Mable is still my friend…

Stable Mable.  That’s me!  Still stable after 3+ years.  I consider my stability from the time of my liver resection.

Interesting what showed up on my scan.  Subacute fracture of the 8th rib!  Ha… that is why I’ve had right-sided rib pain.  I know when it happened too.  Something “popped” one day while I bent over to move a bucket of water.  Bam!  Hurt like hell for about a week and it’s hurt ever since.  My Oncologist didn’t even tell me about it.  I saw it on the written report while in his office.  I said oh, wow!  Broken rib.  He said that it didn’t have anything to do with my cancer–totally blew it off.  He did ask me if I had fallen or anything.  I told him what happened.  I also have a globular lesion in my butt cheek!  Hahaha.  That one made me laugh.  I’m sure that’s from a Sando shot so I’m not worried about it.  The report say’s possible metastatic disease but I know others who get these on scans and they are from the shots.

They did do ALL my blood work so should get my CgA and Pancreastatin back in a couple of weeks. Everything else is completely normal.

The next day, I had an appointment with my GP for a prescription refill.  I told her about the rib fracture and she was quite concerned because I really didn’t do anything that should have broken my rib.  I guess it’s actually quite rare to break a rib from a non-traumatic injury.  She is worried about my bones.  Osteoporosis.  I am going in for a DEXA scan next week.  It’s super fast and like getting an x-ray from what I read. I’m small boned and don’t take calcium much so ???



Thoughts on Scans

I have my 6 month CT Scan this morning.  I wasn’t really anxious at all about it.  After all, it is what it is. Why get overly worried about the results when I have no control over them.  Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand Scanxiety and where that comes from.  Especially for more aggressive cancers.  That is anxiety and then some!  I HATE waiting for results.  I loved my old insurance’s online portal because they would post my results within a day or two.  They didn’t wait for the doctor to sign off on them or whatever they do now.

I had changed my apt. to have this scan at different location.  I was in the imaging center one Saturday to pick up my cervical MRI and I asked her how their scheduled looked for today. I was scheduled at the hospital where I’ve gotten the last two or three.  This other place is just an imaging center.  It’s small, quiet and everyone is super friendly.  I need to try and get in earlier so I could get to work.  We had a lot going on today.  I did get in earlier and got to work with plenty of time to get ready for my meetings. Whew.

What I was really thinking about-scan wise, is how we try to gleam something from the tech when we’re done.  Are they acting weird? Super friendly?  Different at all?  Make eye contact or avoid it? Did they see something HORRIBLE?   I bet we all do this.

I’ve only had this happen once.  One time, at a different center, the tech came running out after me to see if I could come back because the radiologist saw something in my liver (they were doing a scan of my lungs, looking for pulmonary embolism).  Granted, I was 3 weeks post liver surgery.  I went back in, hopped up on the table and they shot some more pictures.  The tech then asked me if I wanted to see it.  I was like, hell yes!  I did have some large pockets of air and/or gas, or even infection.  It turned out to be nothing but it really did make me worry.

Thinking back, I’ve only had one tech that was not friendly at all.  I believe she was suffering from morning sickness that day.  I know she didn’t want to hook me up for the contrast and another tech came in and did that.  She had the prettiest red hair….