|Getting ready to go...the robes |
really go with the post-chemo
'do, yes? Nevermind the
RE the Block Center in Chicago, I think they are very innovative and want to help people, and also what they offer, including a whole range of supplements, seems to be astonishingly expensive. Is it better to buy their supplements? I don't know. I opted for Sears and Vitacost. (If I'm dead in a month we'll know why.) It did occur to me that they do phone consultations in order to sell people stuff. But I suppose if the stuff helps people, there's nothing wrong with it. I'm sure their expenses are substantial.
Viradhamma got the dent pulled out of my car for free so I can now open the door.
I'm tempted to write some geeky things about Old English, but will refrain.
Here's the report of change Dec 5-Jan 13:
Interval increase in size of pulmonary mets: rt upper lobe mass 31mm [1.2 inches](prev 20mm); right lower lobe 30mm (prev 26mm). Left upper lobe mass also increased in size.
Dr. Nelson also said she found out that the EGFR mutation test (that I mentioned in this post) can't be done as there isn't enough tissue. She didn't think the results would give enough info to make worth doing a biopsy.
Drew sent this article which I thought was interesting: How Doctors Die
Obtained from the ever-reliable book source known as Dhivajri, I enjoyed reading some "Young Adult fiction" - The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. If you enjoy a bit of sarcasm and adjectives such as "cancertastic," this is your book. Watched the documentary about Spaulding Grey, And Everything Is Going Fine, which was good. Wasn't as much a documentary as a collection of footage.
I'm going on retreat this morning and will be gone for two weeks to be with and ordain the lovely she-who-is-currently-Dawn. I can't write much about my process here because it involves elements that are super hush-hush. I am unlikely to post from there, unless I have to spend time at the cafe for some reason. I had a helpful chat with Sanghadevi, my preceptor, this morning who suggested not having medical conversations during the retreat if possible, which I think is an excellent idea. There is no great rush for me to know Dr. Nelson's chemo proposal during the retreat.
I am looking forward to many things about the retreat. One is that I will be able to more fully focus on the task at hand and not be holding so many threads.
Though I do seem to cough a fair amount, I am very grateful that I still feel healthy. Way healthier in fact that I did, say, two years ago. Still, after April I have no plans. The calendar drops off like a coastal shelf.