First I would like to say a big thank you to all the techs, nurses, and doctors, at Harrington Cancer center for all they have done for me. Making every thing I went through as pleasant of an experience as possible.
It is finished, today 2/19/2018 I had my last radiation treatment. I was supposed to have completed it last Friday 2/16/2018 but due to the machine breaking down we had to carry one treatment over to this week.
When I finished this one they pinned a flower on my shirt and as I was walking out they kept blowing a horn letting everyone know that it was my last one.
I had never had a PET scan before. It was set up for Monday 10/2/2017, to get ready for it I had to drink 64oz of water Sunday 10/01/2017, could not have any sweets, bread, and fruit I was told if it tasted good spit it out, well it would be easer to tell what I could have. I did have eggs for breakfast, Steak for lunch with raw cauliflower, and broccoli, and some cooked spinach. I guarantee that the steak tasted good and I was not about to spit it out.
I got up to Harrington Cancer Center where I as going to have the PET scan. First I was taken into this room where I laid down, she came in and gave me some radiation dye to put in my arm. She explain that this would make any cancer cells light up because it likes to take any thing it can get. I had to lay in that room with the lights turned down low for they wanted me to be completely relaxed. after an hour had passed she came in and took me to where the PET scan machine was. It looked a lot like a cat scan but maybe a little smaller. She told me it would run for at least 25 minuets. It would not talk to me and first it will do like a cat scan then a pet scan, that was the longest 25 minutes, I could not move or take any deep breaths.
10/09/2017 a week later I had my chemo treatment. First I went in and the nurse accesses my port so she could draw blood, and also have it ready to do chemo later. Then I went up stairs to see Dr. Z when he came in he had a big smile on his face. He asked if I had not heard the results of my PET scan, I told him no. He said the I am in remission and that they could not find any cancer cells. Praise the Lord. But he did tell me that since back when he did the biopsy of my hip when I first came to see him, he would like for me to get some chemo injected into my bone marrow so that I might not get cancer in my back. This was my forth out of six chemo’s and he wants me to go ahead and have the other two done also, so that means I should be through in November.
I have been out of the hospital about a week and it was time to have my second chemo treatment. We went to the Harrington Cancer Center, I had to have my blood drawn first, when I went in they accessed my port which was very easy. It was so nice not to have them take it from my arm, you know where they search for a vain to poke.
After she took my blood I went to see Dr. Z, when he first came in he was surprised at how good I looked compared to seeing me in the hospital just over a week ago. I was wearing shorts and he made the comment I can see you have ankles, the swelling had gone down that much.
Next I went down to where they give you the chemo. I was a little nervous not knowing if I was going to feel as bad as I did in the hospital. I went in and set in a very comfortable chair. The first thing they asked me was if I would like to have a warm blanket, also would I like something to drink, and a snack. Even though their were several people having chemo the nurses treated each one of us as if we were the only person in there.
They started my chemo and I was told that it would be around four hours to complete all the chemo. Praise the Lord for the port, one of my treatments was called the big red. The nurse pulled out a big syringe, it was about an inch around and maybe seven inches long. She just hooked it up to the port and started feeding into my vain, I would have probable passed out if she had to stick it in my arm.
When the four hours was up, I felt good, walked out and Charlotte and I went home. I never did feel any bad side effects, praise the Lord.
In April of 2017 I had an Aneurysm of the artery in my lower left side of my belly. The end of June or the first part of July I started having pain in my stomach. I was not sure what was going on. I could not sleep on my sides so I would get up and try to sleep in my chair. This had been going on for about three weeks, my belly was getting so hard and I just could not eat very much. Finally I called my Gastrologist, My appointment was a good three weeks away, meanwhile I was sleeping in my chair and my belly was getting harder.
When I got in to see Doctor T. He asked me where I was hurting, then he examined me and was quiet concerned how tight my belly was. He wanted me to have an MRI so I had to wait another week to have it done. The day that I had the MRI he called me that afternoon and told me that he was very concerned on what he was seeing. He looked at the MRI that I had taken after the Stint they had installed back in April and what he was seeing in the MRI that I just had taken.
Dr. T Said he wanted me to have a biopsy taken of what he was seeing in the MRI, but they could not get me in for at least eight days. He did not want me to wait that long so he asked if I would be willing to see a cancer doctor. He got me in to see a doctor at the Harrington Cancer Center. I went to see him on August 2nd. 2017. Dr.T and Dr.Z looked over the MRI and so when I got to the dr. office he said that he would like to do a bone marrow biopsy on my hip so we did it right in the office. After he did the first biopsy it came up dry so he asked if he could take a second one, I told him to go ahead, it also came up dry. I was told that I had cancer of the lymph nodes. I was admitted to the hospital that same day, then August 5th. they did the Biopsy of the lymph node in my belly plus they went ahead and installed the port for them to do my chemo. August the 6th. I had my first chemo treatment in the hospital.