to be done asap. His doctor was wonderful and I feel very confident he will take excellent care of TBG.
Following Monday - my catscan was done and doctor's PA calls to tell me that lymph nodes look good so surgery would be done by my doctor here in local hospital on a Tuesday and check my calendar for the next several weeks. Phew! Sounds good, let's just get this minor annoyance over with. Still have to go back to doctor to set schedule for surgery. First off, he kept us waiting for an hour, breezed in the door and begins to read the catscan report. Hello, have you not discussed this with the PA? It certainly sounded that way when she called. He then proceeds to tell us the opposite of what the PA did. He doesn't like the catscan, would not "feel comfortable" doing the surgery just in case it had spread to the outer wall and lymph nodes need to be removed - that's "not his area of expertise". He tells me I need to go to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.
I have several more posts scheduled and one on November 1st is a guest post from Susan at West of Mars. She has a really great post written and I hope you will get take the time to read what she has to say. She has an important charity message in the post. So for the most part, PPP will be on a brief hiatus and when I do return, it may just be as a reader of other blogs. I'm not too sure.