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Surgeon's Visit

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

I had my appointment with the thoracic surgeon this afternoon. We went over all the test data and I have a pretty good understanding of what to expect over the next few weeks.

She showed me the PET Scan results. The mass is near the bottom of the upper lobe. It measures 2.3 cm. Surgery is planned for the 23rd, unless we can get all the pre-op stuff done and there is a cancellation for the OR.

The easiest procedure would be a wedge resection just taking out the mass and some of the surrounding tissue. I signed permission for the worst case scenario which would be removal of the entire upper lobe. The wedge resection can be done with 3 tiny incisions. The lobe removal would mean an incision of approximately 7 - 8 inches. Let's see... Which would I prefer... Duhhh!

That's all for now.

  
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CBRINKLEY401 7/5/2014 11:04AM

    So glad they caught it before it spread. I know surgery won't be fun. I'm hoping that the amount of lung they have to remove is minimal and that you recover quickly.
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PURPLEPEONY 7/2/2014 4:01PM

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GODZDESIGN95 7/2/2014 7:03AM

    praying for a safe and fast recovery. God is able. emoticon

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FLEMIDG 7/2/2014 12:14AM

    I am praying that things go well with your surgery.

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STEVEN_D 7/1/2014 10:58PM

    Whatever the outcome, I just pray that you get this out of you.

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Crunch Time

Thursday, June 26, 2014

All the tests are done and the results are in.

I got a call from the doctor a little while ago. She had just seen the results of the breathing function test that was done yesterday and the PET Scan that was done this morning. The PET Scan was done from my chin to my knees and all organs in between. The data suggests the nodule "most probably" cancer but there is no evidence that it has spread anywhere else.

The pulmonary dept is recommending removal of the nodule and resection (?) of the affected part of the lung. I will be talking to the thoracic surgeons on Tuesday to find out when surgery can be performed.

The breathing function test shows mild COPD. That is definitely secondary considering the first news.

I won't lie and say I'm not scared. I'm a basket case right now. But hiding or curling up in the fetal position won't do me or Clyde any good. I keep telling myself, "This too shall pass".

  
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GODZDESIGN95 6/27/2014 8:59AM

    Praying for your strength. May do a super natural healing either thur drs or by his own hand. He does heal. I am a witness. emoticon I am a asthma patient so I know something lungs.

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GODZDESIGN95 6/27/2014 8:59AM

    Praying for your strength. May do a super natural healing either thur drs or by his own hand. He does heal. I am a witness. emoticon I am a asthma patient so I know something lungs.

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CAKAROO 6/27/2014 5:29AM

    may GOD touch and heal you!

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Another Udpate

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I got a call from Dr. Cella at the Pulmonary Clinic at the VA Hospital in Seattle at 8:45 this morning. She is in her Residency (UW Medicine) there and is working under the Pulmonologist doctors.

1. The mass has been growing over the past 19 months. It's in the upper lobe of the right lung.

2. I will be getting calls from the VA hospital in Seattle about scheduling a breathing test and a PET Scan. The PET Scan will tell us more about the nodule.

3. After those 2 tests are done I will be getting a call from the Thoracic surgeons after they review them. We will then discuss if just the nodule or the section of the lung will be removed and when. A partial lung is better than lung cancer right?

Needless to say, Clyde and I are a little (?) frazzled. That was NOT how I wanted to be woke up this morning. I am scared and my first reaction is to curl up in a ball. I know that ABBA Father will strengthen me to be able to cope but it is hard not to keep thinking "worse case scenario". I am praying that we caught it in time and that surgery will take care of it. I guess it is going to be "one day at a time" for a while here. Oh well, I was never too good at long term planning anyway. Now there's a silver lining!

  
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CAKAROO 6/19/2014 5:51AM

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PURPLEPEONY 6/18/2014 4:22PM

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GODZDESIGN95 6/18/2014 4:19PM

    I just found you need a miracle. God preforms them even today. I saw prayer request for you from Godschild2011. Prayers going up. God is more than able to do all things.

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KATELJM 6/18/2014 3:10PM

    One day at a time...

When I received a C diagnosis, I kept looking for a way to frame the news that showed hope. My doctors said I was delusional. I replied, "Whatever I can do to improve my odds, I will do. If you tell me to show up some place, I will show up. But for right now, I'm going to tell myself whatever to make it through the day. Whatever is, is."

You are in my prayers.

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WIFE48 6/18/2014 2:22PM

    emoticon Prayers sent your way.

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GODSCHILD2_2011 6/18/2014 1:06PM

    You're in my prayers...Yes, Abba father will see you through this.


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UMBILICAL 6/18/2014 1:00PM

  One day at a time is good

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Speed Bump Update

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I had my appointment with the pulmonologist today. He said that the symptoms of my chest heaviness and shortness of breath are common with COPD. He is requesting lung/breathing tests to access that. He put a urgent on the request.

He is also ordering a PET Scan as the next step to compare with the CT Scans for the mass in my lung. He put urgent on that one too. They don't want to use the "c" word yet. I have a followup appointment with him on 7/29 unless the tests show that something needs to be done sooner.

When we were discussing the options, he said that if it looks like a biopsy is warranted, he will just take the whole mass out and then do the biopsy on it. That way I would only have to undergo 1 surgery. He also said that the best thing for me was to stay as calm and positive as I can.

That's it for now. I will post updates as I have them. I want to thank everyone for their prayers and words of comfort.

  
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CBRINKLEY401 6/18/2014 9:17AM

    Good wishes are sent your way. Glad it's being taken care of.
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    I hope all goes well


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Another Speed Bump

Saturday, June 14, 2014

On Monday night my hubby took me in to the ER because of chest pain and shortness of breath. This has happened in the past but with my aneurysm we went to be on the safe side...

They did a CT Scan of my chest and compared it to ones done on 9/3/12 and 3/26/13. In 9/12 there was a small soft tissue mass in my right lung that measured 6 mm. It was 13 mm on Monday. The ER doctor who saw me just happened to be the same one who saw me in 2012 and 2013. Talk about God's providence. He stressed that a pulmonary followup was STRONGLY recommended. He also called me Tuesday afternoon to check up on me.

My primary doctor didn't followup with the previous recommendations from the ER doctors. When I talked to her on Tuesday she was surprised with the CT results - all 3 of them. Even though I let the clinic know about each ER visit the records weren't requested. Needless to say I am a little (a whole lot) miffed with my primary care and reported the incident to the Patient Advocate.

I now have an appointment with a pulmonary specialist on Tuesday in Seattle. I am going to request a followup with an oncologist for a biopsy through them. Hopefully I don't have to go through the Patient Advocate again.

I will NOT let this get me down.

  
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LUANN7 6/15/2014 6:06PM

    PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU!!!

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FLEMIDG 6/15/2014 12:18AM

    I am praying for you. Hope everything turns out well for you.

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WIFE48 6/14/2014 1:51PM

    emoticon Wishing you the best. Good for you for reporting this incident.

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NEPTUNE1939 6/14/2014 1:08PM

    God bless your progress! emoticon

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