Thursday, September 9, 2010

Bring a can of WD-40 with you to the doctor...

Had the orthopedic doctor's appointment a week and a half ago, and my knee isn't as bad as they thought.  From the symptoms, it seemed like I may have had a tear in the meniscus.  But after the MRI, it wasn't that, but a lot of the cartilage in the area, especially behind my knee cap, is just about gone.  So, short of a total knee replacement, there's not much they can do besides some "lubrication" shots (which I automatically began thinking they would connect a can of WD-40 to a needle).  Which I should start those very soon, at least hopefully.   Besides, I'm way too young for a knee replacement.  On top of the WD-40, I started taking that Glucosamine combination stuff, so we'll see if that helps. 

I was actually able to get a short ride on the bike today also.  Lord am I out of shape!  That's alright though, I have a refreshed outlook on my health and all that.  I have a long way to go to be able to do one of my "epic" trips, but a couple of books I've picked up lately and websites I've found have inspired me to really focus on the goal.  So, we'll see how things turn out.  Who knows, I may even be living in a different state by then. ;-)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

May scan was great

My latest scans/tests were back in May. The bone-marrow doctor told me everything looked as good as they could possibly be. Pretty good relief for me. I told me regular oncologist, and she told me that with Hodgkin's, if it's going to come back, it will do so usually within the first year or so. So to have perfectly clear scans at this point (18 months from the transplant) is great news. Although it's still possible for something to happen, I'm feeling a little bit more confident that I'm in the clear. Now all I need to do is get back into shape. It's been so hard trying to exercise, it's not even funny. Even after 18 months, I still get winded very quickly, and just don't have much drive to work out as much as I should. I figured the after-effects of all the treatments would do this, but not for this long. Although I have read about some people feeling this way for up to five years. I surely hope it doesn't take that long for me. On top of all that, I've been having problems with my knee again. The past few months it's been hurting like crazy. I've been seeing an orthopedic, and he's fairly sure I have a torn meniscus and maybe even some damaged cartilage on the back of my knee cap. I'll be scheduling an MRI to find out for sure. So, that means probably another surgery on my knee (this will make three). So, my summer is done for. O'well, as long as they get my knee feeling better, that's all I care about. I know before, I may have mentioned some things I've been wanting to do, like some good mountain bike trips, maybe even a bike-packing trips (backpacking, but instead of hiking, riding a mountain bike). Those have been put on hold until next year, until my knee is better and I can get into shape.

On to other news. This past May I went on a trip to my mom's, up in Maryland. Had a great time, although the weather wasn't great. Took a trip to Baltimore harbor, which is really nice. Some different boats to go on, a cool aquarium, a really cool looking Hard Rock Cafe, and other things to see. I really enjoyed it. Since the trip, I've just been working a lot. Maybe too much, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do. Maybe things will turn for the better on the job status soon. I'm in training to be certified as a Fire Inspector level 2. Once I finish it up, and maybe get some experience under my belt, I'll be able to get a job as an Inspector. Which would be great. Regular Monday thru Friday schedule, good pay, and I'll still be part of the fire department. Pretty cool. So, hopefully things will work out for me on this.

Well, nothing more to report on. I'll write again as soon as I know something about my knee, and any else that may happen. Hope those of you that actually read this are doing good. I know I don't communicate nearly as much as I probably should. For that I apologize. Just not much to report when all ya do is work. Hopefully when my knee gets better, and I'm able to get back in shape and all, this blog will morph into some sort of super exciting record of my amazing adventures. Haha, we'll see. Until then, God bless.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Latest tests look great

Just had my latest PET scan a few weeks ago, and everything looks good.  They wanted to re-do the PET scan from November because there was still a bit of "activity" showing.  Not enough to call it cancer again, but more than normal.  What they mean by activity is: on the scan, it shows how active the cells are.  Someone without cancer will show 0.  Whereas, when I was diagnosed, the activity was up to around 8 to 10, which definitely means cancer.  Well, the scans back in November showed activity around the 2.8 to 3 range.  Which doesn't mean cancer, but shows something is going on.  They weren't too sure what it meant, either the cancer was coming back, or an infection can show the same thing.  So, they wanted to give it a few months and do another scan.  So, the latest one showed the activity around 2.3 to 2.5.  Which is great, in that it shows the activity is lowering a bit.  Not quite 0 yet, but it shows improvement.  My Oncologist explained that with Hodgkin's, that activity will show for quite a while (i.e. a few years) while the lymph nodes recover from all the treatment.  And with Hodgkin's, if it was going to reoccur, it reoccurs very fast like it did the first time.  So, with it being well over a year without it coming back, my chances of staying in remission are looking great.  Praise God!  I'm so ready to be done with this stuff. 
 
Other than all of that, nothing much has been going on with me.  Just working a lot.  This summer is looking to be fun.  Going up to my mom's in May for a week.  This summer I'm looking to do some fun stuff, like camping, white-water rafting, zip-lining, and what ever else may come up.  We'll see.  I'm just looking to have some relaxing fun.  And yes, white-water rafting is relaxing to me.  It fills that urge to do something exciting, and afterwords I'm able to relax and reflect on what I just did.  And it helps me to realize I don't have to dwell on wether or not the cancer is back, which I tend to do a lot.  Maybe everyone who's had cancer does this, I don't know.  But I sure do.  And getting the good news from the scan, I'm slowly realizing I can stop worrying about the cancer, and focus more on other things, like my fitness.  Which I should have been doing all along, but I got into a slump of thinking" why should I bother working out if I'm going to have to go through treatment again."  I know that thinking like that is wrong, but in my mind, it was a very rational thing to do.  So, I'm working on getting over that, among other things.  I may even meet up with a personal trainer to help figure out a plan that would work best for me. 
 
Until next time, let's hope and pray that this streak of good news continues.