No needles! I confess I don’t know exactly what an ode is. I love echocardiograms because there are no needles or IV infusions. Here’s what my experience is for the uninitiated:
I’ve rarely had to wait long for this procedure, they are scheduled such that if your echo is at 3pm, you go in at 3pm.
You enter a room with your own personal echo technician. After a few questions tapped into the computer, s/he leaves the room for you to put on the cotton gown. (UCSF always uses cotton gowns instead of paper. I love that.)
The Technician then comes back and and you lie down on a table and the lights go dim. About 3-4 round doodads like big round bandaids get stuck around your midsection and chest and those are hooked up via small cords to The Machine. Then you relax while the technician checks stuff, then waves the magic wand with a bit of gel straight on your skin, but the gel is at body temp. I nearly fell asleep for my last one.
Did I mention?: No Needles!
Meantime back at the ranch:
How am I doing? The truthful answer is I have no idea. Here’s what I do know: I will start the Taxol etc chemo at the end of January. It’s really called paclitaxel. I had this stuff 11 years ago with my first go around with breast cancer. I’ll be part of a Stage 1b study so I can get the second drug that’s not named yet, just letters and numbers. I know that my mets are all growing and most are more metabolicly active, so I’m anxious for the toxic taxol since that will likely truly beat back the mets. For those that are unreasonably hopeful: The taxol will not cure me, but it will buy me more time. Just saying.
For the next two weeks I’m busy with doctor appointments, walking, avoiding all sugar and eating as well as I can, having fun, more doc appts, wig searching, and more. Please suggest fun. I’m open where my schedule is available. And I want a new (to me) small car (mine was rear ended/totaled in October), so that’s another project (looking at Fit, Focus and Prius). Cleaning up piles and ‘stuff’ in my life and house is another project. And so it goes!
ciao for now. -four crying.
ps: 3 fun recent just-because food photos: