Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Well we are off!

We are heading to the Florida Keys tommorow! After some freaking out last weekend, Ivan turned north and avoided the keys. WOO HOO!! We leave tommorow morning and will be back fairly late Tuesday night. YAY!!!

Wednesday morning after we get back, I have blood work for chemo #7. BOO!!!! Long story there, but the quick version is I'm having at least 4 cycles, so I have at least 2 more chemos. BOO!!!!!! I had a PET scan yesterday and a CT scan today, and based on those results I'll meet with both my medical oncologist and radiology oncologist to plan the rest of treatment.

The PET scan went fine, although I don't have the results yet. Its a boring process where you have to sit still and can't read or talk for 45 minutes while the radioactive stuff metabolizes. Then you lay on a bed and get run through a tube for about 15 minutes, again, not moving. I have a head/chest cold right now, so I had to ignore the tickling in my throat to not cough, else they would have had to start over. But I survived.

The CT scan today was more annoying. I dislike CT scans. Luckily, this time I didn't have to drink any barium b/c they weren't doing my abdomen. That stuff is enough to make you ill. But I did have to have the contrast injection. That stuff sucks! It makes you nausous. Luckily, no puking for me, but for a moment it felt like it was close. I'm still a bit queasy from it. They have another contrast solution that doesn't cause such a bad reaction in people, but it costs $30 more, so they don't give it unless you have had a "bad reaction." Apparently, feeling like you are going to puke isn't a "bad reaction." It amazes me that stupid insurance companies won't pay an extra $30 for a $1500 test to make people more comfy. I think I might lie next time and claim I yacked everywhere just to get the better stuff.

Well thats my update for now. See ya on the flip side!

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

HURRICANE WARNING: SOUTH FLORIDA AND THE KEYS. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT HURRICANE HOPE IS EXPECTED TO MAKE LANDFALL SOMEWHERE AROUND ORLANDO AND PROCEED SOUTH SOUTH EAST TO THE KEYS, PASSING THROUGH KEY LARGO AND EVENTUALLY MAKING ITS WAY TO KEY WEST BEFORE TURNING INTO A TROPICAL DEPRESSION AND RETURNING TO THE DC AREA. "HIGH WINDS" ARE EXPECTED. STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS. Have a great time! See Ya! hicup

6:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Hickup guy is correct. Lot of wind predicted.
Head

7:28 AM  
Blogger Naturegrrl said...

*laughs*

7:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Hope - this is Amy .... Traylor ..... send me an email when you get home: ameslou@comcast.net

Have a great time enjoying the sun and water ....

10:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, it's Saturday afternoon and I just wanted to say I really hope you are having a wonderful time, relaxing, kicking back and enjoying your mini-vacation. Take care. Sue (MacPhoe)

3:28 PM  

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