Well, I had 2 MRIs yesterday, one on my right axilla and another on my left thigh (the latter will serve as a baseline for my upcoming chemo treatments). As these were full MRIs with contrast, the two took over 2 1/2 hours to complete, which is a long time to be told “don’t move”. The right axilla was identified as a potential point of interest in my CT scan two weeks ago and the MRI is intended to rule out any metastasis. Though something is definitely visible in the scans, Dr. D’Amato last week seemed to think that it was likely just another Lipoma. But we won’t know for sure until Monday when I get the Radiology report.
Make it a Double!
This morning I went in for my port placement, which went well though is a little sore. The surgery itself took about 1 1/2 hours with more than an hour of prep time and blood work prior to the operation. It was certainly a bigger deal that I had expected. The port itself will definitely take some getting used to. This particular port device is a double port (similar to the one circled on the left), which is required in order to feed two different types of Chemotherapy drugs (as they cannot be mixed). The double port is located on my right chest with catheter extending up to my neck. The surgery was performed by Dr. Best (what a name) and a resident Dr., both of whom were great.
I also had a MUGA scan this afternoon. Quite ironically, they are not able to use the new port system as the particular medicines they inject “must go directly into a vein”. Therefore, I had to get stuck another two times for this procedure (ouch). Believe me, I’ve had enough needles to last me a while now.
Make me look like pastor Buddy
Tomorrow I go in for my big haircut, followed by a day of rest on Sunday, followed by industrial strength chemo starting on Monday.
Thank you so much for your continued words of encouragement and support. It means so much to me and my family.