Drum Roll........ MRI results: Still "No Evidence of Disease" Still dancing with ned!
So I guess gall stones is a good thing when the alternative is metastatic disease and explains the pain.
He loaded me up with pain meds and scheduled a trip back in 6 more months. He explained we can quit checking MY CEA since in my case it is meaningless. His explanation is that since my tumor never raised my CEA it doesn't produce the substance that CEA tests for. For CEA to go up the tumor cells would have to mutate to cells that make the substance or I would have to get a second primary. Both unlikely events. Playing the numbers game....I couldn't resist myself. My chance of recurrence now is down to about 1 in 7. That's a far cry better then the 50/50 or worse stage 3 rectal cancer patients have at diagnosis.
My wife got her stitches out from her broken wrists today, She is happy to be on the road to recovery.
she had plates and screws in one wrist from a fall 5 years ago. The surgeon was impressed, she actually bent the screws in this fall. Now she has new plates/screws/pins in both wrists. We both have Osteoporosis but I haven't broken anything.
Some of my humor now adorns the staff break room of the Orthopedic office
An apple every eight hours will keep three doctors away.