Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Under the knife

I went into hospital at 5:30 this morning, surgery at 7:30, to have the tumor biopsy. Initial pathology suggests the lymphoma diagnosis is correct, but there are some other tests that need to be performed on the biopsied tissue to identify the specific type; we should get a more conclusive report tomorrow and absolute diagnosis on Friday.

I have to admit that I feel like I have been run over by a bus. Thankfully, the pain meds Dr. Straznicka prescribed are working well.

The VAP (venous access port) was installed at the same time; it feels very strange, but I am sure I'll get used to the lump. I am very grateful to have the VAP, rather than the external catheter that my mother had; at least with the VAP I can shower and swim without having to waterproof the area.

Yesterday I had my PET scan; again I do not have conclusive results, but preliminary observations suggests an active tumor with perhaps two other points of infection. A complete report should be forthcoming tomorrow.

Nicky continues to be a rock; I could not ask for a more loving or sympathetic partner. I think I need to speak with her friends and make sure that some regular nights out with the girls are planned. I don't know if she realizes how much I appreciate how strong she is being, and whilst I can't alleviate my symptoms, I can make sure that she has the occasional brush with normality.

Time to sign off. I will update with the results of the biopsy and PET as soon as I have them.


Kevin Arnold said...

We're keeping our fingers crossed for the best Justin.


The honey monster said...

Thanks Kev, especially as you have your own concerns.

dave said...

Keep your spirits up the best you can -- we're all with you.

Dave P