Finally almost got a diagnosis

Lc jones

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I’m sending you huge hugs right now, and sending prayers up for your peace and comfort. We all will go one day and none of us know when. So I hope you can enjoy each day as much as you can, that’s what I try to do......❤❤❤❤❤🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
 

grannyjo

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I'm really not in any pain, I take steroids and painkillers. The worst is the itchy skin rash that I have developed. I don't need oxygen yet.
As for a prognosis - no-one can really tell. Anywhere from 12 months to 5 years, it depends on how rapidly the cancer spreads.

I have a lady who comes in once a week to help me with the more difficult tasks - vacuuming, changing the bed linen and hanging out the washing. It is a Government subsidised service so I pay $15 Au per hour.

I also have another lady who takes me in her car to go shopping, helps me bring it home and put it away. She is a volunteer and I contribute $5 Au towards her petrol costs.

There's a bus at the end of my driveway, so I can go into town or the larger shopping mall without having to walk far. For more distant trips, we have Community Transport that will take me door to door - costs $13 Au for each return trip.

To look at me, you wouldn't notice anything, apart from the weight I have lost. I have noticed that I'm not as strong as I was, but then, I am getting older too.

Thank you everyone for your kind words and prayers. I'll be around for a while, just popping in here and there.
 

Liberty

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Location
Texas
Grannyjo...do you have any relatives you feel close to?
 

hollydolly

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London England
@grannyjo , I'm pleased you're still able to get out and about, albeit with some help sometimes, and not in any pain, that's great news.. however does your GP know about the itchy skin?...could it be caused by the steroids?
 

Pepper

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I'm really not in any pain, I take steroids and painkillers. The worst is the itchy skin rash that I have developed. I don't need oxygen yet.
As for a prognosis - Anywhere from 12 months to 5 years, it depends on how rapidly the cancer spreads.
Yes, grannyjo, prognosis can be told. The rapidity of the cancer is based on the cellular type it is, not the stage. For example, is the tumor adenocarcinoma? oat cell carcinoma? etc., as there are many kinds, but particularly, is it small cell or not small cell? Unfortunately, I understand this cancer all too well. I am so very sorry, you've been on my mind Constantly, I mean this sincerely. Also, are (were) you a smoker? Do you still smoke? I won't bother you with anymore questions. If you would rather PM the answers, please please do. If you don't, well anything you want is fine by me. However, if you don't know the answers, you must find this out. If you have as long as Years, in the United States at least, you can experience remission, but this depends on the cell type. 💓💓💓
 

grannyjo

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It will be 5 to 8 weeks before I will know what sort of cancer I have. That's because that is how long it takes to get an appointment to have the CT guided needle biopsy.

The itchy rash I can control with using Witch Hazel - just dab it on and it dries and stops the itching.

I was a smoker - until 20 years ago. But I was also in the area of Australia in the mid 1950's when the Atomic bombs were being tested here. It was all very hush hush, and no-one warned us of any consequent problems.

Most likely was the smoking though, I must admit.
 
Grannyjo, I would have made the same decision as you did.

I'll hold you in my heart.

Just one (inoffensive, I hope) question -- why are you going ahead with the bopsy if you've alreaady made your decision? I doubt I would do that.
 

grannyjo

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Butterfly - it is as Pepper said - if you know which sort of cancer you have, you can get a fairly reasonable prognosis, although those are made up of averages.

Some live longer, some live shorter lives.
 

grannyjo

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OK, so I've got the appointment for the needle biopsy lung test next Tuesday.

Just hoping that it goes well.

I'm still feeling quite OK.

This corona virus has put the wind up with everyone who is a bit older. Me included.

Reckon I'll be OK though. I haven't been out shopping for a fortnight. I usually do have enough food on hand to sustain me for about a month.
 

Pinky

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Location
Toronto
OK, so I've got the appointment for the needle biopsy lung test next Tuesday.

