Friday, May 8, 2009

Back With Preliminary Results



We started off early this morning since my doctor is so far away. We packed up the van and headed out. I gave Gabriella an 8 ounce bottle which I never ever do. Because of her reflux I usually give her a 4 to 5 oz with a meal. Since we were in a rush I threw some fruit loops in a baggie and let her have the bottle. She was fine for an hour then the fussing began. She seemed in a little pain. I found some Mycelin drops in my diaper bag and it seemed to do the trick. Still she started to kind of fuss a bit so that made me nervous about how this day would go. She ended up being just a little cranky today but with the drops she was much better...then slept the whole way home. So it wasn't too bad. Now she is running around the living room smiling and trying to talk to her reflection on the back of my laptop. Seriously.

OK. On to the topic at hand. I got to the Surgery Center and because Jason couldn't be in there with me he took the kids to McDonald's for a snack. I checked in and headed to the lower level. I was taken immediately in for my ECHO. I had to lie on my left side, which was interesting. She scanned through my back and then while still on my side just under the left breast but that was it. It was over pretty fast. I was just glad they didn't play the heart beat out loud this time. I hated hearing it before. I could tell it sounded "squishy". I didn't really WANT to lie there worrying about it so I am glad I couldn't hear it.

Then I dressed and went back to the waiting room. I waited maybe 10 to 15 minutes then went back for the CT. This is where it gets fun. I answered some questions then she told me I would need to be injected with a contrast dye that could cause a warming sensation in my throat and it would move down my body eventually in my bladder and could give me the sensation I peed my pants. GREAT. I literally said that too. That's just wonderful. I changed into the gown and laid down. Then she looked at my veins and said she would need a smaller needle. Then she warned me of the stick, said my vein was rolling away, she wiggled the needle a bunch then said she blew the vein. (Still not positive what that means. It sounds so bad) So she says she'll try the other arm. She tried for 5 minutes on the first. (OUCH) I am pretty good with needles but IV's are more painful to me then a shot. I still do pretty good until you start wiggling the needle around. She stuck my other arm, said she thought she got it, but didn't. The vein moved again and she then after much wiggling said that one blew too. YEAH!!! haha So she used the side of my hand just down from my thumb. This one easily hurt the most and she wiggled it a whole lot. Finally after just pleading with God that she'd get it she did. The warming sensation did happen but did not make me feel like I peed. I think it could have if I didn't have an advance warning of what it would feel like. The nurse was very very nice and I do believe I sometimes have disobedient veins.

After the scan it was just about 1 p.m. We had an hour to kill before I saw the oncologist so Jason (hubby) took me to get some food. I ate and then went back and had my blood drawn!!! More needles. That's four in one hour. She did it just under the stick the first nurse did in my left arm and guess what? She used a normal sized needle and had no trouble. Then again she does that all day everyday. She is an oncology nurse. It involves a whole lot of needles. I finally saw the doc. He was late because of a meeting. He said my blood tests were GREAT. Then he asked about symptoms and different things then said they had the preliminary results of the CT scan and they looked great. He said they won't have the official results for a few days but said he didn't see anything in there!!! How good is that to hear. And guess what? He told me this in the same room he told me I had cancer in. It was in the same room, same seat.

Wow. I don't have the results of the ECHO yet but things look good. I am just about ready to believe I beat this thing for good. My oncologist looked at me and told me bluntly "You're gonna be fine." So that felt good.

I cannot explain to you how very hard it is to believe that cancer is gone...that it won't come back. It's almost scary to let go and just believe it but I am thinking maybe it's OK. Maybe I can just believe it now! I am waiting for the final results and I of course will update when I get them. I took the pics here of the actual CT machine I was in. I was alone for a bit so I just decided to snap a couple. Thanks for all the thoughts, prayers and well wishes. I appreciate every kind word and prayer so much!!

24 comments:

kikamz said...

this is very great news dear! am happy that God has finally heard your prayers. this is indeed such a wonderful mother's day gift. have a happy mother's day! God bless you always!

yeokeehui@gmail.com said...

May the LORD God bless you in all your undertakings.

Wanda said...

