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Friday, February 27, 2009

The Holding pattern cont....

The holding pattern continues, I am not worried or stress if Jack (the spot) turnout to be Jackass that is cancer it will be dealt with. A recurrence would not scare me as it was a known possibility going into this process, we will cross that bridge when we come to it. After dealing with .....OLOGIST and ....IALIST out the Yazoo you learn how to sit through anything you learn how to wait.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

First Soccer Practice

Still I wait no news about Jack (the spot).

On a brighter spot today was Ravyn's first soccer practice, I think she is the youngest one on the field and the only one who hasn't played yet. She did pretty well, when she wasn't calling for mommy, and running over to us thinking she needed more Gatorade (it was her first practice she will get better, she will have to gain more independence and know we support her even if we aren't standing right beside her.).

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Give me some news Already

No news yet on JACK.
Back to work today.
My IV site looks bad, like I took a line drive off my arm (note: a bruise like this on my arm means I kept the ball in front of me).

My Neck, My Back

STAYING HOME TODAY, feeling bad and don't want to be renarcotized (a new word I learned from one of the radiology nurses he explained that being renarcotized is simply getting remedicated after a procedure by medication that has been absorbed in the bodies fatty tissue thus not being used during the procedure but released into the body later AT THE WRONG TIME).

OoohhWee, my neck hurts, my back hurts, my arm looks bad at from the IV site.

My neck hurts probably from the way I had to hold my head during the procedure; it kind or reminds me of how your neck bothers you at the beginning of any football season regardless of what level you are playing on. For the first two weeks of contact your neck along with other body parts are going to be sore.

The biopsy site is a little sore, my neck and arm bother me more.

The IV was only in my arm for 5 hours, it was sugar water and only ran for about an hour during the biopsy.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

2009 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

Having fun at the Stock Show this year since the weather was nice.

Monday, February 23, 2009

biopsy Today

I had my biopsy today, a large needle was inserted into my back to extract a sample from JACK the Spot on my right lung. The procedure was complicated due to the size of JACK the Radiologist that performed the procedure was aided by a CT machine, I was awake during the whole procedure as I had to control my breathing so the doc. could access JACK (a spot on the lungs is a moving target).

I hope to get some sort of feedback in a week, I am not too sore right now, but I think my back will be hurting more in the morn. Judging by where the needle was inserted to do a wedge resection they are going to have to break some ribs in the middle of my rib cage; entering from the back.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Lazy Sunday

Lazy today, as I get ready for my needle biopsy on Monday at the SPA. I am going to pack a bag and leave it in the car just in case those performing the biopsy enjoy my company so much that they decide to accidentally puncture my lung and cause me to stay in the hospital for a few days.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Monday (no news yet)

No news yet, or at least I have not heard anything from my medical team. I think I will give the SPOT a name since it is big enough for that now (7mm) I think I will name him Jack. Jack the SPOT

Friday, February 13, 2009

PET scan

PET scan today, haven't had one of these in awhile. This will give us an idea about what the SPOT is and where it originated (possibly) .... oh yea also if there are any more SPOTS anywhere else that haven't been observed by a CT scan.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

It's all good

I will do anything to be able to watch March madness
I am not worried about this spot at all, what ever it is (we won't truly know until extensive pathology is run on it). This spot was always a possibility (whatever it is) I was just hoping to get the news I got from the oncologist a couple of more years down the line.
I appreciate the prayers and well wishers thoughts and comments, but I will be alright I haven't forgotten how to eat elephant (one bite at a time). You should really pray for my family (R3); and the medical staff particularly the nurses as I will probably work their last nerves I am gona give 'em hell. (remember my history of going AWOL Stanford '07)

I am disappointed that I might not be able to work on defensive drills with Raegan "Da Glove" she is a defensive nightmare on the basketball court. Last week she played her man so hard she guarded him to his moms minivan after the game was over.

I am further disappointed that I won't be able to be as active with Ravyn "No Sports Nickname Yet" as she starts soccer soon; I think she will be more advanced than "Da Glove" was at 3 only because she has been watch her big sister and all the practice we have been getting in. I was also hoping to start running sprints by starting Ravyn on a two wheel bike this spring.

I am still undecided about school, I am in the program and with a cohort, the engineer department is aware of this latest hurdle, so I just have to make a decision.

PET scan on Friday
Thorasic surgeon meeting on 2/19/09 (next Thursday)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

BAD news from the CT scan results

The CT results revealed a 7mm spot of interest in the bottom right lower lobe of my lung (at this point we don't know what the spot is); it is too small to wand, and would not be seen by doing a bronch; so keeping with the aggressive treatment plan that I have set for myself since my diagnosis the logical course of action is to surgically remove it then get the pathology report on it to help determine follow on treatments.

The news really didn't surprise me, I wish I could have heard it three or four years down the line but its all good I will just have to increase my exercise regiment over the next 3 weeks I am thinking about (75 minutes on the treadmill, 100 push ups, and 100 reps with my ab will each day until....)

I am glad that my sidekick for the day wasn't really aware of the news I was receiving in the doctors office, I had here playing games, and drawing pictures on the computer.

Doctors Visit today

Today I will be going to get the results of my CT scan which took place in January of this year. I try to get my CT scans at the same place on the same machine for consistency so there won't be much variance in the photo as the latest CTs are compared with the older CTs. I also have to stop by the Heart / Lung Clinic to pick-up my prescriptions (a side note about prescriptions use the mail order, get a 90 day supply, and compare the prices with one of your local super store pharmacy's to get the best price, my first set of transplant meds cost me $410.00 and that was just for 1 month.).

Oh well heading to the hospital with my Raegan as a sidekick I am keeping her out of school today as she was sick all last night. I try to shelter the girls from as many of the medical hurdles I must stumble through as possible but today she will get to hang with me as we go to this routine oncology visit, pick up prescriptions, and pick up my oral device from my dentist office (to help with the sleep apnea due to the prednisone swelling the neck 20 inches and growing back to my football days eh???)

Thursday, February 05, 2009

What a week

Another week has come to pass, I am glad to have every other Friday off. My classmates at SMU have their first exam on tomorrow (GOOD LUCK). Made it through another week, I am still extremely tired at work all the time, I am still avoiding large crowds (when possible) during cold and flu season (the streak continues.... no hospitalization the ER trip last month was a just a tune up and oil change that ran a couple of hours).

Blood work in the morn. I might even let them draw blood from the elbow bend in my left arm, it was used last month during my CT scan(s) without out any problems or multiple needle sticks. My oral device did not come in they (my dentists office is hoping it will be in by Monday).

Monday, February 02, 2009


Yesterday marked the 3 year anniversary since I was OFFICIALLY DIAGNOSED with Lung Cancer (LC) stage 4 BAC. I am cancer free at this point since my lung transplant at Stanford 3/5/2007.

The news was shocking then but the bad times passed everything was going great (job, family, school). We just had our second daughter, Ravyn was 3 weeks old and Raegan was proud of her little baby doll.

The Steelers were in the Superbowl then, and some of the guys from work came to watch it w/ me as I was still in the hospital, due to a collapsed lung suffered during the bronch to get some lung tissue for the pathologist to determine what was going on with my lungs; we soon found out.