Time to ‘Buddy Up!", boys and girls…

I’ve been reading some of the Facebook pages about oral and head and neck cancers, and I’m quite surprised at how many people don’t really know what is going on with their treatments, or the treatments of a loved one. And in way too many cases, people just don’t know how to cope with the entire situation. I seriously recommend that before you do much else in your battle with cancer, you select a ‘buddy’ to help you through this. Oh, please, don’t give me that macho I-can-do-this-on-my-own bullshit. The odds are really good that you’ve never been here before. … Continue reading Time to ‘Buddy Up!", boys and girls…

We need a Canadian push… Oral, head and neck cancer awareness

The Oral Cancer Foundation in the States is starting to make some serious headway in the awareness campaign to make people sit up and take notice  of the need for early detection of Oral, Head and Neck cancers.  Hell, look what early detection did for me!  Leveraging the good work of the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance’s ‘walks’ organized around the free screening program that is being promoted for a week in April, this year from April 12th ’til the 18th (2010), they are aggressively targeting the broad spectrum of the population who just don’t get it, but might.  Now that sounds … Continue reading We need a Canadian push… Oral, head and neck cancer awareness

A violent few days…

The Monday has dawned as a bright, warmish (for March in northern Alberta!) day after a week and weekend of violence… both man-made and another example of Mother Nature pushing back. Late last week in Ontario, just outside of Belleville, an eighteen year old boy murdered two people while trying to get at his estranged girlfriend.  He killed the girl’s mother, her younger sister and seriously injured the object of his affection before fleeing…  The husband/father found the carnage when he returned home early in the morning from what I assume was a night shift. Here in Edmonton a disgruntled employee, suspended from … Continue reading A violent few days…

Results…

On Monday of this week I met with my GP to go through the results of the leg x-ray that he had ordered some time ago, and to discuss the results of Holter monitoring that was performed just before Christmas. I also decided that I was going to raise the question about my CT scan, ask about the Synthroid dose (thyroid medication), and get the doctor to take a look at a bit of an anomaly in the skin on my forehead. Holter Test: Now obviously there was no problem with the Holter or the doctor would have been on … Continue reading Results…

Following up the Medical Receptionist post

This morning I was finally able to get through to my GP’s office, and I spoke with the woman who had left the cryptic message on my home answering machine. I was gentle but firm in letting her know the consternation which that sort of the call can trigger. She won’t be doing it again, hopefully. She also agreed to re-order the contact numbers in my file so that my cell phone gets called before the house phone.I also asked her to tell me which damned test the doctor wanted to discuss, and she told me that it was, indeed, … Continue reading Following up the Medical Receptionist post

And the results are in…

After a brief conversation this morning with Dr. Williams, my oncological surgeon, I can tell you that the Neck and Chest CT scan is NOT showing anything that one should be worried about. There is some decrease in secretion at the top of the esophagus, but Dr. Williams’ visual exam (with that damned scope thingee) showed nothing. The radiologist did point out a tiny granuloma, but indicated that it was likely age related, and not linked to the cancer, or anything else worth being concerned about.Dr. Williams did ask about the cough that started this round of scans: is it … Continue reading And the results are in…