I am back here at HW for the day and evening, miss the place, despite my own "demons" I am fighting. Wish one and all well.
I get so aggervated at dr.'s in general. Had a special CAT scan done a week ago on my lungs, when they did the CAT for the PC last October, they spotted a suspicous lump at the bottom of my left lung. A week later, still no results from the latest CAT. It might be nothing, or something benign, but my GP really wants to get to the bottom of it. Or could it be PC in the lung, or worse to me, the dreaded Porocarcinoma that I had 3x in the past? Not knowing is still the worse thing to me. I keep leaving messages, but get no return calls. Does that mean that something is wrong, or are they just slack?
On the PC front, next week they will draw the special 6 weeks PSA, and then 2 weeks from today, I will meet with my dr/urologist/surgeon to go over the results. As a reminder, my 3 month post was .05, and my six month was .10. If I were a betting man, and I am not, I am predicting somewhere between .13 and .15 on this one. I hope and pray I am wrong.
The thought that there might be another cancer in my body at the same time that I am in the midst of this PC fight is beyond my comprehension and ability to digest. I know there are some here that dealt with lung cancer and PC at the same time, I believe.
Still no job, been on a couple more interview, actually was made a very poor offer to a financially weak firm very far from where I live, as much as I needed work, it made no practical sense to take the job.
Been busy on the restoration of my wifes 1972 Shasta Compact travel trailer. It's so pretty with everything in pink and white (gag), but that is what the girl wanted, and that is what she is getting. You ought to try hunting down a pink stove, microwave and fridge for a camper sometime.
I will come out of my self-imposed exile soon, as soon as I sit down with my dr. in 2 weeks and hopefully have a better idea of what is going on with me, is there reaccurance with the PC or not, is there something bad going on in my lungs, etc.
My spies, lol, keep me informed of the highlights here, glad to hear of some of the sucessess and more zero reports coming in.
I leave for now with a question, and will check back and forth through the evening tonight.
If I have to go through radiation, how strong should they go, I dont have the geographic or financial options to go somewhere else for fancy treatments. Will radiation mess up my good fortune of not having any ED currently, or mess up being dry 100%. Already worrying about what I don't know.
My best wishes and greetings to all my PC brothers and sisters here, and a welcome to any new friends that have joined HW since I went away.
David aka Purgatory
here in hot and bright western South Carolina
P.S. To David CPA - must we keep copying each other, same name, same profession, and now I read, you are from the Sooner State like me? I was born in Tulsa, and all my father's people came from Ireland to Welch, OK on the Kansas border.
56, 56 at DX, PSA
7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes
First PSA Post Surgery 2/9 .05, 5/9 .10 doubled in 3 months, new test in six weeks, then possibly off for salvage radiation