Oct 19, 2012 - 10:45 pm
Wednesday October 17, 2012: Well today was the day that I'd find out how my blood tests came out and what Dr. Donthireddy (oncologist) wanted from me for the next year. Just a recap last year she told me that I really didn't need a scan this year so in August when making the yearly appointment I called her to see if she wanted me to have a scan and she said " no I don't think you need to have one. If you have been feeling fine then there is no need for one." So she comes into the room and she says "no scan". My mouth just dropped. I said you told me that I didn't need one last year and it as up to me and then I called you last month when making the appointment and asked if you wanted me to have one and left it up to her. Said I didn't want to make that choice and said "you told me no it wasn't necessary." She said well we can do one now. I told her fine but wish you would have told me before and now I'm going to have such high anxiety about this because you should have just told me to do it. Bottom line she said then we will wait until next year, have a scan then. I once again said are you sure, and she said yes
My blood tests came out so much better than last year. Can't believe that my white and red count came up. Still below normal but one part of my profile with the blood came up into the normal range for the first time in four years.
I left Wednesday with a sadness, I doubted myself, I doubted my appointment, I doubted my stance on the scan. Usually I'd come home from my doctor's appointment and be happy or not. This time was not. I stewed about what she said "no scan" and it bummed me. So I called Thursday morning and talked to her nurse and gave her my scenario. She said well we can give you something to help your anxiety and said that I'm already on Ativan (only take it for things like this). Long story short, I called all day yesterday and finally got a scan this morning. Had to drink that dye at 5:00 a.m. and leave at 6:00. I'm angry, only because last year you can see my previous post about what she said about no scan and then me calling again last month and asking again and then her walking in the door and saying no scan. Just made me angry.
God Bless my husband, Walt, he got up like a trooper and we left at 6:00 a.m. Got the scan at 7:00 a.m and asked if my doctor would have the results today and she said "yes, there is an 'urgent order' on this scan." "Your doctor will have it today."
Called later and she said that scan was all clear - yippee. Did mention bone loss but that could be due to radiation and also mentioned hardening or arterys where she said that was normal. She did have a concern about the hernias that I'm having surgery on - opps forgot to tell you on November 12 - and she said that the CT scan showed that there is serious damage to the colon in several areas and that the hernia surgery is very necessary. They commented on how this needs to be done soon.
Keep me in your prayers for November 12 for my surgery. It's been told by Dr. Lee that it will be very painful and long recovery (probably 8 months). It's not like a normal hernia surgery.
Thanks and Hugs!