Had a bit of a hectic night last night, was in bed by 10 but my oncologist woke us at midnight and recommended I get to the emergency room to get evaluated for 2 blood clots found in my lungs. Because of the cancer it’s likely I’ll be forming clots from now on. Luckily the clots are not life-threatening and since I didn’t present any symptoms (of course) all I got for my troubles is a new prescription of blood thinners for the next 6 months and an attempt to cauterize blood vessels ruptured in both nostrils. I’ve learned that getting swabbed with silver nitrate in both nostrils at 1 am is not my idea of a good time these days. Maybe 25 years ago it might have been different…
Imagine taking a ghost pepper… Then lighting it on fire… Then jamming that flaming hot pepper in each nostril while being mostly asleep and you get close to my experience this morning. I do not recommend it.
Let’s get right to it. CT scan results as transcribed by my lovely wife Christine:
“Abdomen and pelvis: there is decreased size and increased calcification within multiple hepatic metastases. A dominant left sided lesion measures approximately 5.9 x 2.8 cm, previously 9 x 6 cm. A second lesion in the medial left hepatic lobe adjacent to some capsular retraction measures approximately 3.2 x 3.6 cm, previously 4.6 x 4.4 cm. Additionally lesions also show decreased size, without new lesions identified. Patent portal veins. No biliary ductal dilatation. The gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, adrenal glands and kidneys are normal in appearance.
The distal esophagus, stomach and duodenum are normal in appearance. The remaining small bowel is decompressed. There is decreased wall thickening and irregularity within the sigmoid. Remainder of the colon is normal in appearance. Normal appendix. Urinary bladder is normal in appearance. Unremarkable prostate.
The abdominal aorta is normal in caliber with patent major branch vessels. no aggressive appearing osseous lesions. no pelvic lymphadenopathy.
1. Interval decrease in sigmoid wall thickening, suggesting treatment response
2. Decreased size of multiple mucinous hepatic metastases, compatible with treatment response. No new hepatic lesions identified
3. Nonocclusive pulmonary embolus in two right basilar segmental branches.
The patient was seen in the emergency department at 1 AM on 12-9-15 due to the incidental finding of pulmonary embolism. Treated with blood thinners and released.”
So evidently I need to stay off of ladders for the foreseeable future…
This improvement is to your credit. We’ve seen the high tide already and it’s continually receding now, because of the love sent my way, because of your energy and prayers. I am moved to tears when I re-read these scan results, remembering the blessings of many souls giving their unyielding support is why I’m surviving this.
And there’s plenty cancer left to kill – I continue to focus on its demise while graciously accepting the love and healing energy all of you give without hesitation.
thank you for being with me while I clean this stuff up.