Update on the fun and games

I had my ct scan on Monday of last week. I now wait……….. It’s part of the process ya know.

I had an EMG on last Thursday as well. The lady that administered it says I have sciatica….. She says that the nerve is pinched in the lower back. She did tell me the results of my most recent blood work. Good news on that front. Those three antibodies have very low numbers! At least I don’t have that to worry about at present!

I am not going to dodge the fact that I am concerned as there is a family history of cancer and I have had it once already…….

Until next time my friends!!!!

Recent thoughts…………….

It keeps going through my head………….

What is down the road with the possibility of cancer, again……………….

Sometimes the images are going at almost the speed of sound…………

Appointments are made and it is the waiting game…………..

Yes, I am scared of what may happen…………

I should put trust in Hashem to see me through I suppose………

About last Thursday…………..Life It’s Ownself……

This is what I posted at Old Retired Petty Officer this morning…….

About Last Thursday

But for the sake of not using links all the time here is the entire post………………………

On this past Thursday the 13th of April……………….
I had an appointment with the neurologist at the Sepulveda Veteran’s Ambulatory Care Clinic in North Hills, California in the San Fernando Valley. It is such a fun drive in because of the 14, 5 and 405 Freeways. This is a regularly scheduled thing for yours truly as I have had peripheral neuropathy for almost 2 years now.

I showed up on time even with the traffic. The neurologist I see is a young guy and I like him. I hope the Department of Veteran’s Affairs tries to keep him. We did the usual talk about how things have been with my feet and lower legs have been concerning the new medication. That is new since this past winter. I take pregabalin 25mg capsules at the rate of 6 each, twice a day. I told him that sometimes it seems to work and sometimes it doesn’t.

We then got into the lab work from the last visit about three months before………………..yeah………..
A CT and EMG have been ordered. The CT is scheduled for 26 June………..I have a way to make that happen faster, I do believe. I am on the Veteran’s Choice Program because I live over 40 miles away from the nearest VA facility. For me that was the Veteran’s Community Based Outreach Clinic in Lancaster. The Choice Program lets us use the outside the same as the VA system. Perhaps I can get things sped up a bit……………………..😏😏

It seems there were three antibodies in the blood work that are normally associated with………..cancer…………..yeah………..three months? I think that I should have been notified just a bit sooner on this one, perhaps?

A CT Scan and an EMG(Nerve Conduction) were ordered by Doc and off to the lab I went………8 vials of blood were drawn…………….yep……………..shit like this is getting far too regular ya know……

Of course by this time, the mind is going about a million miles an hour just like it did on September 4, 2009 when I got the “good news, bad news” speech from my doctor in Wichita. That was when the left kidney went bye-bye 17 days later.

I now sit waiting…..
When I got home, I tried to sleep as the graveyard shift awaited…………..allegory there, I think? What say you Chris Goodrich? Oh, where were we? Sleep………..yeah. I wound up being up for around 24 hours. I got home Friday morning and after what I hope was the last cigar, the lights went out. I did manage to catch my Beloved Montreal Canadiens win game two over the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Oh yeah, waiting…………………
I called the records folks and did the dance and my records from the time I got in the Greater Los Angeles Veteran’s Healthcare System. There is a mouthful!!!!!
I also have to fill out the release to satisfy the legal stuff.
I need the records for my regular Doc in Tehachapi in that he may have reservations about how things work at the Federal Government level.

Oh, did I mention that the neurologist said that the antibodies were indicative of the possibility of cancer? 😔😔😔😔😔

Missus ORPO and her sister had a long phone conversation yesterday about me………..the Sis-in-Law thinks that I crashed so hard as a reaction to getting the “C” word news………….It can have an effect I suppose.

I guess I will be blogging more again as this will be the journal of that little trip………….
We will see how it goes………………………………….

5 years ago today part 3

Arrived at Via Christi Saint Francis Medical Center at 0530.
Got admitted. Went up to the surgical floor.
Out of the clothes and into the gown.
Belly was shaved.
Warm up shot.
Kissed Sharon.
Rolled to Pre Op.
IV in each arm.
Second warm up shot.
The last thing I remember was going through the double doors into the OR.
Woke up in the rolling bed going down a passageway surrounded by people.
Got to the room.
Doc and a small squad of nurses doing checks.
One nurse said that I needed to get up and walk!
The answer is not repeatable in mixed company. I assure you of that.
The surgery started at 0800. It was all done by 0945.
Left Kidney had been removed. The Fancy word is nephrectomy.
When I was released 4 days later, Doc Farha told me the pathology said that it was cancer.
Smack! Upside the head.

My new T-Shirt

Missus ORPO got this for me……………………………………..It is a fitting thing for a cancer survivor such as yours truly.

My New Shirt!I think undergoing a nephrectomy is qualification. I am still here. I am still upright and breathing. The Sun rises in the morning and the Sun sets in the evening………………………..It’s all good.

Milestone, on a rough day.

Three years ago, on this day, I underwent a Nephrectomy. The left kidney had a ‘large mass’ on it. It went bye-bye. Pathology said cancer. I get a detailed physical every September since. The last results were all “in limits.”

About that rough day.

We at the 416 AMU/ Falcon lost a co worker to cancer last night. Ed Cunningham, AO1 USN RET was also a Shipmate. I had a flyer for a flight, turn, flight. It was on the second go that the flag was taken for the memorial fly over of our ramp.
Rough day for all, it was.

Follow update for yesterday

Two years ago, today, my left kidney was removed. It is called a nephrectomy. The large mass was too close to the arteries, so the kidney came out. Still got the other one working real good!

The only thing I have to do now is have a CT scan about this time of year……………………ad infinitum………

The pathology came back on the 24th, the day I went home from the hospital. It was cancer. But it was under the fat layer. Dodged a bullet, metaphorically speaking.

Two years ago, today………

September the Fourth, 2009.

I went to my doctor with some digestive issues.

After the usual listening and pushing and such, he ordered up a CT Scan.

Had that done. Waited……………

Got the Good News-Bad News talk.

Good News: Diverticulitis. Manageable with diet changes and antibiotics to knock the infection down.

Bad News: Large Mass on the left kidney. Shocker that one was.

I was less than two weeks out from heading out here to California to start at Edwards AFB. Had to do some tap dancing.

The appointment with a urologist was made that very day, before I even left to go home.

Large Mass. Shocker. Freaked out a bit.

Eighteen Months Ago

Tomorrow is actually the mark but I have to go to Lancaster to the VA Community Outreach Clinic.

But it was 18 months ago that I had the surgery to remove my left kidney. The one with the large mass. It was determined to be cancer after the pathology came back. The urologist gave me an eighty five percent rating of getting really old. At fifty five that is a good number. Really good.

It also is the same milestone for quitting smoking. Four days in hospital made it really easy.

So to all who were so supportive, again, my heartfelt thanks.