Getting ready for it…

Recently I’ve started a bit of a correspondence with someone out there who is just getting onto the treatment treadmill after having received a ‘qualified’ diagnosis of a stage 4 Metastatic Spindle Cell Squamous Carcinoma. I’m not entirely sure where it sits in his throat. This is not the same person who is dealing with the tumour around their thyroid…In any event, one of the questions asked was about what one “should do to physically or mentally prepare for the quadroscopy or with the surgery when that time comes?.”Right off the bat I can give one suggestion that the surgeon … Continue reading Getting ready for it…

Another bleak autumn day. The quality of light is disconcerting, giving everything a grayish feeling to it, quite appropriate as the plants and animals start to hunker down for another winter. Its one of those days that make me wish for snow to bring some brightness to it all. All the browns and greys out there with the now bare trees, in this quality of light, is depressing! I’ve been hiding in the basement office, supposedly studying for yet another exam. It seems like there’s always another exam… Instead of spending all the time studying Service Strategy, I’ve been tinkering … Continue reading

Quadroscopy; the day after the day after

Friday was the day of the Quadroscopy, that particularily invasive procedure when they knock you out, send scopes and tubes up your nose, down your throat, into your lungs and into your stomach, sampling and biopsying along the way. As far as I can tell, they also pin back your lips to make access easier; mine felt like I had been french kissing an aggressively amourous woman wearing braces. The insides of my lips were bruised, cut and generally abused. My throat was, and still is sore, especially in the upper right quadrant. Did Dr. Williams take a particularily large … Continue reading Quadroscopy; the day after the day after