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Three score and ten or more

Monday, January 19, 2009

Nothing to do with Utah

I just had to post tonight.  Janet and I have spent most of the past week at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.   She was referred there when doctors studying the CT scans of her aortal problem observed that there were lesions on her liver and suggested that they should be investigated.  We were referred to a Gastroenterologist who then took MRIs and new CT scans of the area.  She determined that Janet had a "mass" in her liver and referred her to the Mayo Clinic.  Adding this to the concern we had about her aortic dissection (I've been calling it an aneurysm but aortic dissection seems the right term, I guess) we have spent most of the month in a state of mild panic.

We arrived at the Mayo on Tuesday and began a battery of tests and had a consultation with one of the main doctors in the transplant segment of the hospital.  We felt both better and worse after our consult since he had some doubt that cancer was involved, but also was sure that Janet was not a good candidate for a transplant.   We finished up Friday with a bone scan, another CT scan or Two, and a lengthy and unpleasant sonogram.   They were reluctant to do an MRI without consultation with Jan's orthopedist since she has about a foot of metal and a bunch of screw holding her femur together.

Today we had a consult with the oncologist who went through all of Janet's tests old and new and concluded that any cancer was about out of the question.  She did schedule one more test, a bone marrow biopsy to rule out a lymphoma since Jan's speen was slightly enlarged but we came home feeling  one of the great terrors we've been fearing is not there.   I almost grabbed the oncologist (a very nice greyhaired lady much younger that either of us ) and danced her around the floor, but Jan shoved her wheel chair in front of me.    Hooray, Hooray, now if the bone in her leg heals up and we find some excuse to shake the ongoing concern about her aorta, we may be able to go do some "fun" things.   I'll continue the story of the Utah trip tomorrow or the next day. 


At 8:37 AM, Blogger Gayle said...

Oh, Richard, this is wonderful news! It looks like you both have angels sitting on your shoulders! I can't tell you how happy I am for you. :)

At 5:52 PM, Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

I could have told you so. Lesions on the liver can be caused by "fatty liver disease" which is hereditary.

At 6:47 PM, Blogger Norma said...

I come here for the medical education. Glad you have some good news!

At 7:24 PM, Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

01 27 09

Good news! Glad you guys experienced some good news out of that ordeal!


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