I am so glad to hear this Sandi. I've had you in my thoughts and prayers knowing this was coming up. I even mentioned to Chilly earlier tonight I hadn't seen your posts from the Drs. visit. He looked on Twitter about that time and found where you had posted you would make a post in a few minutes.
Take care and we will all be looking forward to the final results saying everything is A-okay...
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to YOU!

Mizé said...

Hi Sandi,
I´m glad to read this news. Beliving can help a great deal, keep beliving :) Wish you all the best :)
God weekend!

Isabella said...

WOO HOO! Glad to hear everything is looking good. :)

Southern Sage said...

Excellent news girl!!!
Woot Woot!

Seiko said...

Hi!My first time to visit your site & caught my eyes about your pregnancy story.God is really good.He granted your prayers & wishes.Happy Mothers Day to you!:)

Julie McClelland said...

Well done, what a relief :-) as for the needles thank goodness that's all over too! I think these nurses need much more practice at this...grrr....

Racn4acure said...

Wonderful news Sandi. I still remember those CT scans, every six months at first, then every year, now it has been 2 years. That is a weird sentation isn't, like you have litterally peed your pants! And I always had to drink 3 pints of this chalky barium stuff - hated that part! :) I am so glad that you are doing well.

When you are getting stuck with needles you really appreciate someone who can do it well the first time, don't you? I have small veins and it is always a problem.

Keep living life as a survivor. My half-marathon teammate, Kristi, also was pregnant when she was diagnosed with Hodgkins, and that was 14 years and several marathons ago. Soon enough you will cross that 5 year mark and rarely think of anything but being a healthy woman. Best wishes - Art

MamaFlo said...

Congratulations on the positive news!!

Luv a Bargain Sherri said...

That is wonderful news Sandi! I am so happy for you and your family:)

Split Rock Ranch said...

Yeah!!! I'm sooo happy to hear the good news. I was thinking of you all week and praying for good results. Have a very happy mother's day tomorrow. Big hugs! B

Tita Beng said...

Congratulations for that clean bill of health. God is really good!

Lynne said...

Excellent news! I am sure you must feel as if a huge weight has been lifted. What a wonderful gift this Mother's Day, God bless you!

On The Verge said...

I am so glad to come back and read your good news. I hope this is the best Mother's Day ever!!

Lydia

Kate Burton said...

Congrats on the news. Here's to lots of boring check ups in the future!

Sonja Dupor said...

Congratulations and Happy Mother's Day. You truly deserve it.

twinks said...

I'm happy to know the positive result. This is one amazing news! Happy Mother's Day to you and may you have a blessed one. Take care! ^_^

Ori said...

Praise the Lord!!
Been away from your blog for sometime and it's great to find this kind of wonderful news.
Keep believing that you're in good health!!

MaryAnne said...

What wonderful news, and just in time for Mother's Day!

OLLIE MCKAY'S ~ A Chic Boutique said...

WooHoo ~ You go girl!! I am almost 4 yrs. out from having and being treated for a very rare type of cancer below my voice box. They treated as an advanced cancer because there was no real protocol on what to do! Each year my checkups are space a little farther apart - I now am able to go every 4 months - Yeah man!! I still get nervous and cranky a few days before the checkups and then after, I feel like a new woman again! It truly is hard sometimes to tell yourself that you are cancer free - it really never leaves your thoughts - we all just learn to live with it day by day - knowing how precious each day is! I truly say my prayers every day and just thank God for each beautiful day and the many blessings he bestows upon us! Because my kids are grown now, I can afford to play golf and spend the amount of time it takes to actually play a round - ha! It is also one of the few place where for 4-5 hrs. I am only thinking about golf and how much I love the game! Happy Mother's Day - your kids are so lucky to have you for a Mom - and you will be here for tons more Mother's Days to celebrate with them!

joe-ann said...

Reading your story can strengthen ones faith.God is indeed great.Glad to know that you're finally free from it.stay healthy.=)

Leanne said...

Just unlurking to say, I'm glad. Really really glad for you.

Laura said...

Congratulations on the good news. It must have made your Mother's day all the better.