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So It’s Cancer

2016 March 27

For us the adventure began February 16. We’ll call it an adventure for lack of a better term. It was sometime in May she had an Urgent Care visit and her pee test was positive. Antibiotics were pressed into service including a Sulfa she was so allergic to it caused nearly an entire week of lost work. Eventually they got the right antibiotic and bye-bye bladder infection. Then came that fateful February 16 when Janice said we needed to go to the Urgent Care ‘cuz it might be back or at the least something was happening. By the time we left the Urgent Care a blood draw and CT Scan was set up for that afternoon. Even the most casual observer would know something was up and neither of us were casual observers.m

Very few days later we met with Dr Dees and learned the scan showed a “mass” and a biopsy was scheduled. After the biopsy results we knew it was cancer. Onward and upward to an Oncologist appointment with a Dr Bagwell. OK, he is nothing like T-Bag from the TV series “Prison Break.” Can you say big sigh of relief boys and girls?

Actually Dr Bagwell was a breath of fresh air for a tension filled consultation. Aside from picking up on things not usually part of a medical history he was blatantly honest about a lack of the type of Oncology specialist Janice needs that can’t be found in North Dakota. Three places were discussed: University of Minnesota Hospitals, Johns Hopkins and Mayo Clinic. Janice’s gut feeling went for Mayo. Dr Bagwell was partial to Mayo ‘cuz he was born in the Mayo associated St Mary’s Hospital. Me? Mayo is tops in this solar system. So Mayo Clinic it is.

Except for a PET Scan Wednesday 02-23-2016 it’s a holding pattern for us until everything Mayo has planned for Tuesday 03-29-2016 comes to fruition. There is little to hang our hats on until then. We could bleed fears, apprehensions and stresses all over these posts. The thing being they are unfulfilled fears, apprehensions, and stresses. Seems there are two basic choices. One is to give into the unfulfilled stuff, assume a fetal position and let the pity party begin. The other is remain in the moment, don’t try predicting the future because that’s why we’re seeing Mayo Specialists. Let’s not do the fetal thing and pity party yet, that may well be a waste of time and emotion.

There are what seems like thousands of things to do preparing for the trip to Rochester, especially since the stay may be short or on the other hand need a couple extra pairs of skivvies. A couple extra pairs should be enough for a week or two, right? Anyway, it’s getting closer and no matter how prepared we are at least something will be forgotten (toenail clippers come to mind for no obvious to me reason). Bet we can find toenail clippers in Rochester too.