So I went to PMH to get my 2 shots in the stomach and find out my Bone Marrow Biopsy results. Got my shots, but not results….they are still pending.
However, my doctor said,” Well, you know what the results are going to be, don’t you?” (insinuating “Extensive Metastatic Disease” in the bone marrow like the MRI said).
But truthfully, do I know that? No. No I don’t. That’s why I asked for the Bone Marrow Biopsy. He just ordered it to humour me. And yes, my ass is still killing from it. But I really don’t care because I need to know what is going on in there so I can make a rational decision about what treatment I am going to pursue.
Maybe all the hype is about the little piggy stem cell transplant I had in Germany. I don’t think my oncologist is rather receptive to that. I don’t know what his religion is, but I don’t think he eats pigs. Nor do I think he would allow anyone to stub him with a stem cell from a pig either. I asked him if it was possible for my bone marrow to get all crazy because of the artesunate drug I was on (which I emailed a pharmacy in Germany and they told me that yes, it does cause anemia). He said that was “possible”, but he’s pretty convinced it’s breast cancer in the bone marrow. However, I have all my blood test results and my hemoglobin went wacky ever since I went from 50mg of Artesunat to 200mg in July. My tumours have not got any bigger; my CT Scan showed nothing in my organs. Something does not make sense. If the disease was taking over, do you not think the existing tumours would be having a field day and be growing exponentially?
Damn I hope I’m right. Don’t think I could convince him even with the story I had about the two angels who visited me the other night and told me I’d be fine either, so I never bothering telling him that.
I have to go back to PMH on Friday and do another blood test to see what my hemoglobin is doing. I’m at 84 right now and if I get in the 70’s, I’m going to need a blood transfusion…but don’t worry, only 1 out of 250,000 may get HIV or Hepatitis from it. My husband looked at me and laughed and said, “It’ll be you. It’ll be you”. (Kind of like the time the doctors told me the chances of having heart failure because of the chemo was .004 per cent and that was me…and because my former oncologist didn’t believe it, I was sent to no less than 3 cardiologists who all verified the chemo killed my heart, including one of his friends). Offered to bring in one of my sisters to get their blood, but he said he doesn’t know if they do that and if their blood would even match. I stopped taking the artesunat and started on chemo (Xeloda) once again. Awaiting the burning feet/peeling syndrome in 2 more days.
Guess what awaited me today when I got to the hospital? The paparazzi, that’s who. They are stationed all over the road behind the hospitals (PMH/Mount Sinai) to get the latest scoop on Rob Ford. I bet you he doesn’t have to wait 2 weeks to find out his test results for MRI’S. In fact, they must of told him right on the spot this morning because he dropped out of the mayoral race and his brother is now wanting to take the helm. Well, if he does have colorectal cancer, they will probably be removing the tumour first and then he will most likely have chemo and perhaps radiation depending on how bad it is. Hopefully, I won’t be joining him any time soon hooked up to a chemo chair. Atlas, I believe he will opt for chemo at Mount Sinai because it is a lot less crowded and he would have more privacy.
My friend, who has colon cancer and I were discussing the situation and have come to the conclusion that something doesn’t make sense. Testing for colon cancer is usually done first by an x-ray/ultrasound and then to zero in there, they use a CT Scan. Why would he be needing an MRI today (said the media) which is usually used for bones? Unless, it has already spread to his bones or he is getting a Cardiac MRI, in which case he jumped the queue which I have been on since April! Very fishy.