Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Consider this, in the last two weeks I've experienced an earthquake, a hurricane and the results of my second blood test came back and yes, my PSA score is still over the top.
The Next Step is in order now. I've called and made an appointment with a urologist. The earliest he can see me is October 21st. I hear that prostate cancer (if in fact I do have it) is a slow cancer (if you're going to get a cancer I guess that's the kind to get) so I guess I have TIME.
I offer no excuses nor apologies for writing about my newest medical challenge. One benefit that has come of me not being the Strong Silent Type (Gary Cooper I'm not) is that I'm finding out that several of my friends and relatives have gone through the same experience. They have all survived. The only relatives who haven't survived a cancer of which they should have gotten a test was my cousin Jeffrey and uncle Sam. They both died of colon cancer because they refused to get an colonoscopy. I've had four colonoscopies thank you. The most recent a few months ago and yes, I came out clean as a whistle (so to speak).
So life goes on. I'm concentrating on updating all my genealogy and cemetery information on the Internet lest I have a limited time left on this earth. Well, actually if you think about it we all have a limited time on this earth.
I may be jumping ahead of myself here but what I'm thinking about now is what kind of treatment do I want to get if I do have prostate cancer. The radioactive seeds and female hormone injections or fifteen weeks of radiation, five days a week (like my friend will be undergoing shortly). Of course I could have the whole prostate removed but you know WHAT THAT MEANS. Don't ask me to explain. Look it up.
One thing the earthquake and Hurricane Irene did was to take my mind off of my new Medical Adventure.
Oh yes, and now I am having trouble chewing on the right side of my mouth. I have a dental appointment next week that was already scheduled (teeth cleaning). I wouldn't be surprised if I needed root canal.
I feel like I'm falling apart. Watching a new season of "DWTS" will take my mind off of these negative thoughts swirling around in my head.