After I searched through more than 2,000 images to try to get you one that would sum up the PET scan results in a nutshell, I don’t feel so good. I get kinda queasy when it comes to something being wrong with me personally which is funny because I am practically a medic in the animal rescue world!
In the image above, the purple “balls” in the center are masses that don’t belong there. When Someone saw these pictures, the first thing he said was, “There isn’t any room for any of your organs!” Yep, it feels that way, too. Now I know why when I went for an annual check-up, my doctor’s face looked really worried–and I was sent to five oncologists within two weeks!
The orange striations throughout, which show up better on the original (I had to take a camera shot of the screen since this was on Someone’s old computer–they don’t open on Mac) are things whose metabolic activity is “uncommon” according to the accompanying report. The white light is on my left side (even though my back is down at the bottom of the screen and the white hip bones show on either side–and is not something I wanted to find. There is more white light on that side as the picture wraps around the masses. It is the most serious “color” of all but may or may not be cancer yet–there is no way to know without taking it out to biopsy.
The good news is that it is all still in a covering or encapsulated and has not broken out or spread to anything. It cannot be biopsied while inside me to design targeted therapies, for instance, or it would spread all over. It all has to come out as one piece–and then they take it apart to figure out what to do next. I don’t know if I have the strength to go through all of that. I am praying for insight and alternatives right now.
In addition to this, they found out that my spleen is greatly enlarged and the HAI, or hospital-acquired infection I had gotten from a nurse’s neglect and subsequent injury, last year when I was in the ICU from an unknown small intestine ulcer that let go, are all “hot” or sick on the PET. This week, I am going to get testing to see IF there are any antibiotics that this HAI will respond to-or not. There may be one or two but they will more than likely be IV antibiotics and this will be more than I want to hear right about now since that will be a big deal for me as well. That testing takes ten days or more to even come back with an answer.
The super great news is that the tests for lung cancer and bone marrow or lymphoma are negative. I only had to have blood marker tests and the PET and didn’t have to face having–or not–biopsies or treatment. The problems that showed up on the MRIs on my lungs were from pneumonia scarring and the bone issues are a degenerative condition that I just will deal with–most likely started from eleven steel pipes falling on my head at a very orange home improvement store (no, I didn’t sue). That type of injury starts a process all the way down the spine that can only be dealt with symptomatically.
I will write more as we go along. I feel like I want to lay down now so I don’t pass out. I don’t want to deal with these things but if I don’t–in some way or another–they will cause problems down the line that cannot be resolved.
The entire time (months) I went through all of the tests the insurance company requires to get to the one the doctors really want, I prayed for Jesus to intervene so the biopsies would not be necessary. He did. The rest of the time, I just kept saying to myself, “Jesus, I trust in You” and I do. The name of Jesus is something supernaturally powerful–never forget to use it, to ask for Him, to just say his name in cases of trouble, anxiety, danger even. And so, now, I will keep saying the same and have confidence that all things will work out as they were meant to. As Someone always used to always tell me with complete reassurance, “It will be alright.” It always was. I miss hearing those words–but they are tucked away deeply in my heart. I pull them ‘out’ whenever I need them..
Sending love and hugs to all–
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Lesson Learned: Vitamin D3 combined with K2 are very important to general health–and women, start young, combine them with calcium. Please research this and check with your doctor to make sure you can take them. They are life-sustaining and disease-limiting. Ironically, we give all of our rescue dogs vitamin D3 drops (be careful so you don’t overdose it) and it is on Someone’s every day list of things to take but I didn’t take the time to bother with my own “invincible” self. You just must make time for self-care.
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