I've Had Better Days

Yesterday could have gone better...

Got to the hospital around 8 and was wheeled in around 9. It's weird to think that because I had conscious sedation I was technically awake but just wouldn't remember anything. And that's true, it was like I had a nap I didn't remember taking. Weird. They took 3 biopsies from my stomach, which the doctor doesn't seem to be too worried about, but with the amount of cancer that runs in my family, I'm not blowing this off as easily as he is. I was discharged around 11 and came home to sleep off the anesthesia. Around 4 I started running a fever (100.2), but they said only call if it gets above 101. I felt crappy but the highest it got was 100.7. I ended up skipping my session last night with A to stay home and rest. I'm still a little tired this morning, but I am feeling much better.

My best friend took me yesterday because my mom needed to take my grandma to her post-radiation treatments appointment with her oncologist to find out if it worked, what the next step is, prognosis, etc. Bad news. The radiation did not work as well as they were hoping, which means that trying another round will not be successful. Apparently the first round of radiation is the largest concentration they can give you and if it doesn't work, lower doses won't do a thing. Not only that, in addition to being in her liver and brain, the cancer has now spread to her lymph nodes, stomach and spleen. She wants to try chemotherapy to slow down the progression of this cancer, so she will start that sometime next week. My mom pulled the doctor aside while my grandma went to have some blood drawn and asked him for a time frame. Best case scenario, if the chemotherapy helps, is about 6 months. Obviously if she doesn't respond to the chemo or if it makes her too sick and she stops, it will be much less.

I freaking hate cancer.


Harriet said...
July 28, 2010 at 12:41 PM

I'm glad your procedure wasn't too bad, but I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother. I hate cancer too. I'll be sending positive thoughts your way.

Were the doctors able to determine what is causing your pain?

Grace said...
July 28, 2010 at 3:41 PM

I'm sorry that you had to go back into surgery! And I'm so sorry about your grandma too.
sending you gentle hugs...

Just Be Real said...
July 28, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Dear one I am glad the procedure is over with. Praying for a complete healing for you dear one. No cancer! ((((Lily))))

Paula said...
July 29, 2010 at 3:44 AM

Glad that you are home and that the fever grew less agin. I can relate to your fears about having cancer.
I am truly sorry about your Grandma. WIsh I could hod you hand and offer my shoulder. Love to you, Paula