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wearing & tearing by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer No news since my appointment last week.  I'm not surprised, although I do come home every day and check the answering machine for calls from the doctor. I ... Read on »
mixed messages by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer In a completely unexpected result, my tumor marker decreased to 3.0 from 5.5 in December 2013.  That's a surprise, and good news.  But still a surprise, b ... Read on »
student life by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer So I'm taking two classes at NAU, one on the nature of science (what we call NOS) and the other on teaching and learning science, which is the methods class I ... Read on »
spect/ct by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer After this infinitely long week, I had my whole body scan today.  I have a new nuclear medicine doctor, who works in the same practice as Dr. S.  I have the im ... Read on »
acronym week by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Driving up to Phoenix to the hospital four days out of five is no one's idea of a good time, but that's my schedule this week. I'm having my Thyrogen tria ... Read on »
rain day by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Thunder woke me up at 5AM, and since I'd gone to bed past 1, I thought, "I wish we could have a rain day today..."  before I drifted back off to sleep for anot ... Read on »
front yard 2014 - mulch project by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Three shifts of about 3 hours each, with 2 kids helping today, and we have...  The center planter relatively weed-free, irises significantly thinned ... Read on »
_vacation_ by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer It's 10:20-ish PM, and I'm simultaneously exhausted but also contemplating doing the 7-minute workout I haven't done since I got here, Mom's house, midday Wedn ... Read on »
end of an era by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I deleted my hosting accounts and released the domain names of the websites I've had for more than a decade.  Less than ten minutes time to undo all that work. ... Read on »
best vacation ever! (so far) by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Better write it down before I forget... First of all, DH started planning this trip around the beginning of the year some time.  There were many times whe ... Read on »
last day by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer We're down to our last few conscious hours in Disney World, after 7+ very full days here, like today. We arrived at Animal Kingdom before it opened (just), the ... Read on »
retirement, of a sort by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer This evening was my last RE class, possibly ever, certainly this academic year.  DD came along to help, and one student's mom stayed too, so tonight's class wa ... Read on »
it's all about the texture by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Had a meeting this evening at school, then piano lessons, so finally home at 8:30PM and starving, since my protein style In-n-Out burger was consumed at about ... Read on »
coasting by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Only 3 more weeks of school after this one.  I have literally no new lessons to plan -- just review sessions next week, then finals, then it's the last week of ... Read on »
negotiated settlement by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer So after all this time, the nurse-manager of my endo's office finally called.  The MRI was denied, of course. I imagine the doctor throwing up her hands in fru ... Read on »
forget it, for now by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Insurance company denied the appeal.  Endo decided, OK, we'll settle for an MRI.  The MRI was also denied.  Whatever.  I am not apathetic to this situation but ... Read on »
laissez les bon temps... by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Today was a day of many whacks, if not to the head exactly, at least to the pysche. In chronological order, then: One of my dear students very casually me ... Read on »
we'll just pretend that never happened, then by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Various calls to insurance companies and doctor's offices finally resulted in a call back telling me that I should have an answer by February 24, but that it w ... Read on »
adventures in health insurance by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer When I got my new job in July, I got new insurance.  For the first time in my adult life, I am not covered by Blue Cross/Blue Shield.  While I know a few peopl ... Read on »
recurrence, again, eventually by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I had my endo appointment last week.  As I feared, my Tg (tumor marker) went up again,  to 5.5.  That persistent node in my right cervical chain is still persi ... Read on »