Anywhoodle. I am sitting on the exam table, Brian is sitting in a chair a bit behind me and Dr. Coffman is next to me on the Doctor stool. He asks us if we have any questions, which Brian and I did have a list. I ask the first one (Why am I soo tired and weak?) Dr. Coffman starts answering the question and let me demonstrate what was going on in my head
Anabelle's Inner Voice, "Gee he really is good looking. I really hope this isn't my last appt. with him. I need to really study his face and remember what he looks like. I should try describing him better on my blog. I don't think he looks like Brad Pitt. Aha! Dr. Sloan!.
Crap! I should really be listening. Am I staring. Focus Anabelle."
Dr. Coffman has now finished his answer and I have NO idea what he said! Brian has now asked another question (What were the results of the pathology tests from the lymphnodes?)
Anabelle's Inner Voice, "Ok this is important you really should listen. Uh huh, uh huh. This doesn't make sense. I should ask Dr. Coffman for a picture to post on my blog! How do I ask him?
"Uh Dr. Coffman would you mind if I took a picture of you? You see, I have a blog and have been journaling my cancer experience."
Dr., "Sure Anabelle that would be fine. What is your blog address? I would like to read it."
Crap! I can't give him my blog address, then I would have to go back and edit all of the posts that said he was cute! how embarrassing if he read that! Maybe I can give him Ami's blog. He wouldn't ask why my blog name was Bunch Babies would he?
I can't ask him for a picture! This stinks!
He stopped talking and I am still staring. Crap again! What now?
So this is why having a blog is a problem. I say good for those of you who have not given into the temptation of starting a blog!
Thank goodness Brian was there to pay attention. When we left I said to Brian, "Ok so tell me what Dr. Coffman was talking about." Brian looks at me for a second then says, "Were you too busy staring at your lovey lovey man to pay attention? Were his good looks distracting you?" So apparently it was obvious!
Anyway, here is the low down on the appointment:
1- He took the dermabond off of my incision. I think it will be almost invisible in a few months!
This was later that night. Yup, I was a little tired!
For the next year I have to either put sunscreen or cover it up when I am out in the sun. I also have to massage it for 15 minutes a day with Eucerin cream. I guess this will make it softer.
2- The cancer had spread to 2 of my lymphnodes. The pathology report confirmed that it was papillary cancer. He did remove both of the lymphnodes. In one of the lymphnodes was a parathyroid gland. The parathyroid gland is what controls your calcium levels so this is why I am still on 3 calcium pills a day.
3- The lethargic-ness is due to having no thyroid. I will continue to be tired until well after my treatment and my thyroid meds are adjusted.
4- I asked if my treatment could be postponed for a week and this was his response, "Why would you want to do that?" I said because of work (the last week of school is the 1st week of my low iodine diet and of being hypo thyroid). He tells me that "Work is not important right now Anabelle. You cannot postpone treatment!" Ok that settles that!
So that was it. I have been released from his care. boo hoo. Not only is he easy on the eyes, he is such a genuine, nice guy! He never made us feel rushed. He always seemed to truly care about my health and well-being. I will miss him.
I am now a patient of Dr. Edwards, an endocrinologist. He will be in charge of the rest of my treatment. I will see him on May 11 and have more info on when the diet will start and when I will have to have the radioactive iodine (RAI). You know I will keep you posted!