My New Oncologist — Intro

This will be the first time I have had a real oncologist since August 2010! That was when I switched my cancer therapy to my urologist. But  my rapidly rising PSA scared him off!

The new guy has decades of experience and I got two good reviews of him. He only works one day a week in Salida but normally that is adequate for cancer treatment. My appointment today is called a  “preliminary”, a legal requirement for us to actually meet before our relationship is official.

My appointment is at 2 PM.

Another Doctor Appt

I finally got alarmed about my lack of stamina and made an appointment with my GP for yesterday. Especially since after New Years, I begin a different course of cancer treatment.

After some discussion, he wrote a script for a bunch of lab tests. He wants to check my liver functions, my kidney functions, my thyroid functions as well as for anemia. He seems to think the anemia is likeliest due to something called “chronic illness anemia” caused by long term medication usage. And he thought I looked a bit pale!

I made a joke about him getting to see his favorite hypochondriac. He said “You aren’t . . .” when I interrupted to say “I am not your favorite?”. It took him a while to get the conversation redirected!

Anyway, he wants to make sure the Lupron hasn’t caused any liver damage and that my thyroid is functioning OK since the Firmagon (There were some jokes about the name of this drug!) works through the pituitary gland. Which also affects my thyroid.

So this turned out to be more than just my present condition. He was a bit concerned my Urologist had not been checking anything but my PSA but he knows I am largely a self-managing patient.

So nothing changed. Yet. He will get the results either today or Monday then we will know.

New Juvie Prison

Donna and I went to Salida and behind the Pancake Patio Place is a construction project. From the lack of windows, it looks like a prison.

Oh, wait! This is new addition to the High School!

Personally, I liked the tall crane being used for the roof panels.

It has become a landmark along US50.

Donna’s Test

We went up the river to the Salida hospital for Donna’s colonoscopy. She had not eaten in 36 hours and swigged a bottle of citrate before we left. But we managed to get to the hospital with NO emergency stops! Lol. Barely!

We had arrived about an hour early because we had factored in a stop or two so assumed an extra hour at the hospital. Nope. The nurse came out for her before she got out of the restroom! So she was taken back to the pre-op section. I went with her. She changed into the typical hospital gown and got an IV “installed”.

Then the anesthesiologist arrived. He was a Nurse-Anesthetist! This was new to me but it made sense for such a routine procedure. And he was competent. When he gave her an injection via the IV of a sedative, they rolled her out and evicted me to the waiting area!

I drank coffee, read, and waited for the doctor. He came out, still dressed in a tie, to tell me the test went well and he only found one polyp which he removed. The biopsy will determine how soon she has to have another one.

The dark thing is a Vilus, a normal part of the intestine to extract nutrients and looks like a finger. The offending polyp is circled above it, looking (to me) like a pimple! It isn’t there any more but is in the pathology lab awaiting analysis. 😉

As she recovered from the anesthetic, the post-op nurse monitored her then removed the IV and monitors. Finally the O2 canulla. Finally she was told she could dress. The nurse gave her a personal card.

This was a very nice gesture by the nursing staff.

We went, at her suggestion, to the former Bongo Billy’s Salida Cafe, now the Salida Cafe and Roastery. We had cold smoked turkey sandwiches. For 20$!! That included greasy potato chips and iced tea. Such a deal. We sat on the deck and watched the trees, mountains, and river.

The view was nice but not worth the extra cost!

Then we made a stop at Safeway for her to pick up something for dinner then drove home. She is feeling good and seems to have recovered from her exam.