Feb 19, 2010 - 1:03 pm
PET-CT Tuesday showed asymetric increased metabolism in the right side of the tongue base and hypermetabolic bilateral cervical lymph nodes. Also, a 4 mm right upper lobe nodule of the lung (non-specific and below the resolution of the PET). Wednesday, my ENT did a Direct Laryngoscopy, Brochoscopy, and Esophagoscopy, with tissue biopsies and Tonsillectomy. ATER tonsil removal, he went to the abnormal area at the base of tongue, which was very small, and was able to get a pathologist to take an immediate frozen section, which showed that to be the area of the primary. Woot. I don't have the final word on all the biopsies, but the ENT seemed very pleased about his findings. I will go to Stanford next Thursday, to meet with their Tumor Board for treatment recommendations. It appears they can treat me locally, based on the Stanford recommendations.
So, for the moment, I'm temporarily incapacitated by the effects of the tonsillectomy. It is everything you all promised me that it would be. The ENT's staff thoughtfully telephoned me yesterday to warn me that days 4, 5 and 6 "would be the worst". Yep. I'm suspecting this is mostly owing to the sheer number of biopsy samples collected, but my swallower has completely rebelled, and is propelling fluids up into my sinuses rather than downward. I was great until I tried to eat Cream of Wheat. Feels like my sinuses have been wall-papered. Those wheaty bits will probably be up there forever. To paraphrase Scarlett O'Hara; "As God is my witness, I will never eat Cream of Wheat again..."
Mick & Steve, keep those updates coming. I'm right behind you. You guys are my heros.