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Friday, July 31, 2009

The Cancer Chronicles 40

Everything Is A-OK!I Gotta Feeling Tonight's Gonna Be A Good Night!
Sorry for the long delay in posts, but life has been rather hectic. It's a lot of work to keep living!

I had to check on mom as soon as I left the hospital. She was fine, but still retaining water. Two weeks had gone by and I heard nothing from my doctor. So, I sent him an email with "Remember me?" He returned with an "All clear!"

The cancer still has not returned and the pain in my back is nothing more than premature arthritis! I never thought I'd be happy to hear I only have premature arthritis! There is still a problem with low red and white blood cell counts, but that seems to be minor at this point. I guess that's why I feel weak and tired all the time. The bill for my two day excursion: a little over $14,000! It's criminal! Sure insurance will pay most of it, but there's still a 30% co-pay!

Meanwhile, mom was put in the hospital for one week to see if they could remove the excess water from her body with heavy diuretics, in an effort to curtail another congestive heart failure episode. She came out in worse shape than she went in, but most of the water gain was diminished.

I told my mother about my MRI ordeal and how stressful it was. She said, "Oh, they're not that bad!"

Preparing for her Open MRI. Look at that smile!
She also had an MRI of her spine, but they used an "open" MRI machine. When I asked my doctor why I had to be subjected to the coffin, I was told that the sarcophagus like machine gives a more detailed image. Personally, I think that's crap!

The doctor reads mom's scans as she rests comfortably in an Open MRI
Next time, I want an OPEN MRI!
Peace B

Words To Live By:

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service to others." -Mahatma Gandhi