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Unread 03-10-2004, 11:43 AM
The latest checkup

It's amazing, but the time for the first real monitoring checkup at about 4 1//2 months occurred this monday. My goodness the time has gone fast. My onc and gyn have a share in the monitoring. At the 6 week checkup it was with the onc. Now every other visit is with him and the other is with my local gyn. So this time it was the first visit back to the gyn after the hysteroscopy. I walked into a waiting room of all pregnant women. I could see it was going to be a long wait, but when I checked with the receptionist, she had further news -- Dr was operating and could she reschedule or would I want to wait. I agreed to wait, but she insisted I reschedule -- for later in the morning, which I did. I ran a few errands, picked up a book at the library and came back. I'm not really sure to this moment if this was planned or not. I was apparently his last patient of the morning. I expected a quick Pap and on my way. But no -- he spent over an hour with me, talking about lots of issues. Frankly, I've never had a Dr appt that long.

We talked about the onc and how he handled the case (for his future referrals), about my situation and how to deal with the future. He pointed to me and stated very clearly "You're cured, now it's our job to prove it!" He admitted that no onc would say that because there are those exceptions out there, but that I should get rid of cancerhead and focus on the future. Of course, I talked about my new philosophy of life "Don't sweat the small stuff. After this scare, it's all small stuff!" Anyway, we're on the same wavelength on this issue.

He showed me actual pictures of the tumor at hysteroscopy and explained why it hadn't spread -- it was very similar to surrounding endometrium and was trying hard to grow normally (a very good sign). And he continued to explain the pathology. As a biochemist, I asked questions in that realm and got a laugh, making him go back to some of the basics. We're working together on a theory that my blood pressure medication actually inhibited the symptoms of the cancer. This could be meaningful for others if it's true. It's been reported to the drug company and eventually to the FDA. This should be interesting.

We talked a bit about doctors and care in the hospital. He made a really interesting comment and from reading on the boards, it makes a lot of sense. He contended that Drs with good bedside manner and respect for the nurses result in excellent care by those nurses of the hospitalized patient. Would you want to spend too much time with a patient of a doctor who yells at you if there is a problem? I know my gyn treats the nurses well and so does the onc. Perhaps that's why I had such a wonderful experience in the castles with these two procedures.

I'm not sure what I did to deserve these two wonderful guys, but they've kept me sane and now healthy too. I'm waiting for the pap result, but not getting really worried about it. It's part of the small stuff! Now on with life.

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Unread 03-10-2004, 12:29 PM
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Way to go, Sundance!

So glad that things are lookin' good. And it sounds as if you have a great set up there with the two drs collaborating--and that they give you real TIME.

Interesting about the BP meds!

Now go and pamper yourself with something you enjoy this week, to celebrate! You deserve it!

Unread 03-10-2004, 03:07 PM
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Congratulations Sundance.
Good news is so great to hear.

Ruth S
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Unread 03-10-2004, 03:19 PM

Congratulations Sundance! That sounds super!

I hope to be in your shoes one day soon as well.

You have not only seen the light at the end of the tunnel, you are out and dancing around in it! Go on and celebrate, girl!

Hmmm, do I feel a spa day coming in the near future for you?
Unread 03-10-2004, 07:50 PM
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Sounds like you've got a wonderful set of doctors there, Sundance. I think so many of us pick up vibes of those around us. And when they're straightforward and positive, well, all the better for us.


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