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02 June 2009 @ 11:03 am
Worried...  
HalfshellHusband's MRI got processed, and his doctor called to tell us that there is a growth in the bone/muscle in the area of HSH's knee that's been aching for months now.

The doctor said it "may" be bone cancer, which is rare and usually starts somewhere else. So HSH has gotten chest x-rays now and is waiting to get appointments for a CTscan and a biopsy (Oakland facility). The sooner the better, since it took a month for that MRI that points toward panic as far as we're both concerned.

I had a sleepless night, as you can imagine, and I'm afraid to plan anything for the summer.

While we don't want to borrow trouble, since we don't know actually what this is yet, I can't help worrying because I can't think of anything ELSE that an unexpected "growth" points to. It's gotten much worse in the last month while waiting for that MRI, and HSH can hardly get his shoe on over the swelling now.

I'll be over here biting all my fingernails off. :(

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Tam 'O Bedlam: cactus sunsetangstpuppy on June 2nd, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
Lighting candles, thinking good thoughts for you and yours. *hugs*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 3rd, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
Thank you very much. I sure hope this turns out to be something minor and not what we're fearing right now.

*hugs*
daybright: hugdaybright on June 2nd, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
hugs and good thoughts your way
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 3rd, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
Thank you-- I appreciate them!
JJ: brothers huggingjolietjones on June 2nd, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
I hope it turns out to be something simple so you can be all 'doh! we were so silly to worry so much'.

What a shame they have to make you wait so long.

*hugs*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 3rd, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
I hope so too-- something not common, but not dangerous. It's already been months since the first symptoms started, and things have only gotten more swollen and painful in the meantime. I hope that lost time won't turn out to be important. *sighs*
Little Australian Bundle Of Delightful Joy: hugshuggenkiss on June 2nd, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
I desperately hope that this is something not-cancer like you said. I'll be thinking of you. *hugs*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 3rd, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
I hope so too. It's impossible not to worry, now that the possibility has been mentioned, especially given how long it's taken for a diagnosis (which we still don't actually have).
Princess Robot Bubblegum!: faith dean2astrothsknot on June 2nd, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
Thinking of you
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 3rd, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
Thank you, Heather.
brigid_tanner: boys-hug Dean's facebrigid_tanner on June 2nd, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
This is not the news I was hoping for. I'm so sorry. Hope the follow up tests don't take as long to schedule, and that it's better news.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 3rd, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
It was somewhere around Friday that this possibility began to occur to me, and I started to worry then. That phone call raised the possibility.

I hope the tests will give us a much safer answer, and I really hope we can get them finished soon. The month to get that MRI was ridiculous.

*hugs*
alienmom: heart light speedalienmom on June 2nd, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
sending you some healing vibes for your gangled nerves. doctors love to drop the worst case scenario first. it makes everything else look better.

just remember, the worst part is the waiting. once you know what's going on, it can get taken care of.

*shoomshes you & HSH*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 3rd, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
The waiting IS awful, and you want the answer within days and not over several weeks. Looks like HSH won't be able to have any additional tests done until next week, which seems like too long!

I sure hope it's 'nothing.' HSH doesn't need any more stress right now, and I know I don't.
ErinRua: Snuggleerinrua on June 2nd, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, honey. I'm keeping you both in my thoughts, and beaming healing, hopeful vibes your way. *HUGS*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 3rd, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I wish we knew the answer already, and I really want it to be the good answer when we finally get it.
When it is darkest, men see the stars.witchofthedogs on June 3rd, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
Sending all my good thoughts your way.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 3rd, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
Thank you-- I sure need them. *hugs*
Chat Noir: mich sucre hugmaster_chatnoir on June 3rd, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
I'll keep you and HSH in my thoughts and keep my fingers crossed. I hope you get some definitive answers soon. {{{{hugs}}}}
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 3rd, 2009 06:21 am (UTC)
Thank you, Col. I hope so too-- I don't want weeks or months to go by while we wait for scheduling. :(
blackcat333_99blackcat333_99 on June 3rd, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
First off: *hugs*

Secondly: (after having skimmed through the comments too)

HMO? I assume that that's the reason for the month delay in getting the MRI. Which... is still longer than I'd have expected (I work in the medical field -- for an orthopedic dr). However, since getting Prior Authorizations from your insurance is most likely a necessity for most every big test, etc you need, here's the dealio: check and see if there's a provision to applying for your PAs to expedite it/them. It usually means the ordering physician specifically ordering it as an expedited/emergency type of necessity. Not sure exactly what your insurance would call it, but it's probably there as a provision. This is not the standard way of getting a PA -- most PA requests automatically go through normal (slower) channels. Maybe you'll get lucky and things can be expedited. The request (if made -- this may take a little extra effort on your doctor's part, if it's a provision that's available through your insurance) may still be denied to be fast-tracked, but honestly for the pain levels and the worry it's worth at least looking into.

Second B: A consult appt prior to a biopsy is what I'm assuming is actually where the Dr. is going to perform a History & Physical (H&P) (aka pre-op appointment) prior to any invasive procedure. A lot of biopsies are considered surgeries, and for surgeries H&P's are actually a hospital (Fed?State?) mandated protocol, so it's not something the doctor has any control over whether or not he wants to have this appointment prior to the biopsy. So if that helps with understanding the usual "way things are done" and can help you not feel stressed with what seems to be a waste of time, hopefully it's all now clear as mud, lol.

Finally: *hugs* Best wishes to you and hubby.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 3rd, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
We have Kaiser Insurance, which has done well for us in the past, but as budgets have gotten tighter over the years the responsiveness/etc. gets worse. In this case, it was the problem of a SINGLE MRI facility for the greater Metro area, which also handles emergencies. They have very few "open" appts., which is bad.

The biopsy is in Oakland, and you're right- they're taking a History & Physical first, which you'd think they would combine with the biopsy given that he has to drive all that way! But argh... because you have to get an appt. for the H&P, and then schedule an appt for the biopsy, and the upshot again is that time passes. :(

Thanks for the info, though, because that really helps ease the frustration now that I know WHY the process is maddeningly slow and what to expect.

*hugs you too*
scarlett_oscarlett_o on June 3rd, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
*hugs* I will hold good thoughts for you both.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 3rd, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Lynne!
alazysod on June 3rd, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
I'm sending every good vibe to you *HUGS*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 3rd, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Gina!
The Grammarian about whom your mother warned you.: Sad Stitch.  :(acostilow on June 3rd, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
Oh, honey. *cuddles*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 3rd, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
That icon sure says it all-- never rains but it pours. :(
Rosie: Stock - heart in a jarrosie_spleen on June 3rd, 2009 06:27 am (UTC)
Thinking of you all, lady. Loads of positive thoughts your way.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 3rd, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Rosie! I sure hope we're worrying about nothing, but it'll probably be weeks before we even know. :(