Thursday, January 16, 2014

Gettin' It All Lined Out

This afternoon we met with the husband's medical oncologist, Dr De La Casas and his nurse, Dawn. Dr D did medical background with the husband and a quick physical. He explained the additional tests he is ordering. Dr D is very thorough. He wants to put a "first name and last name" on this cancer then we can build a treatment plan. Again, we both really liked this doc and his nurse. 

So he ordered the husband to have a bone survey, a PET scan, bone marrow biopsy, urine test and blood labs. He also wants the husband to see the lung specialist to rule out the very small nodule that was detected on his lung during the upper chest CT scan. He stated it is so small they couldn't even put a needle in it but he wants to cover all bases.

We have the bone marrow biopsy and blood labs scheduled for the morning. I told Dawn the husband was nervous about the biopsy. She performs the procedure and explained the whole process to him from getting numbed up, to hearing the drill, to the brief pain he'll feel has she removes the marrow. It really helped ease his anxiety.  The lab tech that assists also reiterated that everything would be fine.  Everyone we've encountered at the new cancer center have been SO nice..  

As we were getting the appointments set up this afternoon, I mentioned to the lab tech that we had a mutual friend. She looked at me and said, "Oh! You're Butch's mom!" How funny is that! We got a good laugh out of it.  Before we leave the clinic tomorrow, we should have the appointments for his additional tests. 

Gonna leave y'all with this. The husband eating his salad. He said I needed to take a picture for proof. He really has been putting forth effort to eat healthy. 


Annette said...

Love this pic! Made me shed a tear but ya'know how those old sisters are! Love ya!

lisa said...

That is my kind of healthy!

Shirley said...

Sounds like you have a great Doctor and medical staff. Keeping the Husband in my prayers for a complete recovery.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Sounds like you have a good Doctor who is going to take good care of your husband. First name and last name to the cancer sounds like a good attack! :)

Leah said...

Kit - your blog was one of the first ones I started to follow. Have always enjoyed all of the shenanigans of Diesel arriving and following the other kids and I can't forget the bulls! Sending many prayers your way as your hubby fights this intruder! From Minnesota - STRENGTH coming your way!

gtyyup said...

Good, good, good!! Keeping you both in our prayers~