Friday, January 23, 2009

January 6, 2009

These are journal entries from the beginning of our odessy. I will spend the next few entries catching up to where we are now. 

Nodes, those little nasty things that show up on CT Scans and X-rays, and can be cancer, blood clots or according to Wikipedia, a connection point, either a redistribution point or a communication endpoint.

Unfortunately I don’t think the ones in Art have anything to do with a communication endpoint. Doctors don’t know what they are. So they will need to do a biopsy.

Biopsy. Heparin.

Two words that should not go in the same paragraph.

Heparin is an anti clot drug, keeps your blood from clotting which is good if you have pulmonary embolisms. It’s not a good drug if you need surgery.

Biopsy = surgery.

The men and woman of the medical world have come up with an ingenious plan to help with the clotting issue AND do surgery at the same time. It’s called an IVC Filter -- Inferior Vena Cava Filter.

Anyway, Art will have one inserted tomorrow so they can do a biopsy on Thursday.
We will have preliminary results the same day with final pathology results in 4 – 5 days.

I simply refuse to say “cancer.”

Our oncologist said it isn’t.

I choose to believe him.

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