And the wait continues…

So, when we saw the nurse practitioner, she said be prepared for late next week to do the procedure. We were supposed to know on Monday whether Dr. Howard wants to do a specialized chemo or radiation procedure, because he was on vacation last week. On Monday, we find out that Dr. Howard has reviewed my case and wants to do something completely different — microwave ablation. Basically, he will burn the three tiny lesions on the right lobe of the liver and we will monitor the one in the left lobe. So the nurse practitioner shares this news, but still no date for the procedure. My insurance required prior authorization, which should be approved today. I call today and now the procedure will be June 23????? I think my oncologist (and maybe Pepper) is going to have a little yellow duck, but apparently he is the only guy that does this!!! I never pray for patience, because I already have enough challenges in my life! I’m not looking for trouble! #GODISGOOD #IWASHMYHANDSOFTHISWEIRDNESS


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All we know is…

Pepper Sisson is a tattle-tale and the doctor is on vacation and his nurse practitioner has no idea where he is at. (Likely story) But Dr. Howard will be back in the office next week and they will call me with my appointment of either chemo embolism or Y90–so basically chemo or radiation. There are four tiny places instead of two, so we will get all of the places in the right lobe of the liver at the end of next week and the one in the left lobe next month. And, while the nurse practitioner was scolding me about not exercising or eating perfecting in my cancer battle (which I thought was over just a few weeks ago), Pepper Sisson adds, “and she needs to rest!” Tatttle-tale!  I get plenty of sleep, I just over do and over book. Pepper Sisson knows that about me. Tattle-tale! Singing and dancing all the way home from Tupelo,  all the while, giving me “the look” that the nurse practitioner did while fussing. He said it was payback for all the times that happens to him at the doctor’s office! Humbug! On another note,  because I had tattled on him to his neurologist, he is having a MRI on his brain this morning. He has a brain– it is confirmed!  Ha! (Pepper had a closed head contusion after a car accident in 1992) He has bad headaches, but he is taking botox shots with overall great success! Last two sessions haven’t been good, so we are checking him out!

#GODISGOOD  Chemo-embo

The two tiny places on my liver are malignant. They will be calling to set up appointments for chemo embolism –we will be going through a vein to the liver to shoot the two tiny places directly with chemo. Dr. Hill said all of his patients have had great success with “chemo-embo”! It will take two or three visits with a new doctor–Dr. Howard–who specializes in this procedure. They will call to set appointments when it is approved by insurance. This is the easiest of all the options and we are so blessed! #GODISGOOD 

Searching for more answers but #incrediblyblessed 

We are going in this morning for a biopsy of two places on my liver that are too small for the PET Scan to detect. We will know the results on Wednesday when we see Dr. Hill.

Pepper is still singing and dancing! He is on a Conway and Loretta kick this week! Please pray that Conway and Loretta doesn’t send me smooth over the edge of sanity (HA!!) and please pray for Pepper and all those who watch people they love go through something difficult. I am so proud of him. I don’t know that I could be so brave if it were him instead of me. 

I certainly do not know as many HEE HAW  songs!