Monday, August 31, 2009

Oncologist Visit/CT Results

Busy day ...

7:45 am – Hospital for blood work
8:40 am – Hospital for oncologist visit
10:30 am – Dental Appointment
2:00 pm – Hospital for tetanus shot and PICC line dressing change

I had an early appointment for blood work at the hospital and shortly afterwards an oncologist visit. My blood work looked good. I got my CT scan results back which showed the tumors are stable with no change from the previous CT scan. I have a bit more fluid on my lungs. The doctor also mentioned I have fluid in my belly which I already knew ... I call it my chemo belly. I mentioned to her that my environmental allergies were acting up and would I be able to take something for it. She said absolutely yes. I was surprised because it seemed to me last year she said no. I must have been delirious from the chemo and remembered it wrong because that is not the case. I’ll be picking up some Benadryl soon.

Normally I would be getting chemo tomorrow but today I had a dental appointment for a cleaning and an exam so chemo is delayed for a week. The dentist had prescribed antibiotics for me to be taken one hour before my appointment ... 500 mg of Novamoxin (Amoxicillin Trihyrate) ... which I did.

So after my doctors visit off I went to see the dentist. He examined my teeth and asked about any oral issues I might have ... usually associated with chemo. I said the only issues I have are that my gums seem to be receding a bit and they bleed easy. I came out with the usual goodie bag of floss, toothbrush and toothpaste and ... no cavities ... and that is a good thing.

My appointment was over at noon and I went home for something to eat as I hadn’t had a bite up to that point. After filling my belly back to the hospital for a tetanus shot. Why do I need a tetanus shot you ask ... well, a couple of weeks ago when I was getting my CT scan one of the nurses accidentally sniped my skin with a pair of scissors. She was trying to access my PICC line without disturbing the dressing too much. She cut the dressing and my arm too. The cut was very minimal but since it had been too many years since I had a tetanus shot the doctor thought I should get one. After my shot the nurse offered to change my PICC line dressing as opposed to coming back tomorrow. That sounded good to me.

All and all a pretty full day ... I am tired and glad to be home.


11 comments:

donna peach said...

I am tired for you just reading about your day. I'm glad to hear the tumors are stable and that you will have a little break from chemo tomorrow. Will check on you again soon. Hugs, Donna

sherry ♥ lee said...

That WAS a busy day!! I'm tired just reading it so I can imagine how pooped you are!!

Good news that the tumors haven't grown...and the fluid seems to be an issue still but it's not an ISSUE so that's good...

Have a restful evening! ♥

whidbeywoman said...

Will keep praying for you, Daria. We want that Chemo to attack the tumors. Sometimes they can be soooo stubborn. Hang in there! I know its a busy schedule for you.

Peggy said...

Nothing like getting everything done while you're out and about Phew...I'm tired and need a nap kist reading about your day.
Now you can rest tomorrow!

Michelle said...

Excellent.

xx

Renee said...

Yahoo, no growth.

xoxox

Jill said...

That was one busy day you had Daria. Now it's time to get a bit of rest today and hopefully enjoy some nice weather. Glad they could change the dressing on your PICC line...one less place to go today. :):)

Dee said...

Hurray for stable tumors! Yay! Congratulations!

Sara Williams said...

Oh what bad luck to get snipped and have to have a tetanus shot! I had one last Novemember after I was attacked by a dog while running. Take time to rest Daria, that was one busy day!

Tracey said...

Great news that alls going well for you Daria.. I bet you were ready for a rest after such a hectic day though.. xx

Beth said...

you need a day of rest after that many appts in one day!! Glad the tumours are stable with your reduced chemo - I love reading your posts about going out for coffee or nice dinners - you seem to be getting out more and enjoying yourself.