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Saturday, May 23, 2015
I was hoping that my CT scan results would be posted before the day was over yesterday, but that did not happen. Sometimes, the scan results are posted the same day if the scan is done in the morning, but more often than not, it takes about 24 hours, and now that it's the weekend, and a holiday weekend at that, I probably won't find out anything now til Tuesday. If they aren't posted by then, I have to go in for lab work that day, so while I am there, I will just get the report from the medical records office.
I'm going to try not to dwell on the possible results over the weekend; after all, worrying about it will not change the outcome. It is what it is. No point in letting it spoil the weekend. That is one bad part though about getting tests done on Fridays or just before holidays, a longer wait time for results. But I also have to remember I was fortunate to get my scans done so soon after my doctor ordered them, I only had a 2 day wait between the time I was told I had to have them and then getting them done.
I did ok with getting through the scans; I told the tech that the last 2 times, I threw up immediately after the dye injection, so she used a smaller amount of the dye and pushed it in slower. I still thought I was going to sick, but it actually ended up just being dry heaves. By the time I left the hospital, I was feeling ok, just very tired from having to get up so early. I took a long nap shortly after getting home and felt much better after that.
Today I am feeling achy all over; I think a lot of that is from the Halotestin injection I had on Monday; it's a normal side effect but thankfully a temporary one. That is another good thing about being able to get the shot every 28 days instead of every other week; I won't have the bone pain from it as often.
One of my Spark friends asked me if I was having any symptoms from the cancer being in my liver and lungs. Right now, the cancer in those areas is not causing any symptoms; it's just kind of "there", and the scans before this last set on Friday showed that the mets there were still very small; not large enough yet to affect the function of those organs. I haven't had any kind of shortness of breath except for when my hemoglobin is very low, and so far, my lab work is not indicating any problems with the liver function.
It's the cancer in my bones causing the most symptoms; even in the areas where the cancer is stable, I still have pain in those areas, especially the left hip. The level of pain varies from day to day, and like arthritis, it seems to affected by weather also.
The problems with the bone marrow cause fatigue, especially when my hemoglobin starts dropping. Even when my hemoglobin is at a good level, I still get tired out easily, so I suspect that the cancer itself is causing some of the fatigue. Even though I'm just under palliative care, I believe that the body is just naturally inclined to fight against the cancer, and that takes energy, so I think that is another reason why I feel so tired all of the time. I know that even though my hemoglobin is withing the normal range right now, I'm just not bouncing back energy-wise as much as I used to after the blood transfusions.