Monday, July 16, 2007

PET scan clear

My PET scan at RPA today confirmed the CT scan from a week or so ago in showing no new cancerous activity.

Some people really don't like PET scans because you get strapped in place and can't move at all for about twenty minutes while you lie encased within a cylindrical machine that measures your radioactivity (after you've been injected with radioactive sugar). If you're claustrophobic, I imagine it could be quite distressing. I don't mind it (apart from getting an itchy nose) - an extra chance for a nap.

I discovered just a minute ago that contrary to what I said in my previous post, Prof Tattersal had not been planning on my having this PET scan until he noted a tenderness in a lymph node near my clavicle. I think I had just forgotten how uncomfortable a lymph node palpitation can be and flinched when he stuck his fingers into my neck. This also happened the first time he did it, but on subsequent times I was ready for it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just randomly found your blog and was intrigued by your story. I will keep you in my prayers as you deal with your cancer. May God's will be done and we always have hope for complete healing. I recently lost my father in law in May to cancer. He was able to die peacefully at home without pain and agony; an answer to a prayer prayed from the very beginning. We had five precious months with him and time to appreciate and get all things said that needed to be spoken. Anyway, I appreciated your post on death; for Christians,
death is the prize and the goal for life eternally promised to us. Keep running the good race, my brother in Christ.