We've got plenty to keep us busy this week. Tim is still archery hunting, hoping for just one more deer.
We've got eye appointments.
Today, I'm getting a haircut. I will get it cut shorter than usual, in case I can't get back for a while.
This is uncharted territory, really, and we don't know exactly what we are dealing with yet. The big question is whether or not it has spread.
I will tell you the thing that haunts me in the middle of the night. When Tim had his stroke earlier in the year, a brain scan was done. The doctor said, "I did not expect to see this. Usually, when a patient has a stroke, the lesions appear on one side of the brain or the other. It affects one side of the brain. He has the lesions on both sides of his brain, tiny white spots everywhere."
My questions are pretty straight forward. Do cancer and stroke damage 'present' differently? Are there differences between the two, or did he interpret the white spots as stroke damage because that is what he was looking for?
I think they are sensible questions. If the cancer has spread, I'd think that the medical team would want to know. If the two things look completely different in a scan, my god. There would be one woman sleeping a little better at night. When I asked Tim's family doctor the question last week, she listened and then said that she could not just pull up the diagnostic tests of another doctor and question them. I had to take my question to the neurology department that originally ordered the testing.
So I did.
After four days with no response, I called the family doctors office and spoke with the nurse. She looked in the records and said, "Oh yes. Here it is. They noted you'd called, but could not understand what you wanted."
Yet they could not be bothered to return a phone call to find out.
It's the little things like that make me crazy.