Living my life story.
January 22, 2013
”How are you doing?” The text from my friend Paula reads; like others she wants to know the results of my CT scan or just be updated. She caught me in the patient waiting area anxiously waiting to be called for a guided ultrasound to drain the ‘large’ volume of fluid in my abdomen.
“Living my life story.” I replied back to her.
It was a cryptic reply to an already stressful day. I had my CT scan yesterday after having it postponed last week. This morning my oncologist called–in the middle of a conference call–to give me the news; the good news is the metastatic pulmonary nodules in both my lungs have shrunk and there are no new lesions; the not so good news is the build up of fluids in my pelvis and abdomen. This is giving him concern and would like an immediate paracentesis procedure done to drain the fluids in my abdomen and have it examined for any cancer activity.
That seems to be my life story: Endless medications, procedures, blood test, treatments, side-effects, etc. After a hectic morning, I managed to squeeze in my blood test done in preparation for paracentesis in the afternoon, while trying to manage my workload. I am dazed as I go in and out of the hospital the whole day. The good news from my lungs did not even sink in because of new challenges always pooping my way. I am tired.
The paracentesis procedure was less painful than what I expected. They puncture a hole in abdomen using local anesthetic, a needle is inserted, and a large syringe removed fluid sample to be taken to pathology for malignancy test. Then the rest of the fluids were drained; all 1700cc of it or almost two liters, could you imagine that? Some how a two liter bottle of Mountain Dew will not look the same to me.
What next? We wait for the pathological results and see if there is need to change my treatment plan. In the meantime, I trying to gain weight having loss so much from diarrhea and vomits, and continue to make the best of things. Let me now pause and fully appreciate the news; that there are no new nodules and the existing ones have shrunk. That was worth every diarrhea, vomit, and hardship.
Tomorrow is a new day.
P.S. I have temporarily given up a vegetarian way of life short of eating red meat.