Thursday, August 12, 2010

Two appointment done in one day...

8:15 am: The Echo gram went well at RMC. I had to lay down on my left side, while she took the hand held gadget under my breast to see my heart. It's like an ultrasound. It looked cool. The picture was gray in color. I could see the valves open and close. I saw the walls of my heart move. Awesome. Then it showed red, blue and yellow colors. She put it on my side under my arm too. Then, I had to lay on my back while she checked toward the bottom of my left rib and then on my throat. I was done in about 30 min.

1:00 pm: Next appointment after lunch. We talk to radiation doctor Arwood. He really did explain everything well. 1. Cancer tumor was close to muscle. 2. Lymph node that was positive had issues. It should have had a barrier or hard like wall but it didn't. It had things going to the outside of it. This is not a good thing. These two things make me 50/50 for Rad. So, he really things it would be best to get radiation (Rad.). It could help me by about 5-10%. So, I guess it would be best to do this?????
Yeah, it would but God knows it really hard to keep listening to all these things I should do to get better. I just can wait til it's all done. I will survive!!!
OK. I have to call PS to get the OK to continue fill ups and maybe implant too. Rad Dr. said it shouldn't be a problem. I just have to get PS to approve.
After Chemo, I have to wait 6 weeks to start Rad. I would have treatments Monday-Friday (yes 5 days) for about 15 min. for 6 weeks.  Wow, that's alot ain't it. We or I would have to go to Oak Ridge each day. On top of that, I have that other treatment every 3 weeks for 12 months at the oncologist office in Oak Ridge too.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Got Port

Well, I got my port put in yesterday. I was at RMC hospital at 8:30 am and didn't leave until 2:00pm.
I got registered then went to a room on the 2nd floor. They check BP, temp, and put in IV. I had to pee in a cup to check if I was pregnant since my tubes aren't tied. Then we waited and waited. Jeff was with me. I worked on Sudoku and watched TV. The gown they gave me to wear was light purple my favorite shade. Of course, I thought she said to put it with  the front open and Jeff said no it opens in the back. He was right. Ha Ha! I finally got to got to back and He kissed good bye then went to waiting area. I went back and answered more questions. They put Oxygen on me and of coarse I had a surgery hat on my head. They put more blankets on due to it being freezing temperatures in that room. Then they put demoral and relaxing meds in IV. I wasn't get sleepy yet. Dr came in to sign papers and I ask him "are you well rested?" he said yes and kinda of shook his head. I finally got sleepy and next thing I know I am back in that room again. I thought I never left. I reached up and felt my port on my right side. They took an X-ray right there in the recovery room while I laid in bed. Cool!
I went back to the room and Jeff came in not far behind me. I felt fine. They ask me what I wanted to eat which wasn't much to choose from but I chose banana nut muffin and orange juice. I know what a combo. It was really good. Then once they got the X-ray report back I got to leave. Jeff & I went to get some Krystals cause we were both starved. It was 2:30 pm when we finally got to grab a bit to eat.
Got home and waited for kids to get off the school bus.
I couldn't sleep on my side because it hurt. So, I had to sleep on my back. I hate that too. I couldn't go to work because I can't drive for 24 hrs. Plus it might be hard to work with the little kids.
Tomorrow is the Eco gram of heart and then rad. doctor. Busy days!
Well, this is getting closer to being done. I have to keep focused on just one step at a time. I am holding up pretty good so far. I am nervous but not real bad. Our preacher and a man who has cancer came by and checked on me. Before they left we prayed together. It's great to have people praying for me and my family. We are all doing great so far.