This was take last Sunday at a concert in the park!
I woke up early as usual this morning and Patty tossed and turned in bed from about 5:00 a.m. until she gave up trying to sleep around 7:00 a.m. You could just feel that ol elephant in the room with us. She got her coffee and read the paper in bed. You could literally hear the clock ticking every minute away in anticipation of her appointment at 9:45. Those minutes just dragged. Patty was pretty quiet all morning which is totally unusual behavior for her!
We left the house around 9:00 a.m… me, Patty and the elephant. Pretty quiet drive to the doctors office. They took Patty in on time and she was out within minutes. Next trek was upstairs to the doctors office to hear the results of the chest x-ray. Again… very quiet after the nurse took Patty’s vitals. There wasn’t much room in the examining room as the elephant took up most of the space! You know me, I tried to break the silence with a little humor, but Patty wanted no part of it. The agonizing thing was that her chest x-ray was right in front of us on the monitor! Patty did all she could to not look at it. Even if she did, she’d never make any sense of it. The minutes ticked away… tick, tick, tick, waiting for the doctor. I told Patty it was great that we didn’t have to wait a week for the results but it seemed like we were living in a prolonged drum roll!
The doctor came in shortly after 10:00 a.m. He is the nicest man I’ve ever met. Amazing bed-side manner. He somewhat reminds me of Mr. Rogers in a white smock. He small talked with Patty for a few minutes then did a quick exam. He then looked up at the monitor, zoomed in to take a look at details in the x-ray. He looked at Patty and said: “Young lady… this looks wonderful! I don’t see anything we need to be concerned with. Your x-ray looks perfect!” Ahhhh,… great news! Patty shed a few tears of joy. The doctor said we’ll repeat this in six months but until then, she has nothing to worry about!
Patty was much more animated on the drive home! The “elephant in the room” stayed behind!
It’s looking like we’re going to have a great weekend!
Patty had another doctors appointment yesterday. This appointment was for her Oncologist to review the results of the CT Scan from last month… review the results of her mammogram from last week and go over her blood work from yesterday. The results of these three tests were HUGE in the big picture of Patty’s recovery.
Patty was a little on edge in anticipation of the test results. All we’ve been praying for is good news. We (or at least I) were somewhat confident that the appointment would be on a positive note, but one never knows as there have been some setbacks over the months.
I went in to work this morning with plans of taking off at noon to take her to the 2:35 p.m. appointment. I left work shortly before noon, pulling onto our street around 12:40. As I drove down the street I saw Patty walking our dog Molly. I looked at her and thought: “Man, she really looks good! You’d never know what she’s been through the past 10 months!” She had a spring in her step and that big smile on her face!
We left for the doctor’s office a little before two o’clock. I could feel that darned elephant in the room had joined us for the drive. By the time we found a place to park and walk up to the office, we were right on time. They called us in right away. As usual, the nurse weighed Patty before taking us to the examining room and I think we were both shocked that she hadn’t gained a pound! I don’t understand how she could not have gained a pound with all the food she’s been packing away. Go figure!
Our oncologist came in shortly thereafter. Poor thing had some kind of virus so she didn’t get too close to Patty. But… she couldn’t have been happier with Patty’s progress! She said the mammogram of her right breast looked great! As we already knew, the results of the CT Scan were perfect! Most important for this appointment… the tumor markers were normal!!! Tumor markers are a screening that’s done either through blood or through a urine sample. Tumor markers are substances produced by tumor cells or by other cells of the body in response to cancer. Normal markers mean no cancer cells!!! Bottom line… Patty is now officially cancer free!!!
This is such huge news for Patty!!! The oncologist said she doesn’t need to see Patty for another three months. At that time, she won’t have to do any blood work or anything prior to the appointment. The doctor just wants to see her and she where she’s at. Awesome! The next test Patty has is not until June when the pulmonary specialist wants to do a chest x-ray. This means Patty can just focus on her recovery for the next four months and not work about anything else!
On our drive home yesterday, Patty said: “I feel different! I officially feel like a cancer survivor!!”
Guess what… that darned elephant moved out and rented a place down the street. We know he’ll pop in for unexpected visits in the future, but for now it’s a great feeling to see him take residency somewhere else!!!
Patty and Avery were both pretty happy after today’s doctors appointment!
You can tell by the title of this post (and also from this picture) today’s appointment was good!
Patty woke up this morning frightened to learn the results of Tuesday’s CAT Scan. She wears her emotions on her face and it was pretty obvious how she was feeling. Thank God Patty now watches Avery during the day as that precious granddaughter of ours keeps Patty’s mind from spinning! Still, her 11:00 appointment couldn’t come soon enough!
I took today off to support Patty with whatever the scan results revealed. Even though I was pretty confident that the results would come back good, I woke up this morning a little scared thinking “what if I was wrong!” I took Molly for a long walk this morning and thought things out as well as had a comforting discussion with God. By the time I got home I felt confident that I could deal with and support Patty with whatever the results revealed.
We packed Avery up and were on our way for the appointment around 10:15, arriving at the doctor’s office a little before 11:00. We had about a 15 minute wait before being called back. We learned that Avery is a magnet for nearly anyone within eye shot of her as she had the entire waiting room hovering around us saying what a cute and happy baby she is! Of course, Avery smiled and flirted with everyone!
The moment of truth finally came! We walked back to the exam room and were met by the Pulmonary Specialist within minutes. He is the nicest man! His presence makes you feel comfortable the moment he walks in the room! We chatted for a few minutes, he looked at the scan and said: “Well Patricia. My radiologist is very comfortable with the results. He doesn’t see anything. I don’t see anything. Everything looks clear!!!” Praise God!
Today was just huge in the big picture of our journey! The clear CAT Scan means we’re now done with the treatment phase! Looking forward, Patty will see her oncologist every three months for the next year. She’ll see the pulmonary specialist in six months and at that time all he’ll want to do is a chest x-ray as opposed to another CAT Scan. If things are still looking good she won’t need another scan or chest x-ray for another year!
Thanks again for all your support and prayers! We’re firm believers in the power of prayer. We’re even more confident that God has been with us this entire journey!
Patty said she wants to toast today with some champagne! We’ll see if her taster is up for it!