23 February 2009

Testing, testing...1, 2, 3!

The tests this morning went fairly smoothly. We were introduced to the urological oncology team at the HCI led by Dr. Dechet. This test was being done because of a thickening in the bladder wall and because Ford's dad had bladder cancer. Two things were pointed out even before the test was done. First, there had been a CT scan done back in 2007 and the thickening showed up there. When the recent CT scan was compared to that one, there was absolutely no change. The second thing was that this thickening was the whole wall. We were told that if it is cancer, it usually affects only one side or site. When the test was completed, Dr. Dechet said that everything was fine. Sometimes the thickening is caused in aging men by an enlarging of the prostate. He told Ford to keep an eye on it, but not to worry.

We made a mad dash down the hill to the U of U Med Center cardiology department. There was very little wait. However, once Ford was in the room to get the echocardiogram done, the tech was called away for about 20 minutes. When he came back, the test took about 45 minutes. Because the tech was training a student, there was a lot of talk back and forth. The first several times that the tech made comments like "remarkable" and "excellent" and "handsome look," I thought he was referring to his work. However, it turns out that Ford's heart is a great one for looking at and he was able to do quite a bit of teaching because of it. The tech has 27 years of experience and is happy to share what he knows. He told us that the heart is all about 4's. "It's 4 and 4 and 3 plus 1 and 2 plus 2." (In my spare time I may actually try to make sense of what that means.) And it--Ford's heart--works very well. It was really quite fascinating. He invited me to pull up my chair and watch.

Tomorrow we meet first thing with Dr. GleItalicn. We are assuming that we will get the results of the PET scan then. The interesting thing is that at HCI, they let you look at a replay of the scan and explain what they see. After that, it will be "off to chemo we go" and a new experience begins.

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