Friday, December 29, 2006

Poked and Prodded

Hello everybody. I hope you had as good a Christmas as I had. We had everyone over for Christmas Eve, about 17 people. It went very well. I gotta tell you, I love Eggnog. I put a shot of Southern Comfort in it and dust the top with nutmeg. Boo-Yah!

So yesterday I went to the hospital for re-staging. Basically, they re-evaluate where my cancer is, and how effective the treatment has been. I don’t have results yet, but I did get to have these tests:
- Chest and Neck X-Ray
- Brain MRI with and without contrast
- Blood tests (lots of these)
- CT Scan of the abdomen and pelvis (with and without contrast).

The worst is the CT scan because
a) They can’t use my PICC line to inject the contrast so they have to give me an IV. IVs hurt like living hell.
b) I have to drink barium (liquid poop) for an hour and a half before the procedure.
c) I get to have a barium enema during the test (I know, I know, TMI).

On the plus side, the actual CT scan only takes about 10 minutes.

The easiest test is the chest x-ray. Stand up, turn to the side, breathe in, and hold it, you're done. I get the results on Wednesday. I am not expecting any big revelation, and will probably continue with my IL-2 treatments on the following Monday.

How was your holiday?

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zappalives said...

glad yer christmas was great, i was ready to throw my family all on a spit and grill 'em over a fierce fire...
i'm officially missing houston on the trip.
we'll see ya in july!

Anonymous said...

i asked for a barium enema for christmas, but i did not get it. there's always next christmas. HAPPY NEW YEAR!


lesli said...

We can't all be so lucky to have triple contrast at Christmastime!

I'm so happy that things are going well. You're support system is awesome.

Happy New Year. :)


Anonymous said...

I am so happy to see your healthy-looking picture and hear your enthusiam in your blog! I truly believe 2007 will be a great year for you!
Hang in there, keep fighting; you're doing a great job.
Happy New Year with love.
Aunt Joan

Anonymous said...

Keep up the good fight----your spirit and determination create a powerful force in this battle. Am so glad your family is nearby to support you. We are looking forward to more good news from you.
Laraine and Bill

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, Jason.

Great to see you doing so well - judging by how update your xmas/new year's blogs are.

Best of luck and science and technology in 07!

Robert Norsworthy

Anonymous said...

I asked for just some barium for Christmas, but the guys at "Homeland Security" gave me an anal probe instead. Turns out I could've skipped the trip to Guantanamo and gotten some in the end! (See what I did there?)