After a long day of hurry up and wait, I am finally home. Tina and I arrived at the hospital at 8:00. My procedure was suppose to start at 9:30. At 1:00 I finally got wheeled in to the cath lab for my port install. I was on the table, plugged in to all the necessary wires and hoses. Then I got the boot. They had an emergency and needed my team. Back to the holding area I go. Another 45 minutes pass before we wheel back to the cath lab. I get draped, taped and dozy while listening to the doctor and nurses chatter about previous patients. The doctor asked if I would like to listen to music. I suggested Snoop Dogg or Ludacris. I got John Denver. So close. I thought listening to ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’ or ‘Get Back’ would be more entertaining. I guess the guy with the scalpel gets the final vote.
Along with my pretty purple port I received a nifty bracelet and a key chain that announce to the world that I have a Bard Power Port. Never one to pass up free stuff I asked if they had t shirts. No such luck.
Yesterday was my meeting with the radiation oncologist. SSDD. My tumor was less than half a millimeter from my chest wall. I am a good candidate for radiation after chemo. There is a 15% chance of a reoccurring, if I get radiation it will reduce that chance by approx 60%. Then he suggested I get a second opinion. Why? He says many people choose not to do radiation because of the side effects. I say Nuke me. My cancer is aggressive so my treatment needs to be also.
More tests to come this week. The excitement never ends.