Received The Appointments

About 7:30am. the phone rang. It was from NCI in Maryland where it is three hours ahead from West coast. The kind patients’ coordinator said she would email me the appointment schedule for the screening and asked if there was anything else I would like to know.
As soon as I hung up, I jumped out of bed and opened the computer. There it was! I found her email with the screening schedule.

6:30am   Lab
8:20am   CT followed by EKG
11:15am   Physical exam

2:00pm   ECHO

8:00am~ 11:30   Bone scan
If I pass the screening, I will see the study doctor again and also have a financial conference.

6:00am   A catheter placement for the blood withdraw to collect dendritic cells to make a vaccine.
7:30am   Apheresis (blood withdraw, which will take 6-7 hours including the time to remove the catheter and post-monitor)

After confirming the schedule, I made a reservation of the flight, hotel, and rental car. Since I have to stop all chemo one week prior to the screening, I emailed the oncologist to let her know the schedule, also. As this week is actually an off chemo week, if I pass the screening, I will have a long break until next spring, when I find out the response of the vaccine.

Now I only need to wait for the day of the departure, but the persistent cough, which started in August, has been getting worse and that is concerning me. Also, while I was on the phone trying to make a reservation for a rental car, I experienced something like Vertigo. Everything around me was swinging or spinning. I have had a moment of swinging, which made me wonder if it was an earthquake several times in the summer, but this time it was clearer and longer like about 10-15 seconds.
If cancer metastasized in the brain, I am not able to receive the vaccine. I hope this is not the sign of metastasis.

So again this is like the Hawaii trip. Until I get there and pass the screening, I am uncertain and I have to continually pray for God’s protection and guidance.

8 thoughts on “Received The Appointments

  1. Lenore,

    Thank you so much for the encouragement! This is just a beginning, bit I am so thankful that after Four months! I finally could see the entrance!

  2. Oh my gosh Kathy I am so very excited for you. I have still been reading all your blogs and it is like reading a good novel. I keep waiting for the next chapter. I hope and pray this goes well for you and I will continue to follow you. I love you Kathy. Love Aunt Pat

  3. Hi Aunt Pat,

    Thank you so much for the encouragement! Half of me is nervous but another half of me is excited. My next goal is to have the screening without any delay or problems and pass it. Please continually pray for me! Thank you again!

  4. I certainly will continue to pray for you Kathy. I wish the tests were in Boston that way we could visit you. I will keep checking to see how everything goes. With love Aunt Pat

  5. Aunt Pat,

    I agree! I wish Bethesda were much closer to your home, and then my trip would become really fun and blessed! Thank you again for your prayer!

  6. Kathy, You are in my prayers each morning. As Jesus said many times in the Bible, “You’re faith has healed you'” The way you live your live shows your faith to others every day. You have touched so many lives with your strength. I will be holding good thoughts as you travel to Maryland. I am now wrapping my arms around you with a big hug! YOU GO, GIRL! Your friend, Pat

  7. Hi Pat,

    Thank you so much for your encouragement and prayer! Those are exactly what I need. For this visit, the risk is minimum, so I want to make the most with George in Maryland where I have never been. GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!

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