October 30, 2019

It has been many years since my grandson and I dressed up for Halloween.   We sure had a lot of fun in those days.  Grandmas enjoy Halloween with your grandkids because before you know it, they are too old to dress up or take “trick or treating”.

As I mentioned in my last post, October was a rather stressful month for me.  On October 7th, a week or so after my last six month MRI my family doctor called me to tell me that four lesions were visible on the images.  Knowing that I was more susceptible to get liver cancer than others because of liver disease I was terrified.  All my previous MRI’s had come back normal.

I had an October 10th appointment with my family doctor at which time we discussed the ramifications these lesions could cause and what other diagnostic measures we could take.  He ordered blood work which included an Alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP), Tumor Marker.  Medline Plus describes this blood test as follows:  An AFP tumor marker test is a blood test that measures the levels of AFP in adults. Tumor markers are substances made by cancer cells or by normal cells in response to cancer in the body. High levels of AFP can be diseases such as cirrhosis and hepatitis.  High AFP levels don’t always mean cancer, and normal levels don’t always rule out cancer. So an AFP tumor marker test is not usually used by itself to screen for or diagnose cancer. But it can help diagnose cancer when used with other tests. The test may also be used to help monitor the effectiveness of cancer treatment and to see if cancer has returned after you’ve finished treatment.

The other test he ordered was a Multifocal CT scan which I had on October 24th.  My family doctor called me on Saturday, October 26, around 5:30 PM to tell me that no lesions were seen on the Multifocal CT scan and that the tumor marker blood test was only slightly elevated.  The conclusion by the radiologist and my liver specialist was that the MRI image was flawed.  I cannot express the immense relief and joy I felt upon hearing this news.  I was finally able to relax and get a few hours of sleep at night.  The boogeymen left for parts unknown and I hope they never come back.

I received with my doctor’s call what seems like a new lease on life.  In the coming winter I hope to complete or at least work on some of the projects I have been neglecting.  My goal is to finish in cross stitch two pictures of Ukrainian dancers for my grandson.  He was a Ukrainian dancer for eight years.  I would like to smock a dress for a little girl we know.  I need to complete a website I have dedicated to my dad  https://worldwar2conscientiousobjectors.com and of course, continue work on my https://zachariasfamilytree.com site.

I wish you all a great and spooky Halloween.  May the ghosts and goblins fly swiftly past your front doors and may the witches be deterred from peeking into your windows.

Until next time………

Our six foot blow up pumpkin.

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2 Responses to October 30, 2019

  1. jan says:

    So happy for you
    Happy Halloween


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