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Oncologist appointment, and a visit from Buddy

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; 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.

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    I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers! emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 10/18/2013 7:26:58 PM
    Aren't animals the best when it comes to giving unconditional love and cheering up?!
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    1585 days ago
    emoticon Sending you lots of positive thoughts on your upcoming tests.
    I love winning new books. I receive several a month from release parties on Facebook for authors new books. I have done a couple of Auctions for worthy causes where I have received awesome things for small donations. I also receive e books in exchange for honest reviews. I also am a Beta reader for an Indie author. Enjoy your new book! emoticon
    1585 days ago
    I hope everything goes well for you and that you
    get some relief from the neck pain. emoticon
    1586 days ago
    I send you good thoughts to get you through the scan (I know they're hard on you), and to get you through waiting on the results. I hope the transfusion and meeting Buddy will help give you some energy and joy.
    1586 days ago
    Let us know what happens with the tests. I don't know how you stay so positive, but you do. Looking forward to seeing pic of Buddy,. It's great when you get a book you want to read. I might visit library today and see what they have. I pray for you everyday. God bless.
    1586 days ago
    Hi Shari,
    You were brave to follow through mentioning the neck pain to your oncologist. I am praying that there is nothing to be concerned about with the scan...and also that the transfusion helps you feel better soon. I am glad you got to meet Buddy, which would have been a great lift to your spirits - he sounds adorable. Congratulations on winning the book prize, too. I know you love your reading, so enjoy your new book!
    Thanks for commenting on my blog, and I am sending big hugs your way.

    1586 days ago
  • SLACHETKA103145
    I will have my Sodium levels today! I am in my 2 week vacation and and then back into 5 rounds of chemo! My hemoglobin is down to 10 again but I HAVE HAD NO WEAKNESS SINCE LAST Wednesday! First time since March! CT scan the following week!

    Keep us posted as much as you can! You are close to transfusions, yes? Below 8 is where I get them.

    I am glad that you caught up with Buddy! Animals just seem to really help!

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    1586 days ago
  • WILDKAT781
    keep us posted my friend!!!
    1586 days ago
    I am so glad you're getting it over with. When I am scared about tests, I do the same thing. Praying for you always, Shari. emoticon I hope things go well Thursday.

    I am so glad you got to see Buddy! I hope you can get his photo. I saw on TV all the training those pets go through and not all of them pass the test so Buddy is special. Enjoy your evening, my friend. emoticon
    1587 days ago
    I am so glad you are getting your neck pain looked into.
    It sounds like to was fun meeting Buddy.

    Hope you are feeling better soon!
    1587 days ago
  • JANEDOE12345
    Wonderful that there is a therapy dog! It brings back good memories - I had a yellow lab that my neighbor (a nurse) used to take to her rehab center every Wednesday. The dog was so gentle and sweet-natured and brought comfort to many patients. I really hope you get a picture of Buddy for us. Anything that distracts you during your chemo must be welcome.

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    1587 days ago
    Hi Shari,
    enjoy your book. Yeah! I'm glad you won it.
    I'm so happy you got to meet with Buddy. That is wonderful to read in your blog.
    Prayers for you tomorrow while you have your transfusion.
    Sending you my Spark (Hugs).
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    1587 days ago
    I'm glad you were able to get the bone scan scheduled so quickly. I'm also glad you felt like we kept you accountable. I have a similar issue where I have to tell the oncologist tomorrow that I have had what feels like swollen glands in my neck for weeks. I don't want to sound like a hypocondriac, but I also don't think I should be keeping silent about it. I figure, I'll just tell her and then she can decide what to do.

    It's good to know about your red blood cell count too. I'm kind of wondering how mine will be tomorrow. All my bloodwork has been normal the last three weeks which amazes me, but I noticed I've been getting tired much easier this week.

    They have dogs that come visit at our infusion place too. It kind of surprised me because it seems like it wouldn't be good for people with low WBC counts. Maybe, they are told not to go visit those patients. I don't know.

    Anyway, I'm just glad for you that you won't have to wait much longer to find out what's going on with your neck.
    1587 days ago
    It was good that you told the doctor about your neck pain, even if you knew it might mean more tests. It's good that your doctors know everything so they can plan the appropriate meds., etc. that you need.
    It must be very frustrating, and I don't know if I could ever be as positive as you are. Hopefully, the blood transfusion will bring back your energy.

    Glad to hear about the positive part of your day on winning the book you really wanted. Congrats !! Good things come to good people.

    emoticon and prayers to you for positive results to all your tests.

    1587 days ago
    Good for you being so brave to tell your doctor about your pain. I will be praying for a good scan and some peace for you while you wait. The golden doodle sounds so sweet. Hopefully, you'll see Buddy again soon! Make sure you get a picture!!! You won another book? Yay!! good for you!
    1587 days ago
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