We are so used to the routine by now. We come in on Sunday night and head over to M D Anderson on Monday morning. First the blood work. If I’m lucky, the waiting room isn’t standing room only on. It usually IS just bout standing room only. It wasn’t busy this time. Not sure why. And if I’m lucky, I get a pro who can find that vein easily and painlessly. Wasn’t all that lucky this time. Veins weren’t all that cooperative and she was a newbie.
Next comes the CT scan. If you’re lucky, that takes about two hours because you have to drink a prep drink for contrast and that takes about an hour. Not so lucky with that…they were really backed up and we were there for about four hours. Good thing we have electronics to amuse us (although I don’t have my Kindle…left it on the plane ..not happy about that. ).
Anyway the next day is the meeting with Dr. Ho to go over the results. He has a new PA…lovely woman who, after introducing herself and explaining where Kevin, the previous PA went, got right to it. And with the thing that counts we were very lucky.
Everything looks just fine, she said. We compared your scans with the last ones…absolutley no change. Numbers from blood work just perfect.
I really thought it would be fine but it is always a huge relief to hear the words. Mentally I had already started figuring out what we’d do if the news was not good. We’re going to England and Ireland this summer and I had insisted Jerry get our trip insurance before my checkup in case we needed to cancel because I was going to be stuck at Anderson this summer. Seemed to make sense to get the insurance before the tests rather than after.
So life is good. Dr Ho thinks they should use me for one of their wipe out cancer ads. I never take this good fortune for granted and I imagine I never will. We’ll be back again in nine months for another checkup. One of these times he’ll stretch to a year but not yet.
When we were heading toward MDA this morning I saw a sign on one of the hospital buildings…The Sheikh Zayed Al Nahan Building…I googled it. Evidently the President of the United Arab Emirates and his family have a charitable foundation and in gratitude for all the people of their country who have been treated at Anderson, donated $150,000,000. It’s being used primarily to research pancreatic cancer. What an amazing gift.
So my friends, I’m good to go for another nine months. Hoping all of you are well…love you all.