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A new world’s record for doctor’s visits in a week.

June 7, 2010

Or at least it feels like a world’s record to me. I’m starting radiation on my spine today to get rid of that one spot. That will be daily for eleven days, so five doctor visits this week for that. I’m also seeing the radiation oncologist separately and seeing the following additional doctors: medical oncologist, thoracic surgeon, and naturopath. I might also go see the dermatologist this week, but maybe I’ll put that off. Anyway, if I count that right, that makes a minimum of NINE doctors this week. I’m going to try to push them all to the afternoons so I have my mornings free.

I will be synthesizing all the information from these various people on Thursday afternoon with the medical oncologist. He’ll have the latest from the cancer doctor conference by then and we’ll plan next steps.

Other than that, I’m feeling fairly good but I’m still tiring easily. After only three weeks out from chemo, that’s not too bad.

Pray for wisdom for next steps.

And, finally, so I can keep beating my dead horse, consider the following if you plan to make donations for cancer research: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/190508.php. This is quite a bit of the reason why we’re making up my treatment plan as we go. Nobody has the money to study people like me. We’re more-or-less written off in the research world as already dead, so why bother?

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  1. Bemused Boomer permalink
    June 7, 2010 12:39 pm

    Does it make you feel like the Who in Dr. Suess? All those little people shouting, “We’re here, we’re here, we’re here!” I often feel that way when dealing with the medical community–I can’t even imagine how you must feel if they’ve already written you off. (They should take a look at this blog; they’d see it’s written by someone who is full of life, and how dare they discount that?)

    You continue to amaze, and I have faith that you will come through all of this OK.

    Blessings,
    Bemused Boomer

  2. June 7, 2010 1:40 pm

    We need to find that tiny little Who from Whoville who shouts “YOPP” and breaks through to the outside world so all the Whos can be heard and saved.

    • June 7, 2010 7:05 pm

      I think that that “YOPP” is a great illustration of how prayer works.

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  3. June 7, 2010 11:56 pm

    Hope you continue feeling Ok and that your energy picks up.

  4. June 8, 2010 5:48 am

    Oh lordy, NINE appointments?! I think you should yell YAHTZEE really loudly as you leave the last appointment.

  5. June 8, 2010 9:44 am

    Remember Monty Python and the Holy Grail? You’re not dead yet!

    Scene 2

    MORTICIAN:Bring out your dead!
    Bring out your dead!
    [clang] Bring out your dead!
    [clang] Bring out your dead!
    [clang] Bring out your dead!
    [clang] Bring out your dead!

    CUSTOMER: Here’s one — nine pence.

    DEAD PERSON: I’m not dead!

    MORTICIAN: What?

    CUSTOMER: Nothing — here’s your nine pence.

    DEAD PERSON: I’m not dead!

    MORTICIAN: Here — he says he’s not dead!

    CUSTOMER: Yes, he is.

    DEAD PERSON: I’m not!

    MORTICIAN: He isn’t.

    CUSTOMER: Well, he will be soon, he’s very ill.

    DEAD PERSON: I’m getting better!

    CUSTOMER: No, you’re not — you’ll be stone dead in a moment.

    MORTICIAN: Oh, I can’t take him like that — it’s against regulations.

    DEAD PERSON: I don’t want to go in the cart!

    CUSTOMER: Oh, don’t be such a baby.

    MORTICIAN: I can’t take him…

    DEAD PERSON: I feel fine!

    CUSTOMER: Oh, do us a favor…

    MORTICIAN: I can’t.

    CUSTOMER: Well, can you hang around a couple of minutes? He won’t be long.

    MORTICIAN: Naaah, I got to go on to Robinson’s — they’ve lost nine today.

    CUSTOMER: Well, when is your next round?

    MORTICIAN: Thursday.

    DEAD PERSON: I think I’ll go for a walk.

    CUSTOMER: You’re not fooling anyone y’know. Look, isn’t there something you can do?

    DEAD PERSON: I feel happy… I feel happy. [whop] {for those who don’t know the scene, the mortician knocks the “dead person” over the head, thus the [whop]}

    CUSTOMER: Ah, thanks very much.

    MORTICIAN: Not at all. See you on Thursday.

    CUSTOMER: Right. [clop clop] {[clop clop] is two half coconut shells clapped together to make the sound of horse’s hooves}

  6. E Lis permalink
    June 9, 2010 4:10 pm

    As much as I wish there was an answer there is not. Between P and my Dad’s medical needs and my own -which I almost never talk about — it is just. I am taking a class this summer on ‘adjustment’ on disabilty issues. How should we all adjust? Can we?

    Much love, prayers, blessings and white light… for you and yours — Lisa

  7. mom permalink
    June 10, 2010 9:06 pm

    And much love and hugs from this person too. Healing hands on you forever and the prayers to go with it. I am waiting for the light to go off in my head and yours that tells us my prayers have been answered. Mom

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