We returned yesterday from Scotland. We took grandparent Christmas to the Derek, Kat and Ansel there. It was fun.
The weather was not as bad as it could have been. Temperatures between 31 F and 40 F. Some days of drizzle. The Scottish word ‘dreich’ describes wet, cold, overcast; we had some of that, but, no wind and storm from the North Sea. We were fine, if a little cold, walking around the town.
This was the second trip to Anstruther that we stayed at a bed & breakfast called the ‘Lahloo Bed & Breakfast’. It is named after an old clipper ship. We enjoy the proprietors, the rooms, and the breakfasts. Its location is perfect, just a few blocks from our son’s house and a short block to the picturesque harbor. If you would like to know more about it go to www.lahloobandb.co.uk.
As usual, I experienced the carcinoid syndrome for about half the trip, but it was controlled pretty well by drugs. It did not prevent me from being able to confidently take long walks and bus rides.
Now that we are back in Denver, I will schedule the bladder procedure to remove bladder cancer. My new urinary cancer specialist says we should probably also plan on the biologic treatments.
Also, within the next couple of months I will be scheduled for scans to assess the progression of the carcinoid cancer. A CT scan and the new (to the U.S.) GA-68 scan are in my future. The GA-68 scan produces much better pictures of the location of the neuroendocrine cancer tumors than the octreoscans that I have had annually in the past. When matched with the CT scan, the doctor may be able to more exactly locate the tumors in my body. I probably will also schedule a minor, day surgery to remove two lumps from my breast to determine if they are NETs or breast cancer or just benign lumps.
You can be sure that I will write about that stuff as it happens and results are known.
May we all have the best possible outcomes,