For friends and family, here is a medical update from this week. I had a CAT scan on Wednesday with the intent of seeing how much my cancer had spread since the February scan. The results would form the basis for considering next treatment steps.
For the past couple of weeks I felt particularly dizzy and short of breath when first standing up from a seated position. Yesterday I had a particular bad experience with stomach issues. While I was reasonably content to wait until my next scheduled oncology appointment on August 23rd, Emma sensed things were not going well and called his office today.
In a brief conversation and follow-up call we learned the CAT scan showed very limited cancer growth over the past six months – good news – but, I had fluid in my lungs that caused the problems noted above – also good news in terms of finding the problem. A host of possible reasons from my heart attack, current meds, and cancer could be the reason for the fluid.
So by 2:00 pm we headed down to Touro to have the fluid drained – a remarkably simple procedure. By 4:00 pm, we were back home, thanks to the skilled and efficient team at Touro Infirmary.
This evening my shortness of breath and dizziness is completely resolved, and I have less stomach pressure and bloating.
All in all, a very good report.
Life is good. I am blessed.