I find I have nothing to say at the moment. Have you ever had to wait to see if you have cancer? That’s where I’m at. I had a Petscan Tuesday afternoon and of course there seems to be no doctor who isn’t on vacation or just “off” who can call me and tell me the results.
What is a Petscan? Mayo Clinic:
A positron emission tomography (PET) scan is an imaging test that helps reveal how your tissues and organs are functioning. A PET scan uses a radioactive drug (tracer) to show this activity. This scan can sometimes detect disease before it shows up on other imaging tests. The tracer may be injected, swallowed or inhaled, depending on which organ or tissue is being studied. The tracer collects in areas of your body that have higher levels of chemical activity, which often correspond to areas of disease. On a PET scan, these areas show up as bright spots.
A PETscan is useful in revealing or evaluating several conditions, including many cancers, heart disease and brain disorders.
American medicine at work. I ask you, could our system be anymore fucked up??? I truly doubt it… So I meditate, I sleep, I listen to great music and try not to think about death, and what it might mean to those who truly love me.
A couple strange things about Petscans. Did you know that the radioactive isotope they put in your veins is so strong that it can impact anyone in the room with you? Really! For a minute I thought the tech who put it in was kidding! And then there’s that cocoon they put you in inside of that tiny hole. Close your eyes and you hardly know you’re there unless your nose starts to itch, badly. But I survived all that and now I wait because no doctor is willing to take the time to give me a call…
Postscript: A small spot of “unusual cell growth” was found in my lungs. Further tests next week…
8 thoughts on “Petscans and waiting to see if you have cancer…”
Hi Laura. Thanks for sharing. I am sending good juju your way!
I didn’t know if I should, but what the heck!
It is infuriating this time of year and then at Christmas time to try to be treated by a doctor or specialist. I am hoping for nothing news for you!
I am hoping for swift good news for you, Laura!
The waiting is SO awful. I was in the car with my 18 yr old granddaughters when my doc called to say they found something in both my lungs. Gotta love blue tooth. She was hysterical. It turned out not to be serious, hoping the same positive results for you.
Hoping for the best Laura. The process can be infuriating. I’ve been taking my boyfriend to all sorts of doctor appointments lately and it can be maddening.
YES! And I’m just getting started in this process!