Tuesday, March 09, 2010

03/09/10 - Avastin 2.10 (via cell)

Attempt #1, @ ~9:45AM: Post failed!
Attempt #2, @ 8:26PM!: (same text from posting attempt #1, about 9:45AM) An experimental post from my cell phone. I'm receiving Avastin currently. I posted from my old cell in the past, but not from this phone, and I have had it for almost 1 year now! This will remain a short post until I get home and can use a larger keyboard... :)

[Edit on PC] Of course Verizon just HAD to advertise! Not like I PAY (too much) for their services! I could easily delete the following ads, but I choose not to, to show people another UNNECESSARY item that should aggravate you as it does me! I did shrink the text and change its color, to limit the ad's visibility... ;) [Edit on PC]

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Monday, March 08, 2010

02/26/10 - MRIs and Radiation Oncologist's Review

Posted 3/8. Actually, I did have multiple posts on 2/26, but the MRI scans (actually taken on 2/25) are in a different format which doesn't play nice with my MRIs from Moffitt, which caused a delay. Although I can't say that it was was responsible for all 10 days of delay... :)

I picked-up the CD-ROM copy of the images on the morning of 2/26 (I ranted about this in my 2/25 post about "Inefficiency"). The CD also included a written evaluation of my scans. When I read this report it upset me. My father had driven me over to pick-up the CD, and he asked what the report said as we returned home in his truck. My response was, "It says I'm screwed..."

Not too long after he dropped me off at my house, Laura came home for lunch. I told her about MY negative interpretation of the report. She calmed me down, finished lunch and returned to work. The main reason that I was upset was because I didn't want to make her upset. I failed that one, having her calm ME!

It turns out my Radiation Oncologist had one of his nurses call me to tell me not to worry shortly after Laura returned to work. I really thought that it was Laura's doing, but it turns out that the report apparently alarmed him also, thus the call from his nurse to calm me. That was totally unexpected, but nice.

T4/5 Tumor, Moffitt MRI on the left, newest (Mease) MRI on right

My Radiation Oncologist went over to the hospital (luckily, it's only about 2 blocks from his office), and he reviewed the MRI images it alarmed him, too. When they looked at the images they compared them to MRIs I had taken on 1/26 at Moffitt (which the person that wrote the report did not have the "luxury" of doing - comparison). It turns out that when compared to my last MRI, they were basically the same.

T12 Tumor, Moffitt MRI on the left, newest (Mease) MRI on right

No change is good! Change for the better (tumors shrinking) is best! Change for the worse (tumors growing or spreading) is bad! In my case no change was good! The negative interpretation of the written report, due to the writer's lack of benefit from one of my previous MRI summaries did cause a misunderstanding for several hours, but it was no one's fault. There was a lack of information, which made the early report incomplete. 'nuff said...

I was determined to post this as my next chemo (Avastin) appointment is just 9 hours away, for which my father will pick me up in 7.5 hours, I will wake-up in 6 hours, etc.