But I was talking about the new doctor, Dr. Cascone. He is very personable and focused. He tried to feel the lymph node and could not feel it, and then made a comment if he could not determine which node it was he would have to take all of them on my left side. I quickly explained that he would be able to see which one from the PTScan. He and the medical student left and when they came back, the doctor felt comfortable that he knew which one, and would not have to take more then that one. Whew!!!! remember I watched that PBS special on cancer, they did a story on a woman who had all of the lymph nodes removed from one side and she had to wear this horrid elastic sleeve. I mean if there was a question about the lymph nodes I would have no problem with them removing them all. If I had to wear the sleeve, I would gladly accept that. But since the PTscan clearly shows that only one node is affected, why remove more then we need? The doc seemed to be of the same mind set.
I have my appointment for tomorrow afternoon at day surgery. Ms Judy will take me to the outpatient surgery, Ms Moon is still too sick to be around me, but she is with us. We talk about her constantly, we tell each doctor that they will meet her eventually, if they are lucky. She is there. She is a part of our team, and Judy and I rely on her just like she is with us. Remember that Ms Moon, you are here, you are loved and you are a part of this team, and such an important part of keeping me sane through this process. I love Ms Judy and she is just as important and integral to this as you are. I need you both. But that does not mean that you each do not have lives that might mean that sometimes you are not with me. But you always are.
After we met with the doctor then we drove across to the Ambulatory Section. They took more blood, had me pee in a cup, took a chest X-ray and an EKG. It looks like I am fine to go.