Friday, September 26, 2008

Finally I received my results from the CT Scan...

Well when it rains it pours as they say. I was on hold for awhile waiting to hear back from my oncologist and finally did yesterday. The results weren't too scary but there is a concern...we'll see how much soon enough. My kidneys, pancreas and liver all looked to be in fine working order given that I only had a non-contrast exam. Good thing, no kidney stones or cancer seen on those organs, not that I thought that there would be. One thing that they did notice was an unusual thickening of the mural walls of my Sigmoid Colon and a narrowing of the tube. Now I have to go to a gastroenterologist to have more tests done to see what is going on. I have been in excrutiating pain for the last month or so so I am glad to finally get this figured out.

When I called the doctor, I was told that he had a waiting list dragging me back to December for an appointment! There is no way I can have this unresolved in my head until then so they said if I could have my doctor call in then they could possibly move me up some on the waiting list. My doctor called them and I should have a new date and time by early next week. We'll see how far up they were able to move my appointment date.

Last night I was in so much pain that I drank a bottle of the dreaded Magnesium Citrate. Oh what a wonderful night I had. I was still on the toilet at 4:30 this morning and when I woke up I had to visit the royal throne a few more times. As I was lying in bed goofing on on the "Planet Cancer" website I thought about how often doctors seem to want to poke around in my ass. I swear, there must be freakin' gold up there because every damn one of them wants to go exploring in there. I think I will put a "No Spelunking" sign up next time I visit one. Well that's it for tonight.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Waiting on the Results...

Well I'm back again on the old blog waiting on my results. I honestly thought I would have heard back from my Oncologist by now but haven't. I'll give his office a call tomorrow to see what's going on. I'm going to go with the old: "I haven't heard anything so it can't be too bad" attitude! I have still been having the pain in my stomach and back so I want to have the results back sooner rather than later. Give that I had only a slight rise in my PSA level since the last one post-surgery, I highly doubt it is my Cancer rearing its evil head again. I hope it is nothing more than just a kidney stone. We'll see.

Friday, September 19, 2008

It's Been Awhile...but I'm Back...

Well I guess I should try to catch up on what all has happened since my last time on here. I've had my 3 month post-surgery PSA test and it went up from 0.00 to 0.01. That is still within the acceptable/negligible range so I'm okay even though I don't like that it went up at all. I will be a bit more diligent about my tests and may consider every 2 months even though it is only recommended every 3 months. We'll see how that pans out.

About a month ago, I had a little blood in my urine and I may have passed a kidney stone so now I am watching to see what happens with that. Today I went in for a CT scan and let me tell you, I hated being back in the hospital again for tests. Drinking barium is the worst...well maybe not the worst because shortly after drinking the barium they shoved this tube up my ass and filled my rectum with fluid. Who knows what that was for but I can tell you that I had diarrhea the rest of the day and was wiped out from the whole process. They kept asking me if I knew what they were testing me for and I said I wasn't sure. I asked them and they would just ask me the same thing back. I felt like I was in an Abbott and Costello skit. Oh well...we'll see next week what they find or don't find.

When I was last on here, I was complaining about still having to wear pads because of the incontinence issues that I was dealing with. I can proudly say that those pads are now a thing of the past! Yes, I'm pad free!!! Woohooo!!! I'm thrilled to not be diaper-man anymore. Granted Diaper-man was an awesome superhero on a great cartoon I watched growing up but he wasn't the one that I aspired to be later in life. So that's about it for now. I'll try to be back on here more often. I won't try, I will be back on here more often.