As some of you may remember, last fall I found a small lump just under my ribs. It turned out to be a desmoid tumor and isn't that big a deal, but did still have to come out. And while there is no worry of it spreading elsewhere or becoming malignant, it does have about a 30% chance of coming back in that same spot so requires some monitoring. My doctor recommended MRIs as the best option, and suggested getting one every 6 months or so for a while to keep an eye on things. So back in May I went in for my first post-op MRI, and then last week I had my second one.
The results are good-- my scar looks like it's healed up nicely, and there is no evidence of a new lump growing. AND, my doctor now thinks there is no need to keep going back for more MRIs. The spot where the growth was is close enough to the surface that I should be able to just feel by hand any new lumps that might appear, and we have a good set of baseline scan images for comparison if I do feel something and need to get it checked out (one thing about desmoid tumors is they basically look like scar tissue, so it's important to know what is my "normal" scar tissue from the surgery vs new, abnormal growth).
Now, y'all know I love hanging out inside a cramped machine while it makes loud noises at me as much as the next gal, but the news that I don't need to go back for any more MRIs was like a big weight lifted off my shoulders. I was able to get a CD of the MRI scans so we can have our own copy to keep for future reference. Hopefully, though, I won't ever need them.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Monday, December 02, 2013
The days have turned colder, and we're spending more time inside, and one result of that has been the boys developing this game of jumping from dining chairs onto the couch, then onto the big brown chair, and climbing their way around the room back to the dining chairs and lather rinse repeat. The other morning they started jumping and I grabbed my camera, and captured a few hundred photos of this total amazingness. it took a lot for me to whittle it down to only share these few individual pics.
Friday, November 29, 2013
One of the weirder aspects of winter that I had not expected until I experienced it, was how you can have the outside temperature can be in the teens and yet the snow and ice is melting (because of the sun shining on it). We had one of those days recently, leading to some pretty epic icicles forming along our roof and on the toys scattered below. It was pretty cool... expect for the massive icicle I found in the bushes. That one was a bit scary. Wouldn't want that falling on you...
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
I'm excited about the snow. I've been feeling pretty bummed out by the cold and winter in general, but the snow at least makes everything so pretty and pure and helps make up for the rest of it. Of course, today also reminded me of the less-stellar aspects of snow-- all the layers, the mess of wet boots and mittens when everyone walks back in the door, icy sidewalks and porches... Oh yeah, and today it was really fucking cold. All day long we've had massive gusts of wind blowing snow everywhere, not pleasant. This is our second and last New England winter, and while I'm very glad for the chance to experience it and have our time in the snow, I will be quite happy to go back to our mild California "winters" after this year is done...
Snow on our porch last night. Always reminds me of powdered sugar.