Jun 24, 2010 - 4:08 pm
Basketcase wife again. Charlie had his endoscopy today and he does have a gastric ulcer. The gastro doc biopsied it and told us that it was slightly bleeding and was stopping. (Visit to onc. today blood counts had dramatically improved after having two units of blood last Friday). He is really a great doctor. He said he didn't know that it was cancer and that it was not cancer. Some ulcer he can tell not; but this one he would not say one way or the other because according to him he just couldn't tell. We'll have to wait for the biopsy reports which will be a week at least! He didn't feel confident saying it wasn't or saying it was. He doesn't always biospy ulcers as he can tell just an ulcer sometimes. Now he did mention that because he had cancer before and I don't know if this had just been a non bleeding ulcer if he would have still biopsied or not or if this is general protocol because somebody has had cancer before. And the onc. believes the bleeding was related to the ibuprophen which I guess can cause the ulcer. Anyway he told him to start taking his Nexium twice a day and then they would do a repeat endoscopy in 8 weeks to see if it's healed or healing. I am such a nervous wreck, tears, the whole nine yards. I don't mind telling y'all that I am so afraid of losing him and being alone (we have no children). We beat the other cancer and hopefully this will turn out to be an ulcer brought on by the stress of radiation and chemo. Thanks for all your prayers and continued ones and will keep you up to date.
Jan and Charlie