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Waiting Rooms

Waiting Rooms

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by » Tue Jun 06, 2023 05:37 pm

Yesterday I spent 3 hours in a hospital emergency room, waiting for doctors to get an earring out of Karly's ear.  She'd pushed it in too far and it got swollen and infected.  I didn't have anything quite tiny enough to get hold of it, not that she'd let me.  Doctor said no earrings for at least 2 weeks and I said she'd be lucky if I let her have them until she was 21. I was kidding of course, but I'd be just as happy if she didn't.  I spent a lot of the time playing chess on my phone.

Tomorrow I have to take Cheri to Columbia at an unearthly hour, which means I'll be lucky to get 2 hours of sleep.  She's having a biopsy done on what looks like a cancer on her adrenal gland.  She got rid of the colon cancer but this looks to be an offshoot of that.  She's also got a kidney cancer but it's growing so slowly they're not so worried about that.  Of course, I've been worried to death about all of it but I can't imagine the nightmare she's going through.

I've seen the CAT scan and I'm not optimistic about the diagnosis but I'm still hopeful it can be taken care of.  That means all day waiting, if she doesn't have to stay over night.  Her Mom will be with me.  I got very lucky with my in-laws.  She lost her Dad a few years ago, but they were both very nice to me.  That's made life a lot easier than it could have been.  Still hoping for a happy ending for all of this but at best, it's going to be a long time.  John

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by » Wed Jun 07, 2023 10:50 pm

Will be keeping Cheri in my thoughts and prayers. And for you too, John. 


Peggy, Laila and Angel Minchie

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by » Thu Jun 08, 2023 05:43 pm

I posted a little about our experience in FaceBook last night.  We were gone 8 or 9 hours altogether.  Was mostly a wait, wait, wait situation.  The car next to us had their windshield wiper stolen.  I slept (on and off) for about 11 hours last night.  Now I think I might be getting sick.  I hope that doesn't get much worse.  We won't have the results of Cheri's tests till Monday or Tuesday.  I'm not optimistic about the results but still hoping it can be taken care of.  John

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by » Fri Jun 09, 2023 03:56 am

Just read on your FB page about the hospital fiasco. Wow!  My hospital in Arlington Hrights head so helpful and lots of volunteers helping in where to go. 


Peggy, Laila and Angel Minchie

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by » Fri Jun 09, 2023 04:02 pm

How did the biopsy go John?


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by » Fri Jun 09, 2023 05:27 pm

The people at the hospital in Columbia were very helpful too but I ran across doctors and nurses who told me they'd worked there for years and still didn't know where everything was!  Ironically, there's a big hospital about 5 blocks from me, but they don't know how to deal with most of this stuff.  It's basically an oversized band-aid station.

We were there for about 5 hours before the biopsy was finished.  I think it was a complete waste of time myself.  I saw the CAT scan myself and it looked like a mass about half the size of your fist.  They want to make sure it's cancer and not a cyst, but it's fast growing and whether it's a cyst or cancer, they'll need to get in and deal with it anyway.  The longer they screw around the more it has a chance to spread.  There's no hope this will all be over soon.  I just hope it's all over eventually.

In the meantime, Cheri has been out yard-saling all morning.  She's pretty amazing.  John

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