Under the Knife

Today’s adventure is having the port removed.

The Knife

Once again it’s not my first rodeo, this is removal #2 so there shouldn’t be any surprises. I arrive at HSC CancerCare and check-in for my 10:45am appointment. After a few minutes I’m called in and it’s shirt off, gown on and up on the table after signing some stuff I really didn’t read. ?

The doctor explains the procedure which is basically, local anaesthetic, cut it out, stitch it up, bandage on and your good to go. It’s a 10 minute process that goes as planned without incident. The anaesthetic is the most interesting part. It’s done quickly but seems long all at the same time. The bulk of it is not too painful but there were a few seconds where it was a little intense. This stuff is always amazing. In about 60 seconds he’s cutting it out and I feel nothing.

The Port

Here is what the port looks like. I was shown mine after extraction and it was a little bloodier that this pristine example. For some reason, I didn’t take a photo. The anaesthetic has worn off after a couple of hours and it’s a little sore but nothing serious. In two days I can remove the bandage and see how it looks.

Numbers

For those following the numbers, things are looking up in this area as well.

Hemoglobin and Platlets are creeping up
White Blood Cell Count is on the way back to normal.
Neutrophils are back in the normal range without being coaxed with Grastofil !

Good News

The results today from the October 26th PET scan are good!

The current scanner at HSC

In fact the results of this latest PET scan are better that the one 3 months ago. While there is still a small area of “activity” it is “less intense” and is “still favoured to be due to inflammatory change”. Which basically means they think the body is just doing normal stuff and that it’s not cancer.

Going forward there will still be active follow up in the form of monthly blood tests and PET scans every 3 months for the next year to year and a half.

We’re feeling very relieved, happy, excited, thankful and more about my ever improving health status.

Thanks to all for your prayers and support. ??