Friday, January 21, 2011

(Wipes sweat from his brow)

   No cancer!!! 
   Lois will have to continue getting checked every year to keep an eye on things and they will do another biopsy the next time she is checked. We are all feeling better about things right now and very happy.
   I had a contrast CT scan today and the doctor will have to look at the results and determine what they want to do about the TIPS procedure. They are looking to see if the blood clot that I've had is still there. It is in the portal vein, which is the vein that they would be connecting one of the hepatic veins to. If it is still there, it could play a big role in whether this procedure is going to be possible. Another waiting game, but I'm not so worried about it. They raised my beta blockers again to help the blood flow. Two years ago I was taking 20mg., now I'm up to 120mg. The bad thing about that is, if you aren't careful standing up you can take a head dive. I've gotten a little dizzy before, but never had a tailspin.
   Wishing everyone a great weekend.


  1. WONDERFULL!!! I'm so happy for you and Lois.

  2. wonderful news about Lois...Thank God! But of course I'm concerned about you...holding you in my ♥ and praying for you my friend.

  3. Wipes sweat from his brow -indeed. Have a great weekend yourself.

  4. Oh yay! I know that feeling so well. Like a huge weight was lifted off your shoulders. The birds sing a little sweeter and the sun shines a little brighter when you get good news like that. My husband has cancer, completed treatments in October and has been really sick since then. But we got good news this week in the form of a test that we feared would show a return of the cancer and it didn't. Breathing a bit easier today myself. Enjoy!

    Linda, Wichita

  5. Great news on Lois!

    I'm supposed to go in for an endoscopy Feb. 8th. I don't wake up from anthesisia too well, tending to be tempermental and vocally abusive (cringes and shrugs shoulders).

    I continue to keep you in my prayers on the smoke. Be well dear friend. (Hugs)Indigo

  6. Indigo,

    Most places use a new drug called profopol which (kind of) knocks you out. It is different because it can be administered by the staff on hand without a anesthesiologist and is cheaper then paying a real live anesthesiologist. It is fast, allows people to come around faster and you are less likely to have nausea and want to get sick.
    I get an endoscopy quite frequently and the thing that I've noticed is that it does tend to give you headaches. I think it depends on the amount of the drug they give you.

  7. I've been out of touch FAR too long. So glad to hear the good news for Lois, but a bit concerned about the crazy path you're navigating. An FYI for you and Indigo both: I've had a tough time getting "back to normal" since my biopsy on the 19th. The doc gave me a bit of sedation (not sure what it was, but didn't require an anesthesiologist) and some oxycodone for pain (hurt to inhale). I didn't take much of the pain med, but somehow the combo has taken days to get out of my system. I've been depressed to start with, and have been weepy the past few days. Slept LOADS and had CRAZY dreams.

    Transplant coordinator also mentioned something about IL 28 genotype (?). It's new to her and I can't quite sort it out either, but it's related to how different types of Hep C respond to Interferon treatment (I think). Will post something on my blog when I learn more.

    Sending warm wishes and peace to you and your family. God bless.