Just hoping that it goes well.

I'm still feeling quite OK.

This corona virus has put the wind up with everyone who is a bit older. Me included.

Reckon I'll be OK though. I haven't been out shopping for a fortnight. I usually do have enough food on hand to sustain me for about a month.
Will be thinking of you, and hoping all goes well. Pleased to hear you're feeling okay :) Have you got anyone who could pick up shopping needs for you before you start to run low?
 

grannyjo

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Had the needle biopsy yesterday with guided CT scan.

It was done under a local anaesthetic - a bit ouchy at times.

He took 4 fine needle aspirations, and 4 core samples - they were the ones that hurt a bit.

I was in the hospital for over 6 hours. The actual procedure didn't take so long, but had to stay there in a bed, while they checked that I didn't have any excessive bleeding, and more importantly, did not have a collapsed lung.

I slept well last night and feel fine again this morning.

Have to wait at least 4 working days for the results, and then I will have a phone consultation with the lung specialist.
 

hollydolly

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Had the needle biopsy yesterday with guided CT scan.

It was done under a local anaesthetic - a bit ouchy at times.

He took 4 fine needle aspirations, and 4 core samples - they were the ones that hurt a bit.

I was in the hospital for over 6 hours. The actual procedure didn't take so long, but had to stay there in a bed, while they checked that I didn't have any excessive bleeding, and more importantly, did not have a collapsed lung.

I slept well last night and feel fine again this morning.

Have to wait at least 4 working days for the results, and then I will have a phone consultation with the lung specialist.
Are you glad it's over grannyjo...?.. I know you've still got the wait to hear the results, and how you have to deal with them, but the actual procedure must have been making you quite anxious beforehand was it?..I'm so sorry to hear you have to endure all this, you sound so stoical and brave, I'm sure I wouldn't be as brave as you in the same circumstances.

Pleased you're feeling fine today, and thanks for the update we're really interested and praying for the best outcome for you... 🧡
 

Pinky

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Location
Toronto
Sounds like they took good care of you, grannyjo. You have a wonderful health-care system where you are. Good to hear you had a good sleep and feel good today. I hope this continues.
 

grannyjo

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Just got the news that my cataract operation will be going ahead on 2nd April.

They were waiting to see if I came through the lung biopsy well.

Good thing I usually bounce back from most things with not too many problems.

I do have a mostly positive outlook and I think that helps.
 
Had the needle biopsy yesterday with guided CT scan.

It was done under a local anaesthetic - a bit ouchy at times.

He took 4 fine needle aspirations, and 4 core samples - they were the ones that hurt a bit.

I was in the hospital for over 6 hours. The actual procedure didn't take so long, but had to stay there in a bed, while they checked that I didn't have any excessive bleeding, and more importantly, did not have a collapsed lung.

I slept well last night and feel fine again this morning.

Have to wait at least 4 working days for the results, and then I will have a phone consultation with the lung specialist.
Grannyjo, you are a much braver woman than I am. Hugs and prayers to you!
 

grannyjo

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Was told on Thursday that my cataract operation will not be going ahead. Have to go back on the wait list until the coronavirus panic has subsided.

Also got the results of the needle biopsy. I have small cell lung cancer.

Also had a little accident on Thursday night. Turned too quickly, lost my balance and crashed down to the floor. Managed to knock myself out for a while. When I woke up, I made my way to my bed.

All fine, until I put my hand to my head and it came away covered in blood. I'd managed to split my skull skin open a bit.

Phoned the ambulance and they got here in 10 minutes.

Took me to hospital and they glued the skin split together, but also took X-Rays of various bits of me to make sure I hadn't damaged anything else.

Stayed in hospital overnight.

I'm fine again now, apart from the bruised egg on the back of my head.
 

Pepper

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(((grannyjo)))
Do you have family nearby? (If you said yes or no before, I'm sorry I don't remember.)
 


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