Writings of a teachermom, choosing to stay home with her kids, while loathing all domestic responsibilities! In late Aug. 2008, I was diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer. After surgery, chemo and radiation, I was given theall clear. However, in the late summer of 2008, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which metasticized to other areas.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Scan was good

You know why people lose so much weight on the Atkins Diet? Because they can’t eat ANYTHING!!!!!

I had to have a PET Scan today, which is a scan on my entire body. To prep for it, I couldn’t drink any caffeine on Sunday or today, and I had to be low on the carbs. Since coffee and carbs are two of the three staples in my diet, this was not an easy task. (Wine would be the third staple..which I allowed myself to indulge in since I wasn’t told otherwise!).

All day yesterday I was hungry, but couldn’t find anything in my house that didn’t have major carbs in them. I don’t like vegetables, and most meat requires that you take the time to prepare and cook it. No wonder I’ve lost like 4 pounds in the past 2 days! This morning I couldn’t eat past 8:00 (my appt was at noon). I woke up at 6:30 so that I could feast on something, only to find myself staring at a full pantry with nothing to consume. Everything has carbs! From cereal to yogurt to waffles! I don’t like eggs, and the thought of having to cook bacon so early in the morning made me want to vomit.

Add my lack of food to my lack of caffeine and you can imagine how pleasant I was. When I finally was able to consume something….the thick, sweet, milky drink that the tech said tasted like a pina colada…I actually kind of enjoyed it, even though it tasted NOTHING like the tropical drink. I actually had to sit for an hour and just relax, while sipping on my mocktail. Except for the needle puncture where the radioactive liquid was injected, and except for my choice of reading material (trying to actually do that homework the doctor assigned), I was in heaven…just sitting and relaxing for an hour. I can’t remember when the last time was that I had the chance to do that!

Then it got better. I actually had to just lie down for 30 minutes, with no interruptions! Okay, it was a little strange being in this big tube. And the moment the tech said I couldn’t move, I suddenly felt itches all over my body that I wasn’t allowed to scratch. But aside from the initial discomfort, I was all swaddled up and with the hum of the machine and the faint sound of music in the background, I quickly fell fast asleep.

Now these kinds of tests, yes, I can handle them. Anything that is painless and allows me to relax giving me a slight break from the whines and screams that beckon me throughout the day, I’ll take any day.

I already have the results back, and the doctor said that there was no other sign of cancerous activity in my body, except for the slight activity around the lymph nodes, but that is probably due to the trauma experienced when having the biopsy done.

Tomorrow I have an MRI. I specifically asked if I could drink my caffeine and eat my carbs and they assured me that it was okay. So right now I’m snacking on the ultimate carb…chocolate chip cookies. But not just any chip kind, but rather Sweet Martha’s cookies, from the State Fair. If you’re a Minnesotan, you know exactly what I’m talking about it! YUMMY!!!!

Again, I’d like to thank everyone for all the well wishes and prayers. The outpouring of care and concern has been quite overwhelming for me, as I’m one who doesn’t like to be the center of attention. But it is great to know that I’m loved. The advice offered from those “anonymous” folks and those near and dear to me is most appreciated. For all those offering help, I’m not even sure what to ask for. Life goes on as usual around here, at least until the surgery occurs. Then I’m sure I’ll be calling for some help. Because although my kids will be elated to eat cereal every night for dinner, I don’t think my husband will be too thrilled. Again, thank you so much everyone! Your words of encouragement really help keep my spirits up.

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At 9:52 PM, Blogger Ann said...

Do I make too many comments???

This deserves a second post today - awesome news about the scan and the re-intro of carbs. Don't ever go near the south beach diet. No/limited carbs for TWO weeks in phase 1. Yikes!

At 5:58 AM, Anonymous Mom said...

All I can say........Hallelujah for the first round of results!!!
My hug (squeeze) from long distance (o)!!!!

At 7:41 AM, Anonymous angela said...

Yay! I am so glad about today's results! And I am glad you get your carbs back. That would be a deal breaker for me! And coffee-oh, yes. What is a mama to do without it?

Maybe you'll get another nap in today...

Hey, leave it to you to think of the photo on my blog as a butt shot! hahahaha! I should bring out some on his baby pictures!

At 3:58 PM, Anonymous Pat Harry said...

Cari - Your mother shared the good news with me!! I second her hallelujah! I love reading your blog, gives a little chuckle as a reminder when I was raising little ones, now a teenager,,UGH!
Will continue to pray for you and your family.

Pat Harry

At 8:23 PM, Anonymous Angi Cullinan said...

I am so happy the scan came back good. You have so much humor in your story it is truly amazing. Blssing!


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