Today we went to the AVL cancer hospital for the scans. We left a little late because we had to make a stop at the chamber of commerce first. I had three companies and decided to stop two, since I’m not working now. This past week we’ve been busy with the administration, which has mostly been done for us by Sheira from Administration4You. She’s done a terrific job and kept the hassle to the bare minimum.
I had the CT scan first, which was quick. I dressed for the occasion (no metals, just soft and stretchy clothes) which makes it all easier, no need to get undressed. First they tried to insert the IV (for the contrast fluid) in my right arm, but no blood appeared despite the nurse’s attempts to wheedle it out of me. The left arm worked better. (Same was the case later for the blood tests, so I had my share of needles being moved around inside my veins, not so nice!)
The CT scan was done in less than 10 minutes, and the MRI was scheduled an hour later. I spent the time reading the Grazia, nice change from my more serious reading at home. The MRI went well but took much longer. Because of the noise I was given earplugs and headphones, connected to the radio. After the scan, they removed the IV.
Next I had an echo. The radiologist was very nice, she explained what she saw and talked about her profession. She said the tumor was a bit frayed at the edges, with a maximum diameter of 2,4 cm (down from approximately 7). She didn’t see much in the armpit, so hopefully that has shrunk as well.
Good news to start the weekend, and now its time to start enjoying the Christmas holidays.
Merry Christmas everyone!