Interesting Times: Update 20
Last update (3 1/2 weeks ago) I was, if I’m honest, not okay. Physically, financially, emotionally, I was kind of done.
However. Last week’s CT scan of my jaw showed NO bone metastasis, nothing up in my thyroid bed, and one 6 mm lymph node up by my right tonsil. So I am a lot more more okay than I was.
Life is kind of weird, isn’t it? I mean, if back in 2012 you told me that I’d get a report like that and be so happy I’d cry all day… I wouldn’t have understood. (Or liked you very much.)
It’s not an all clear, but it’s good.
The words “osseous structures are unremarkable” were good – the best I’ve heard in a while. I was very, very scared about my jaw, and it was good – very, very good – to hear that.
So now the radioactive iodine treatment has to kill off that lymph node over the next few months.
And how am I?
- I’m just about back to myself physically. I’ve lost about nine months of progress but am feeling mostly normal. It’s been sometimes frustrating but overall – good.
- I’m pretty messy emotionally. Simply put… this has been hard, and I’m not okay about it all. Maybe, on this front, good will take time.
- It’ll also take a long time to rebuild financially. But I have a plan. Work as much as possible and spend as little as possible. Fiendish in its simplicity, no? Good.
Next tests are in November, so I work hard and take care till then. And that’s is the most any of us can ever really say, right?
Background on these interesting times:
First post – Diagnosis
Update 1 – The plan / fear
Update 2 – Giving blood
Update 3 – Post-surgery
Update 4 – The other half of the time
Update 5 – Infection
Update 6 – Grossly unremarkable
Update 7 – All about RAI
Update 8 – Withdrawing
Update 9 – Isolation
Update 10 – A neck, in 5 pictures
Update 11 – Don’t look up
Update 12 – Business as usual
Update 14 – Yes, I skipped 13
Update 15 – Copy paste
Update 16 – What Allison said
Update 17 – Good results don’t get you off the hook
Update 18 – Here we go again
Update 19 – RAI 2.0