Tuesday, June 24, 2008

I feel like I've been stuck in really bad traffic over the past month. There hasn't been a thing I could do about it except for be patient.

Today I just found out that my surgery in Baltimore will be on July 2. Most likely, I'll stay and receive the radioactive iodine treatment from July 14-Aug 1.

Friday, June 13, 2008

The surgery is now tentatively scheduled for the 3rd week in July. I'm pretty bummed right now, because I will still have a radioactive iodine treatment 7-10 days afterwards. The radiation treatment unfortunately lasts ~3 weeks. This all makes school on August 4th a big question.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Dear World,
Life is easy when you don't have a job. You can make plans at the drop of a hat. Unfortunately, you have no money. However, when you're getting treatment at a medical institution one must have a lot of time. So I suggest if you ever get a disease, you should probably be unemployed, have good insurance, and have parents with frequent flyer miles and the ability to help out with some bills.

The story as of now, is that I still don't have a surgery date. I met with the surgeon today, who wants me to come back tomorrow and get a CT scan with iodine. Tomorrow (or maybe friday morning) I should have a date.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Change of plan:
The surgery that was going to be at Wash U on friday is now going to be sometime later out in Baltimore. I was going to get a very careful and select removal of bad lymph nodes, now I'll have a more aggressive surgery where they'll remove all the lymph nodes they can find.

It used to be the case that the surgery I'll be having involved cutting a muscle or two in the neck (SCM) but the guy who will be doing it is supposed to be very good and hopefully won't have to do so.

The last 24 hours have been crazy and stressful. This whole change of plan came up very quickly. Generally it throws us off schedule for the summer and may result in the need to miss some school. Hopefully I won't miss too much and I'll still be able to start on time.
Oh well, es la vida.