Feb 13th, 2013 – Lucky 13? I Think Not

My doctor scheduled a mid afternoon appointment to go over the results of the x-ray earlier that morning. At the time this appointment was set, the X-ray had not happened. I was in and out in 5 minutes that morning. They were very quick and efficient. After I was home for an hour, I got a call from the doctor’s office to see if I could come in right then instead of waiting for the later appointment. At the time I thought it was because he had an opening and the afternoon would be more problematic. Little did I know.

When I got into the doctor’s office, the usual cheerful, friendly face on my family doc was missing. He had a pretty serious look and immediately brought up the picture of my x-ray earlier in the morning. There was an obvious round shaded area in my right lung along with two smaller areas of concern. Kinda floored me.

The doc immediately set up a CT-scan for that afternoon to get a better look at my lung along with everything down to my hips. The procedure required an injection of a dye to offer better contrast for the scan. He warned me it would wave over me with a very warm feeling from my neck down to my thighs. He wasn’t kidding. However, later when I tried to compare this to one of my wife’s hot flashes, she wasn’t buying it.

My doc asked that I bring my wife back with me after the CT-scan so he could go over the results in more detail with both of us.

Back to the doctor’s office (fourth trip to somewhere medical that day) and Kim and I met with my doc. He showed Kim the regular x-ray I had seen earlier and indicated that the CT scan confirmed the one larger mass and two smaller ones in my right lung. He had consulted with a couple other doctors and the conclusion was that it was most likely evidence of a variety of lung cancer, although there was a slight chance of it being some other kind of infection.

I should have known. It was 15 years to the day that I had my cervical fusion surgery (on Friday the 13th of February, 1998) where I lost my voice for 10 weeks. I need to stay away from 13’s in the future.

He then set up an appointment with a pulmonary specialist for that Friday the 15th to go over the next steps.


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