Saturday, July 27, 2013

slap that tech

(Sometimes Caregiving Yours intertwines with My Lung Cancer Odyssey)

Meeting with my oncologist to discuss my CT Scan of neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis …

... in ‘lay speak’ … after 6 weeks of chemotherapy two of the three tumors in right lung have shrunk and one has not grown … !!!!!!!!!

… hugging and/or hi-fiving anyone and everyone … it was time to pick up Patti for her annual mammogram …

‘family assistance’ was requested because Patti can be a most uncooperative patient, last year even slapping the tech ending the unsuccessful session.

Not much different this year except no one got hit …. Patti simply reinvented boundaries of cursing, swearing and yelling even with her own daughter trying to help before another mammogram bit the dust … 

A little time with the ducks, Papa John’s Pizza and Misto Shakes from Rita’s was next on the list  …

Picture collage captures me “preparing” in waiting lounge for my meeting over lung cancer scan and our post unsuccessful mammogram picnic in the park.

“We я Scans”
Patrick Leer
Health Activist:
Caregivingly Yours, MS Caregiver @


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    1. thank you Judith you have no idea how happy I am

  2. Congrats, Pat, on the good news. What happens now? Sorry you had such a difficult time with Patti's visit. Enjoy the nice weather while it's here!

    1. Hi Muff! thanks I begin three more chemo sessions over the next 6 weeks with a different chemo ... next scan hopefully finds all three tumors dead in the water. .... as for Patti - it is amazing after all these years that mammograms cannot be more accessible and less intrusive

  3. Great news for your results!
    Question - can they do a "sonogram" style test, instead of a mammogram? ( I know nothing about the medical world - just wondering!)

  4. One alternative to the X-ray mammogram is a thermogram/thermography. It looks for hot spots in tissue rather than "taking a picture". The FDA says its not a substitute for a mammogram, but this might be one case to consider an alternative.


    1. locking horns with the FDA has been our quarter century history of living with MS, thanks Steve! ... this sounds logical I will make some noise

    2. Google it - it's much more patient friendly than the mammogram - NO physical contact!
      Good luck.



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