As mentioned in a previous post, I went for a PET Scan last week. Since the wall in my small intestine had a thickness and there were enlarged lymph nodes there as well, my oncologist decided a PET Scan would be the best way to determine what is going on.
Today… I met with her to go over the results of that scan. I can’t lie. I was very nervous on my drive to the hospital. I was praying it wasn’t cancer for the third time. Afterall, I had chemotherapy after my second bout with cancer in 2012.
Shortly after signing in, I was called into the phlebotomy department. This is all routine protocol before patients meet with their oncologists. First the technician took my blood pressure. “It is very high,” she said. I told her that I was nervous meeting with my doctor today. I’m on medication for high blood pressure so I was shocked myself that it was so high. Then she drew 2 viles of blood, weighed me and sent me back to the waiting room.
I waited there for what seemed like forever. (In reality it was only 15 minutes.) When my doctor came out and called my name I jumped from my chair and headed towards her. Once we were behind closed doors she told me that the PET Scan did not show any active cancer. I guess the look on my face wasn’t one of relief because she repeated it again and reminded me this was good news. After having cancer twice already I guess I just naturally assumed the worst. The thickening of the intestinal wall and the enlarged lymph nodes can be expected post surgery.
Previously I told you that a Hemoglobin number of 12 is the normal number for the average person. Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen through your body. Today my bloodwork revealed that my Hemaglobin number was 16. That’s the highest it’s ever been. I was thrilled but my doc said it was too high. She told me to drink more water to bring the number down a little.
So all-in-all it was a happy day for me. Now I can move on with my life. I don’t need to see my oncologist for 6 months.
Until next time…