4/10 – PET-CT

I had my second PET-CT scan yesterday. That is when they load you up with radioactive shit and send you through a tube similar to an MRI. The PET-CT is supposedly better able to pick up tumor activity though.

Remember – first scan showed pretty massive bone destruction, especially in the left hip area where the Iliac bone (top of the hip) was totally destroyed to the point that Dr. J wasn’t sure how I was able to walk. Also it showed a plasmacytoma (soft tissue tumor) in that exact area. This is where the pain for me was unbearable to the point that I went to the doctor in the first place.

We are hoping that the results from this PET-CT show similar progress to the MRI which showed that the bone lesions are shrinking.

I left Mt. Sinai with a ginormous headache and felt nauseous beyond belief. I muddled through a lunch meeting but had to go home afterwards and lay down for the rest of the day/night. That sucked. I can’t even describe how badly my head was pounding all afternoon and evening. I tried everything – Percaset, Zyrtec (thought it might have been allergies) and Helene made me crushed grapes in a blender – supposedly good for migraines.

This morning I feel a little better. Traces of my headache remain but I need to get out the door and get working.

Does having cancer make you more vulnerable to other sicknesses? Yes – my immune system is down from the chemo, my stress level is high (although not as high as it was two weeks ago) because of the disease, work, etc. I don’t sleep nearly enough and I am constantly pushing myself to work harder, be at every one of my kids games and spend q time with Helene. I have a million things going on at once. So is it the cancer that makes me vulnerable to sickness or the lifestyle? Answer is – I don’t know. I have many thoughts on vulnerability – too many for this post – but I had an interesting discussion the other day about it. I will write a full post on it this week.

Until then – feeling better today – even if its not 100%. Keeping positive thoughts for good results from the scan. I probably will get results at my check up on 4/15.

5 responses to “4/10 – PET-CT

  1. It’s good to keep a positive attitude and keep busy with your lifestyle and i applaud you for it. But perhaps slowing down just a little would be a good idea.
    Looking forward to seeing you later.
    Sam

  2. It was great spending time with you and your family , sorry to hear about your headaches, that sucks. Hope you feel better, kiss your precious bunnies. Richie

  3. Stay positive, keep fighting and remember you have company and we are all sending positive energy your wayl

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