After sessions of physical therapy, from someone who not only was schooled in orthopedic PT but also oncological PT, and work on my own, the orthopod let me out of the brace, though he did suggest I still sleep with it at night to help ensure that I follow the proper precautions, something to which I readily agreed, in as much as we have come too far and have too much at stake to have this go wrong. I’m still on the cane.
The Pet Scan originally scheduled weeks and weeks ago for this past Tuesday was re-scheduled for this morning (insurance snafu), and so I do not meet with the oncologist until just this afternoon, rather than this past Tuesday as originally scheduled.
Well worth the wait, however, as the news could hardly have been much better. While I am NOT “in remission” per se, per the doc the test showed, “minimum residual disease”, which is welcome news indeed and about as good as it gets.
My next test is in mid-April, which should provide ample time to recover from the dislocated artificial hip injury (6-12 weeks in a hip brace) followed by an appointment with the oncologist to see what’s next after that.
After a rough few months, we’ve had a couple of weeks of very welcome, good news. I am a most fortunate man. Wow!
I guess I need to run as a Democrat for the US House of Representatives in the Missouri 2nd District.
Got some good news on Tuesday from the orthopedic surgeon in that I do not any longer need to wear the hip brace (dislocated artificial hip, exacerbated by chemotherapy) during the day, after having been in it for a little over six weeks. I still need to wear it at night and otherwise take it easy with this injury. I am still on a cane, but I am back to driving, short distances during daylight anyway. Very light workouts at the gym are not far behind. Follow up with that doctor is in three months.
Also, met with the radiation oncologist Wednesday morning and so far anyway no residual effects from the radiation that ended a couple of months ago, so I don't need to see him for six months.
Tests to see if I still show "minimal residual disease" three months after the Pet Scan established that a couple of weeks ago, are scheduled for mid-April. I am a most fortunate man. I’ve survived cancer, at least for now, and have enjoyed the embrace of family and friends. Wow!