Jun 12, 2012 - 6:51 am
In the early hours of May 1, I got the news from the ER Dr. that the CT scan showed there is nothing causing the pain, but there is a 6 cm mass on the kidney, that needs to be checked out.
I knew what it meant -- my dad and grandfather also had the mass. I assumes that the surgeon would want it out ASAP (I know I did). However, they are more concerned with long term health than short term anxiety, and since there is no change in the medical outcome by waiting for a while (a while meaning at least three months), my seven week wait is not too bad.
I am actually somewhat grateful for the delay, it allowed me to learn more about myself and the RCC.
There are things I do not like about the delay: sometimes, the area around the right kidney itches, burns, or hurts, Then, when the pain stops, I get sweaty and tired. This was going on before, but I assumed it was middle age (I am 48). Hopefully, that stops (the discomfort, not the middle age) after surgery.
There is a lot to do between now and next tuesday, but I can see the end. I put my faith in the Doctors, and assume they know what they are doing. I hope it has not metastasised (unlikely), and the laproscopic surgery is successful.
This has maid me realize that I will not be around forever. And there are some things I want to do before I die. But, I will have time to do them. I will be around for the solar eclipse on Aug 21, 2017. I will buy a convertible. I will travel to the places I want to go. There should be plenty of time.
This week, I just hope my Washington Nationals can crush the Evil NY Yankeess. I will be there Fri night.