Sunday, July 29, 2007

Personal Update II

Okay, so far so good. The biopsy results aren't in yet, so we still don't know how severe a situation we're facing. Other procedures have since been done, and the last of the preliminary work should be done in the morning. All I really know at this point is that despite 60+ years of smoking, Mom's heart is still strong - the cardiologists have given her heart their seal of approval for surgery.

Mom has now had seven doctors involved in her case, assisted by two nurse practitioners. I think she's had more doctors than nurses to this point, which might explain why the US medical system is so damnably expensive.

Some more random observations:

  • CNN is an astoundingly vapid network
  • CNN is still better than MSNBC
  • Mom's hospital room is in the "Let's eat! Let's have some pie!" wing, so named (by me) because of the demented ravings of one of the other patients
  • Dementia is no fun for any one involved
  • Writing someone else's last will and testament is no fun - especially if you don't like the main provisions
  • Dune Messiah is the weakest of the original Dune series
  • These random observations stink!

Update: More info today. They've 'scoped her bladder and ureter. She has two tumors blocking off one ureter, both of which are probably also cancerous. As always, we have to wait for the biopsy results before any certainty can be deduced. The good news today was that blood work done over the weekend found no traces of cancer cells/ cancer markers/ whatever the hell my addled mind can't remember the name of. It's a good result, though. If she has cancer there's a reasonably good chance it HASN'T metastasized.

Bonus random observations:

  • It's kind of funny that Mom probably has two forms of cancer and neither one of them is lung cancer. You can smoke for 60+ years, but if you're destined to die of a pain in the ass, you will get colon cancer!
  • Ben & Jerry's Banana Split Ice Cream is the best ice cream ever.


reader_iam said...

Step by step... . Good news about your mom's heart.

Icepick said...

Yeah, I'm taking any good news I can get at the moment.

Also, dealing with the US healthcare system ain't fun.

Finally, I'm remembering why I don't like doctors. To all you MDs out there: I know your time is more valuable than my time, but you can certainly spare a few seconds out of your day to tell your assitants when you're going to be making your fucking rounds! We can't pay your bills if we can't get to work because we're waiting around 24 hours a day to talk to you, you lousy assholes!