Monday December 6 and
Tuesday December 7 have Come and Gone.
These were two important dates for us.
Monday was MRI day at the Janeway,and Tuesday we would meet with Dr. Saytha to review the results.
I am getting well used to MRI's now.
I have had two scans at the Janeway,and one at the Health Science Center,and in all cases the staff have been really friendly and helpful.
Monday was a good day - a pleasant drive from Gander with my darling Karen. I was even admitted early. The rest of the day was for our Grandkids!
I can't say we were worried about the results,but both of us were a bit restless through the night.
On Tuesday we went to the Cancer Clinic to meet with our doctor and ENT specialist.
On arrival we followed our normal routine: Find a parking spot,put lots of money in the meter,head inside,register,then wait for two hours to see the doctor.
We joked about the waiting time with some other folks sitting by us.
Behind the reception desk we caught a glimpse of our doctor. It looked like he was reviewing something. When Dr. Smith joined him, I said to Karen: "Looks like everyone is on deck today."
Dr. Saytha glanced our way,then headed off down the hallway.
I was surprised when we were called reatively early. The nurse that greeted us was really friendly,asking simple questions and putting her arm around my shoulder.
In the exam room Dr. Saytha greeted us. He is a warm and caring fellow,who has proven to be very careful and thorough with his diagnosis and treatment. He seemed to be ill at ease,first asking how I have been feeeling,then telling me that he needed to take a good look,because my MRI had shown something serious. He said that he was going to ask Dr. Burrage to come in and have a look.
We certainly weren't expecting this!
Karen and I exchanged glances,as both our hearts began to sink.
Things happened very quickly.
In came Dr. Burrage
In came another ENT Surgeon (a new one to me)
In came two med Students
The nurse was there too,and our doctor. Within a few moments Dr. Smith joined us as well.
(I could write a song about this gathering)
Without a lot of discussion each of the doctors probed my mouth and throat with fingers and huge Popsicle sticks,all the time talking to each other and using all the Greek and Latin words that doctors love to share when they get together.
Things are really just starting to sink in when Karen calls "Hold on!" "Tell us what is really going on..."
So they do.
Apparently, they were gathering to tell me that the news wasn't good and that I needed immediate surgery because the treatments did not do the job.
They all agreed that what they were feeling inside my throat was soft,pliable tissue. Not at all like a tumour. Tumours tend to be hard,and rubbery.
That meant they were not sure what was going on.
They said so. It may be soft tissue - maybe dead tissue left over from the war we had just waged.
MIGHT or MIGHT NOT be a tumour.
It seemed logical to all hands to wait a little longer to see if the mass will change.
The final decision : I will return to St. John's in two weeks,and if the surgeon is not happy with what he sees,he will do a biopsy so we can discover if cancer still abides in me.
Are we okay?
Well,.....at first surprised,worried upset. As time passed we put things in perspective.
What happened is really good news. The doctors are still looking for what is going on...not telling me that surgery is my next option.
I live in hope,and pray that you do too!