This is going to be a quick post, but I can't leave you all hanging! My PET scan results are in, and guess what?
Wrong! Guess again.
I had three liver tumors all along! Somehow, in going over past scans, the hidden third one was found. Where's Waldo came out of hiding.
And, all three have shrunk on chemo.
So, my consult to see if I can have surgery on my liver is in the works. It will take a couple of weeks so don't hold your breath on that one.
There was some bad news: I need a blood transfusion. My reds finally gave up the ghost and are now mere watery pinks. I've been breathless and tired for a long time and I get a bit dizzy now and then, so they are going to give me a boost. That happens tomorrow and it takes six hours. They good news is the transfusion center has wifi so my addiction to Big Love can continue, the bad news is it takes six hours so I had to take the day off.
Cancer is the most time-consuming thing I have EVER done.
The other bad news is my port turned into a one-way port. Drugs go in, but nothing goes out. They think probably a fibrin sheath has formed over the end, which creates a little flap. When things go in, like chemo drugs, it opens. When they try to suck stuff out of it, like blood, it closes. Kind of like a heart valve.
Anyway, I have to have a dye study done to see if that's the case - if so, they will give me clot busting drugs to open it up. It's not a complication I wanted and I was told it was more common when having a port in the arm, so I guess I gambled and lost. Somebody will surely say "I told you so." It's not dangerous though, if taken care of.
There is your quick update.
I hope the transfusion gives me energy. I hear it might. It would be wonderful if I could actually clean the house and come home from work and cook dinner for a change.
If oxygen gets to my brain, I might even be able to write an interesting blog post again!
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