This week we received the needle biopsy results of my left pectoralis muscle – positive for melanoma. This was devastating for about 24 hours and then we got ourselves back into fighting mode. We met with my oncologist yesterday, and the decision was made to wait until after my next PET scan. Because this met is so deep within the muscle, it would be like having a lumpectomy if it was to be removed surgically and would involve a hospital stay. It’s possible to have radiation, and that doctor is also being consulted along with two surgeons by my oncologist. We’re waiting to see if it’s an isolated tumor or if more pop up in the next three months. This way, we’d do the surgery once and get them all. It seems like a logical decision. In the meantime, I’ve already received a call that my radiation doc wants to schedule a consult.
My oncologist also made changes to my prescriptions to help me manage the pain which hasn’t lessened. I now have an extended release drug, something to help my left knee, and am continuing with all of the short-term drugs I’ve been on. Hoping something works!
I had a different experience in the hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) session today. It was my 9th “dive” and as soon as the nurse turned on the pressure I realized that I couldn’t pop my left ear. The pressure was building and I was beginning to feel pain. I tried everything to pop it with no luck. The nurse reversed the pressure and got me out of the chamber as quickly as possible. The doctor was there to check my ear and he announced it as a “T1”. He said there was redness and even a little blood. I had to be sent home with instructions to pick up some Afrin and use it at bedtime. I also have to take it along to treatment tomorrow. I had some congestion last night, but my ears felt fine this morning. Now, my left ear is still closed. If I can’t resolve this, I’ll need to get tubes in my ears. Sigh.
Over the weekend I had to switch to using Dakins (bleach solution) in the dressing because the pseudomonas was back in my wound. Tuesday morning I learned that Dakins kills granular tissue! Last night I stopped the Dakins and went back to using the Mesault (sodium chloride). I’m hoping my dressing change tonight shows that it was the right move. Two steps forward, three back!
Since I’m running out of insurance-covered physical therapy sessions, today was my last session for my left knee. It’s still giving me problems (patellar tendonitis), so I’m going to request a referral to an orthopedic doctor who might be able to recommend a different brace that works better with my knee but still helps with foot drop.
In happy news, Bill and I were able to pull off our daughter’s nursing graduation party! Of course, Bill did 99% of the preparations outside and inside and I did the planning. Our daughter-in-law and my mother were HUGE helps in the kitchen making delicious food and keeping the kitchen in tip top shape! We couldn’t have done it without the extra help!! Our daughter’s friend, Courtney, did the decorations which made it look like a party. Our youngest son brought along his amazing mac and cheese and was part-time grill master. Our oldest son helped get the grill back on the deck, made grocery runs, picked up my parents, kept an eye on the kiddos, and helped behind-the-scenes. Our son-in-law was an amazing lifeguard. I still ended up being on my feet too much, but it was worth it for a really happy, celebratory day!!