You might have noticed I haven’t posted much lately…or maybe you haven’t. Anyhow, the reason I’ve been away is because I have been away — back in the hospital on Sunday, this time because I developed blood clots in my lungs. The pain of taking a deep breath, coughing, oh, my God, yawning, was excruciating. Luckily two and a half days on an IV of heparin have helped lessen the size of the little buggers and letting blood flow through again, so the pain is less, too.
On Monday, when I saw my hemotologist/oncologist in the hospital, she brought with the results of my genome or Oncotype testing, where they look at the genetic characteristics of your tumor and assign it a number between zero and fifty to determine whether chemotherapy would be helpful in preventing a cancer reoccurrence in the future. Zero to 17 is considered low risk and chemo would probably not make a difference. My number is 24.
So I’m in the intermediate range and she is recommending chemo, of course! She and the surgeon were both very surprised, given how small the cancer was, .8 cm, and the fact that there was nothing found in the lymph nodes. Before the use of Oncotype testing I would have been told, based on what they found, that the chance of reoccurrence was small and chemo wasn’t needed.
The real kicker was a text from my sister letting me know that her beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Reggie, who was 12 and a half, took a huge turn for the worse with his heart issues and they made the very difficult decision to euthanize him. I was sorry I couldn’t be there to cry with her…
So that’s how my week has been going. I got to come home yesterday because my echocardiogram and ultrasound of veins in my legs were good and they could stop the heparin drip. Then to the plastic surgeon and the drain is still in. I have to get my blood INR tested today and my hair cut so it looks good before it falls out!
I was so tired last night I couldn’t stay awake to see my Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants and win their NLDS in major league baseball. I’m reeling from all the events and really exhausted right now so I think I’ll take just a little break from blogging. The pain meds fog my mind and make it hard to be creative, as you might have noticed… But I’ll be back in a few days, barring any other stupid complications… I miss you guys!