//08.8.22// PET SCAN, MRI, ULTRASOUND AND MORE //
We realized we left you hanging a little, especially if you aren’t on Facebook. I apologize for that, and I obviously blame Ray.
On July 6th, my oncologist informed us that my PET scan looked great, but….. and here’s the reason that we didn’t rush to inform everyone that all was great. So, yes, my PET scan looked great, except there were a few spots that could be questionable. He wanted to cover all the bases and just have some things checked out. I went to an ENT and he looked down my throat and said “Oh my goodness, your throat is beautiful!” Thanks! I guess it’s common for the throat area to light up in a PET scan because of all the activity that goes on there. *not a scientific fact, just what I understood. I then got an ultrasound on my kidney. There was a small spot found early on during tests and we wanted to make sure it had not changed. It has not, and Dr said cysts on kidneys are very common at my age (yes, I’m getting old!). So far so good, but then we decided to go ahead and do another brain MRI just to make sure nothing had changed from my previous one. I have been dealing with what I thought was vertigo since last year. The brain MRI was last week, and the results were normal. Yay! So, I got a call last week to schedule my port removal. This makes it real for me. It means it’s really over. Of course, I have my 3-month checkup in October and then another PET scan in January. This will be my new life for several years. I feel strange that its over so quickly. I feel like there is something else I should be doing. I’m thankful that I don’t have to do radiation like so many of my friends have experienced. Since the lymphoma was all over my body, radiation cannot be used. That also means I don’t get that “extra sweep” for any lone cancer cells that may be hanging out. It also means I have a higher return percentage. So, for now I am almost done.
I went to an otologist a few weeks ago, and it turns out I do not have vertigo. I’m always a mystery. I have a VNG procedure tomorrow.
I’ll save you a trip to google.
Videonystagmography (VNG) is used to find out if you have a disorder of the vestibular system (the balance structures in your inner ear) or in the part of the brain that controls balance.
Abnormal results may be a sign of damage to the nerve of the inner ear or other parts of the brain that control eye movements. Any disease or injury that damages the acoustic nerve can cause vertigo.
So, hopefully we can get to the bottom of my dizzy episodes.
My port removal will be Aug 24th. I decided to skip the OR and anesthesia for a quicker office visit. He will do local anesthesia and I will stay awake. They say it is a pretty quick procedure. I am thankful for the help of my port during my chemo treatments, but I will not miss it!
I really can’t thank you all enough. It seems silly to try to put it into words. Your love and support and prayers through this year have made the difference.
One more thing! I got my first haircut today! My first goal is a cute pixie cut, so my sweet friend Jordan trimmed my back and sides so it will grow in better! Crazy to think I already have enough for a haircut!