|Sleeping at Chemo this Morning|
I am so pleased to have radiation behind me. I realize that I have two treatments left, and then about ten days where it actually festers and gets worse (or gets more cooked as the doctor told me today), however for all intents and purposes it is done.
This week has provided some other good news. Many of you know that I was not comfortable moving ahead with the TRAM Flap Reconstruction because of how it will affect my level of physical activity permanently. So with a little research I found a procedure called the DIEP Flap, which saves the major abdominal muscle, thereby giving me a better chance for a full, active recovery. Click here for more detailed information on the DIEP procedure.
The challenge was to find a surgeon who could do this procedure. There was only one in BC and the wait was about eight months. So I had made arrangements to go to the US for a consult with a surgeon there. Fortunately for me, both my Oncologist and my Breast Surgeon understood the urgency my type of cancer presented and they reached out to the local surgeon to get me an appointment.
I met with Dr. Mac on Tuesday. She was very good. Young, well spoken, kind and she knew her stuff. After her assessment of me everything was on track for booking me into surgery around mid-March. Then I happened to mention the possibility of me having anti-phospholipid syndrome. You see, I had five miscarriages over the period of time I was trying to have children, and although no tests were definitive, they decided I had idiosyncratic anti-phospholipid syndrome for lack of any other diagnosis. Also, the fact the Heparin worked to allow me to have Ben and Kate was another possible indicator. As it turns out, patients with anti-phospholipid syndrome are not candidates for this type of surgery because the risk of getting a blood clot that will kill the newly transplanted flap is too great.
My hopes were dashed. The doctor promptly closed her book and said we cannot do anything further until she has some answers. Wade and I were so disappointed leaving the office. At first the huge high over being a candidate, then the big let down. Still, I didn't believe it would be an issue, so I made a call to a haematologist I had seen in July who specifically tested for anti-phospholipid to see what the results were.
I got the good news as I was lying on a hospital bed yesterday getting my burns treated. No evidence of any clotting problems! Phew! Such great news. Now all I have to wait for when I see the surgeon next week and hope that she hasn't changed her mind about taking me on as a patient and that she will be able to book me in ASAP.
Lots of little miracles this week.
|Photo Credit: Louise Docker from sydney, Australia|
Now that it is February let your heart shine! My blog will be full of hearts this month, lots of healthy happy hearts!