Ebb and Flow

I had a little bit of a tough time yesterday. I slept poorly, partly the result of a nagging, nasty backache that made turning over in bed a painful undertaking. I went through cycles of too hot, too cold, too hot, too cold. And, I stayed up too late. I seem to think that staying up later means that I'll sleep better, maybe straight through for six hours. It never happens that way and I... Read more →


All Better

I finally feel like me again. It took pretty much a full month to recover from my surgery, but when I did, it happened almost overnight. I saw Doc H for my followup on November 29, at which point he said that all was well, I could drive, and I could start exercising again. I had already gone back to work, although I did take it rather easy by working at home. I went back... Read more →


Unexpected Nap

I took a long nap this afternoon, quite by accident. I say "by accident" because I did not plan to take a nap; it just happened. Joe and I had lunch at a local tap room/sports bar. It was delicious! We watched Temple beat up on Navy and then came home to watch the Flyers game. I settled down in the recliner. Sometime during the game I closed my eyes and that, as they say,... Read more →


To Fitbit Or Not To Fitbit

You may know that I hate exercising. In fact, I wrote a whole blog post about it. However, I know that I must do it or pretty much die, so I do it. It's not a question of not finding an exercise that I like; I really do hate. them. all. And by "do it," I mean that I walk, either outside on the trails around our apartment or inside on the treadmill. I tried... Read more →


Recovery

In my surgery outfit Oh hi! So, just about two weeks ago I had surgery to remove my ovaries. It went quite well, especially since the big ole mass in my left ovary was a benign adenofibroma. I must say that the hospital staff was great. Everything went quite smoothly, from check-in through check-out. When they took me back to my wee cubicle, the bed had everything laid out quite neatly: high-tech hospital gown, shower... Read more →


Wouldn't It Be Ovary?

Image from the Nickelodeon animated show "The Angry Ovaries" I saw the gynecological oncologist Friday. He's a very straightforward fellow; I like him. He showed me the MRI films, which was a lot like showing me a Jackson Pollack painting and asking me to find Waldo. I really couldn't make out anything, except for my tailbone. And I only recognized that because he traced it and said, "There's your tailbone." Naturally, I read the report... Read more →


The Saga Continues

I saw my medical oncologist early last week and got the good news that the treatment for my lymphoma is no treatment - at least not yet. I'll have bloodwork in three months and more scans in six months; lather, rinse, repeat until my lymph nodes get large enough to be bothersome. We also talked a lot about the mixed liquid and solid adnexal cyst in my left ovary. The upshot was a special blood... Read more →


It's Always Something

So I had extra-special bloodwork and a bunch of CAT scans this week. Good times! And, because I am nosy, I kept checking the patient portal to see the results. And, because I am nosy, I couldn't resist reading them when they appeared. Did you know that my brain is unremarkable? And all this time I thought I was remarkable! In fact, many of my organs are unremarkable or "normal for age". This is actually... Read more →


Results

Pathology reveals low-grade B-cell lymphoma compatible with chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma. This is concordant. So there you go. I have lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. I found out when I was poking around the patient portal of my healthcare group. I had gotten an email with my validation code for the site, but had not gotten the email with the secure link for registration. I sent an email to site support about... Read more →


If You Fail to Plan

Oh, that old Weight Watchers mantra: If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Bah. Sometimes when you fail to plan you have wonderful spontaneous adventures! It's all how you look at it. Except I did plan this week! Hell, I've been planning all year! When I sit down to write my goals for the week (which are supposed to align with my goals for the month, which are supposed to align with my... Read more →