Tuesday, October 15, 2013
I told my oncologist about my neck pain, even though it's been a little better the past few days. I did not chicken out and tell myself that "if it's getting better, it's probably nothing" just to avoid having tests done, because I knew, after my complaining and worrying about it, that my Spark friends would want to know what he said about it, so I thank you all because you kept me accountable; I knew I had to follow through and tell him what was going on and get it looked in to.
As I expected, he ordered a bone scan, and depending on what shows up on the bone scan, he might order an MRI too. My scan will be on Monday, and I am hoping the hospital will have the results ready Tuesday morning so that I can pick up the report before I have my next chemo. When I've had bone scans done before, they have almost always been looked at by the radiologist that same day, so chances are good that I can get the results the next day. As much as I dreaded having to get another bone scan, (not because of the actual scan, it's finding out the results that I get anxious about), I'm glad to be having it done fairly quickly; hopefully by this time next week, I will know something.
I had my lab work done as usual before they started my chemo today. I was surprised to find out my hemoglobin was down to 8.8. I had last week off from chemo, and usually my hemoglobin goes up in that time, not down, but at least I know why I have felt so exhausted for almost the last 2 weeks. I am normally either reading or watching TV until 11pm most nights, but lately, I've been falling asleep anywhere between 9-10pm. I haven't had much energy for about the last week and a half, but I thought that was mainly because of the pain in my neck making me miserable and the stress from worrying about what was causing it. I am getting a blood transfusion tomorrow, so hopefully by Thursday that will give me a boost of energy.
The day wasn't all bad news though. I had a very special visitor when I was getting my chemo today; a therapy dog named Buddy, and his "mom" Mary. It was my first time meeting both of them. Mary said Buddy is a Golden Doodle, part golden lab and part poodle. He was adorable! His coat looked like it would be coarse but was actually soft, and he had big brown eyes. He reminded me of a big teddy bear! He was so friendly, yet gentle. Mary said she is going to try to bring him every week, so I will try to remember to bring my camera to chemo with me so I can get a picture with Buddy.
When I got home, I found out I won another book from TheReadingRoom.com; I signed up for an advanced readers copy of The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom. I really, really wanted it, but I didn't have high hopes of getting picked, so it was a wonderful surprise to come home and find it at my door this afternoon.