Jul 18, 2006 - 6:12 pm
... and came away with a gaping open wound packed with gauze. Yippy!! You mean all that complaining I did over the weekend to the on-call surgery team was justified? Would have been nice when I was telling them of the swelling, the redness, the night fevers, the leakage, etc., that they would have told me to come on in. But, no, they told me to "keep in touch" if anything changes.
Oh, yeah, the urine analysis confirmed a urinary tract infection, too.
I just asked my surgeon why do they give you a list of things to watch for and call on if they don't intend to do anything? I probably should have been opened up three days ago...
Okay, other than Mt. Saint Helens erupting in a disgusting display when the surgeon squeezed it, I finally got my TNM rating: T3 N0 MX. Translate: big tumor, nothing in the 14 tested lymph nodes and we haven't checked for metasteses so we aren't going to say if it has or hasn't spread.
They are making an appointment with the oncologist because of my "young" age of 49 (I LOVE that!). But all I can find out there on the net is that most chemo regimens for Stage II with my TMN results in only a 2% or less greater survival rate.
I don't think I can put myself through that without a better rate of return.
And I am wondering...can't they do full body scans to look for metasteses before I make a chemo decision? The MRI of the liver was clear. My chest scans and Xrays looked ordinary. Do I need a brain scan and bone scan?
Any thoughts out there? I appreciate all of your feedback.