Today I slept all day after my tumor biopsy. I tried to read and tried to get started on some freelance work, but all I have been able to do today is sleep and watch episodes of Modern Family because I don’t know how to work the TV remote. The biopsy itself didn’t take very long. I was sedated but didn’t fall asleep. The lidocaine made me numb while the doctor used an ultrasound to take samples of the tumor.

The tumor looked huge on the images I saw, but it could be my imagination. Hopefully the biopsy will shed some light as to why the chemo didn’t shrink the tumor. At the last MRI, it was 1.8 x 1.6 cm and now it’s 2.6 x 2.4 cm. I slept during the two hours I was monitored for bleeding, then I came home and slept all afternoon. I did get some good news in between today’s many naps: The ACA was not repealed.

Last Wednesday, after my disappointing scan result news, I received fluids since I was so dehydrated. I talked to one of the nurses about what was going on and she passed it along to the doctors, who ordered one more test. That night, I rallied and went to a talk with Depeche Mode at the NYU Skirball Center and a Godzilla movie where a live band performed along with the movie. The next day I found out that the fever, chills and digestive issues were because I had salmonella. I have no idea how I got it, especially since my boyfriend and I ate pretty much the same things during the previous week, on vacation and once we got back. It got my mind off of the tumor for a bit.

I’m too tired to write any more, and I pressed something on the TV remote so the TV isn’t working so I am going to back to sleep. I will get the results and more of a game plan next week.


  1. Maureen says:

    Sending you positive thoughts and lots of prayers for good news. Love and hugs, Maureen

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