Tuesday, September 07, 2010


I have been progressively feeling better, though still very tired. I no longer feel like I have the bends, and am sleeping well.

Today I had the CT scan, which is a quick and painless scan. The entire thing took less than 5 minutes, and the worst part about it were the clock-watcher techs and nurses at Mother Theresa Institute, more interested in getting maximum patient throughput than anything else. Rawhide-style medicine, I thought at the time: "Keep movin', movin', movin' / Though they're disapprovin' / Keep them doggies movin' Rawhide! / Don't try to understand 'em / Just rope and throw and grab 'em..."

The results will have to wait until next Monday when I meet with my oncologist, Dr. Grampa. This is the scan that will determine whether I have to do more chemo, or Herbert the tumor has shrunk enough that we can do surgery.

Speaking of surgery, I am on Dr. Hunter's schedule at Mayo. If all goes as expected with the CT, I'll be down at Mayo in early October. It's a little scary to have a date set for the surgery. It has a seemed a little theoretical up until this point...


Anonymous said...

Glad you're feeling better. And here's hoping for good news on Monday.


Deborah in MN said...

I'll second that. Too bad they didn't give you a little more TLC. Wish I could have been there.

Anonymous said...

When you are ready for Mayo I will bring your mom down to visit, if she wants, and when you come home I will give you whatever help you need. I am squeezing my thumbs, in a German good=luck manner. R

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