July 08, 2009

Test Day

    Tomorrow is test day.  Joe and I will head up to Huntsman to see exactly how much progress has been made through chemo, two stem cell transplants, and specialized drugs.
     I will have lab tests run first, and bring in a 24 hr. urine collection (fun :0)  Then a bone marrow biopsy and aspirate.  If you want to see what this involves, there are some great videos on Youtube.  None of my sons were brave enough to watch, but my daughter and I watched them twice.
   I will also have a combination PET/CT scan.  This procedure takes about three hours, because first  they must inject you with a small tracer quanity of radioactive material that is attached to a sugar which goes to the metabolically active parts of your body.  You have to sit in a recliner in a quiet room for 45 minutes to give the sugar time to get where it needs to be before the procedure.  
   One time I brought a book to read, but the nurse told me I couldn't read because then all the particles would go to the brain. interesting.
    After a peaceful rest,  you are lead to the room with the big tunnel machine.  The nurse shows you where to lay down.  The blanket covered "bed," is abut 12 inches wide.  So you lay down with no place for your arms. Do I lay them across my chest or let them dangle to the floor? Then the nurse steps in with big black velcro straps.  She straps your legs together below the knees.  Then straps your arms closely to your body.  "snug as a bug in a rug!"
     That's the easy part.  "Let the magic show begin!" Now you must lie perfectly still for 45 minutes to an hour as the bed moves through the tunnel.  
    What do I do?  Do I sleep?  What do I think about?  The first few times I went through this procedure my objective was to try  not to think about anything.  Because one thought would lead to another and ultimately end up rather quickly back to cancer.  Bringing fears and fighting back the tears.  
   Now my mind wanders all over during the scan.  Last time I could not get a John Denver song out of my head.  "Country Roads take me home to the place I belong...  The problem was I forgot most of the words, but kept starting over, ugh! very frustrating!!
    When the test is over and the straps are removed from "the Magic show," they point the way down the hall to the waiting room.  The only good thing, I've decided, about this whole day, is I don't have to worry now (since I've lost my hair) of getting up and walking out the door with "bedhead!"
    Well there is no last minute cramming for me.  We will get the results of the tests from Dr. Tricot next Wednesday.  Wish me Luck.  We are expecting the best.  I will keep you posted.
                                Love, Kris


Nick and Amera said...

I love you. Good luck and my prayers are with you. YOu are amazing. I did get your message when you called....please no worries...thats the last thing you need to think about. I will take care of McCoy and getting him into preschool. Thank you! Love you much, hugs and more hugs and hope that all goes well :)

Melinda said...

Good Luck with the tests!! You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Kara P said...

Enjoy the "magic show"!

I'm gonna have to tell my students that reading actually causes the brain to WORK! What'dya know??

We're pulling for you Kris.

Rochelle said...

Good luck on your tests. You are so brave and positive in your thinking.


Thank's for posting! You will do great! Our prayer's are with you as you wait for the test result's! Love from all of us to you, Love Anne.

Beth said...

Kris and Joe,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Hopefully the tests will show some good news. We love you!

Teresa said...

Hey Kristine,
Its been forever since I have checked in on you. I hope all the tests went well and you are feeling as well as possible! I will keep good thoughts in mind!
I know it must be rough to be strong, but you seem to be doing so well at it.
Keep it up!
Teresa R

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