This quarter, my bi-monthly blood tests and every 4 months CAT Scan came in December. The very good news is that both tests and scan indicate that my disease is stable. I am grateful for that. Carcinoid tumors typically grow very slowly and I do know a few people who have gone for 6 or even ten years without requiring new treatments.
Unfortunately, for the last month or so my symptoms in my gut have become slightly more pronounced and I don’t like that. Not enough to change my lifestyle but enough to be a bit uncomfortable at times. Predictably, the medicos don’t have an explanation or much help. When tests and scans do not show any change, it is difficult for them to guess why my symptoms are changing. Being the patient, I tend to ascribe scary and accelerating problems to changes in symptoms. The doctors just seem glad that their pictures haven’t changed and that I am not very sick. We will discuss it when we meet shortly after Christmas.
It is somewhat inconvenient (and a little painful) to drive downtown every three weeks to get my Sandostatin LAR injections, but at least I can schedule meetings with the doctors or “2nd level care” and talk over any concerns or problems fairly frequently.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and New Year to all my friends, family, listeners and readers. For the third Christmas in a row, here is my only holiday composition:
|Winterbells – 20 Dec 2010, winter holiday electronica.|
Maybe I should consider composing a new one.