It’s been six weeks since I’ve visited with my oncologist and, in typical fashion, I waited much too long to get in to my appointment. I just don’t understand, especially in the morning, why I should have to wait over an hour. And it happens every time. I was spoiled by my radiology appointments, where I never waited more than 5 minutes.
At any rate, the appointment started with a draw of seven vials of blood. We need to re-do the hormone tests since the last ones were “in the middle”. I’m hoping this round is more conclusive, because it sure seemed like I was giving up a lot of blood, and I don’t want to have to do this a third time. I also had my port flushed. And then I waited. And waited. Thank God for my Kindle!
Once seen, my appointment was relatively quick. Seven minutes, tops. The doctor said she thought I was doing really well (I would concur) and here is what we covered:
- She will call me in a few days with the results of my hormone tests and will let me know what she will be prescribing for my hormone blocker. I suspect it will be Aromasin (some potential side effects: bone pain; vision problems; swelling in hands or feet; hot flashes; headache, tired feeling; joint pain; upset stomach; sleep problems (insomnia); or increased sweating. Oh joy.
- I explained that I was feeling arthritic in my hands and legs and she said “good to know” because I will get bone pain from the Aromasin, but that it would go away in about a month. (This from the woman who said my hair would start growing back in 2 weeks…). But her answer didn’t really address why I have the pain now…
- I should go back and see my urologist (kidney check up) in the next 6 months.
- I need to go for a dexascan to baseline my bone density.
- They will help me schedule the procedure to have my portacath removed (yea!).
- I will need to go for a colonoscopy at some point also. (I brought this up since it’s been almost 5 years since I went.)
- I will go back to the oncologist (or rather the PA) in 6 weeks and 12 weeks to make sure I’m handling my hormone blocker ok. And then I will only have to go every 3 months after that.
Let me just say that I don’t mean to sound like I’m dissing my oncologist. She’s very smart, typically very funny and friendly, and I have a lot of confidence in her. But she’s a little scattered and drives me a little nutty sometimes.
In the end, I’m just grateful to be feeling so good and to have chemo and radiation in my rear view mirror!