Today I reviewed the results of MUGA, CT and bone scan with my oncologist. She said they all looked great. 73% ejection fraction for my heart, meaning it is working well. CT and bone scan showed nothing! Love it!!
Before I got all the great news today I started with and EKG. Now, I don't know how to read these things but they gave me a copy to bring to the doctor. It looked like she had printed a sample. I was pleased, especially because as the tech asked me to relax they decided to test the fire alarm system in that clinic. Very relaxing with buzzers and flashing lights. But, the end result is was as it should be. Normal EKG.
This morning the research assistant gave me a heads up that the 2 year study kit involved 7 tubes of blood. I decided to drink and extra liter of water, thanks to that heads up. Then my oncologist needed 2 tubes and I still had 3 tubes to go to my PCP for tests from my physical. So that brought the grand total of tubes of blood needed to 12. And then some urine. Well, I am happy to report my veins cooperated and one stick and she got all 12 tubes filled. We chatted for a while as my blood trickled into all of them. I think I need a hamburger after those tubes.
Also, needed this morning was more urine. The study didn't want to take my negative HcG test from Thursday. Well, guess what it was still negative today.
The one dicey moment this morning was during my physical exam. My oncologist was pressing a lot on my scar. She found a spot that was sore when pressed really hard. She asked me if that was abnormal. I let her know that it wasn't and that it felt the same way it always does, which is slightly uneven. She also noted that my rib was right under there. We decided to move on and that clean CTs and bone scans were great news.
Flying high on the good news of clean scans the next up was the four intradermal PRESENT study shots. The research nurse continues to give me a hard time about requesting the shots to be in a perfect square, but she is always happy to oblige. The shots stung like the Dickens. She apologizes with every shot. She said she thought it was the Luekotrienes (immune booster) that burned on the injection, I told her I like to think its the actual vaccine that makes it burn. She smiled and agreed. Because neither of us will actually every know.She put some tape and gauze on it to protect the four areas. Well, by the time I got home they had swollen and busted out of the tape and had created a mega quad. I look like someone who can single leg squat 200 lbs, but only with my right leg.
Then after the injections and basking in the glow of clean scans, I realized something. I am officially out of adrenaline and holy crap on a cracker I am tired.
But, never one to pass up a chance to celebrate I wrote in my gratitude journal today "Today I am grateful for CLEAN SCANS" and then I had a pint.
Here's to clean scans and no more mochaccino flavored anything.
Oh, and one more test this week. The full contact mammogram. I'll make sure to stretch this time.