Still in pain
Things I've learned today:
There are a lot of farms between the Twin Cities and Rochester, Minnesota.
The Mayo clinic down here is like a giant posh hotel.
Just because you're at a place where a lot of people have cancer, doesn't mean the employees working there are sensitive to this fact. And when checking your ID, they just might say something stupid like, "Oh, you got your haircut."
My surgeon is good...really good. According to the neuro-oncologist who saw us today, the surgery Dr. Kennedy did was actually quite difficult. And the fact that he was able to remove all the tumor without causing major brain damage was quite amazing.
Dr. Ohm, the neuro-oncolgist, also believes I should have a spinal tap (or lumbar puncture, as doctor's call it). He doesn't believe I have cancer in the spine, but this test should mostly rule it out. It's scheduled for tomorrow. He told me that if nothing else, the test could give me peace of mind (except that's what my oncologist said when ordering my brain scan...yikes!).
I'm still in awe of and so thankful for my husband and his knowledge of all things medical.
The doctors here aren't sure what exactly is causing my headaches either. In addition to testing for cancer cells in my spinal fluid, they are doing a test tomorrow that checks for a fungus in my brain, which might be the pain culprit. Doesn't that sound funny...fungus of in the brain!
In addition to having tests done tomorrow, I'll also be seeing an oncologist, to discuss treatment options, especially chemotherapy options.
Let's hope I get some answers tomorrow, and that all the tests lead to no more cancer.