15 July 2011 @ 02:36 pm
more bad health news  
I've just been at the hospital for another appointment. I have previously mentioned two new recent tumours (side of head, left hip); I discovered another a couple of days ago, just south of my left buttock. The registrar thinks the very bad neck pain (and now my left arm is very weak) is probably due to a nerve trapped by another tumour at the top of my spine. My liver is also swelling due to the tumours there growing.

What this tells us is that the cancer is spreading very quickly and aggressively. They don't have a way of predicting where the next tumours will come. If I am very lucky, I may well have several months left, but if they strike at vital organs, I could die in a week, and some weeks is a more likely prognosis than some months, apparently.

In the meantime they want to scan my neck. He'd prefer an MRI, but that depends on the stent. The records don't show what it's made of - if it's plastic, no problem; if it is ferrous, it can't be done; if it's a non-magnetic metal it can be done, but the stent might get very hot and painful. If the MRI isn't on (I think that is the likely answer), they will try a CT scan, and if there is a tumour trapping the nerve they can try a one-shot radiation attack on that, apparently, to try to remove that very bad pain, which would be nice. In the meantime I am on new morphine-based painkillers.

I've actually been feeling rather better for the last few days - I'm getting some solid food down me (which is still quite hard, for various reasons) and drinking much more, and thereby rehydrating some). I've regained a couple of pounds from my low of 9 stone. All this is helping, but of course the spreading cancer trumps these small benefits. I just have to keep my fingers crossed that vital organs are spared for a while longer.
But I guess I know a lot about bugsatommickbrane on July 15th, 2011 01:50 pm (UTC)
Oh no - *fvck* cancer, fvck this horrid thing. No wonder you've been uncomfortable :( Didn't realise your neck pain was quite so nasty. I'll keep everything crossed they can do something for that for you very soon. Seems ridiculous they don't know what sort of stent went in.
martinskidmoremartinskidmore on July 15th, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC)
well presumably they know in gastroenterology, who fitted it - the report just mentions the brand, and that meant nothing to the oncology registrar, so he is finding out. It probably is ferrous.
But I guess I know a lot about bugsatommickbrane on July 15th, 2011 02:13 pm (UTC)
Pffft! Well, bah anyway. Let me know if you need any more appointment duty assistance - I am now totally fine with work time and it's cleared here so np there.
piratemoggy on July 15th, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry and angry to hear this- I was hoping that you getting back to eating a bit was a substantially good sign. I hope at least the new painkillers can mean you're more comfortable and that they can reduce that tumor.

Would it be ok to come and visit on Sunday?
martinskidmoremartinskidmore on July 15th, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure about Sunday - one possibility is meeting my old friends in the pub that afternoon, if I feel up to it. No idea of the chances of that. If I don't make it out, or if you mean the evening, then it would of course be lovely to see you.
piratemoggy on July 15th, 2011 02:30 pm (UTC)
Ah, of course- I'd forgotten you'd said about Comics Mart. In that case, let me know and if not I'll definitely pop round on Monday.
martinskidmoremartinskidmore on July 15th, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
Monday evening Meg and Stevem are coming around to watch a WWE event - you're obviously welcome too, but it does mean three hours of wrestling!
piratemoggy on July 15th, 2011 02:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, nuts- probs best if you let me know when would be good; I'm free all week so entirely at your convenience with regards to days.
martinskidmoremartinskidmore on July 15th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)
Well Sunday evening is an option - there is no way I will be staying out all afternoon and evening (I expect I'll get there around 2pm or so), and my friends usually move on to a restaurant after the pub, say around 6, so I imagine that is the latest I'd stay. Monday is WWE watching, and it looks as if my brother may be coming to stay overnight on Tuesday. Other than the morning medical appointments on Thursday and Friday, I've nothing booked beyond then at present.
piratemoggy on July 16th, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
Cool- will send you an email. Am thinking of you lots, hope you're doing as well as can be.
martinskidmoremartinskidmore on July 15th, 2011 03:12 pm (UTC)
I now have an MRI appointment for next Thursday - non-magnetic metal, apparently. I think 90% of the time people get in an MRI in House (I have been watching that a lot lately) they immediately develop drastic new symptoms!
Chocolate Socialistbraisedbywolves on July 15th, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
Oh this is dreadful to hear Martin. Selfishness overcoming the general "he probably has better uses for his time" is causing me to ask if I could come over to the WWE on Monday - obviously your time is more than ever yours to manage so if you'd rather not that's perfectly fine. I hope I see you soon, man, and best wishes for whatever that's worth.
martinskidmoremartinskidmore on July 15th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
I'd love to see you, and you are more than welcome to join the wrestling watching, of course! I don't have anything better to do in my life than see good friends!
Frank Kogankoganbot on July 15th, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
Long distance hearts again, and I'm very impressed at this distance by the camaraderie among you and your friends.
martinskidmoremartinskidmore on July 15th, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
So am I! I've been absolutely delighted and surprised by the amount of concern, affection and love I've felt from friends, and even work colleagues - I find it hard to believe how much I clearly mean to lots of people. I love every one of these wonderful friends, and I can't say how grateful I am for the emotional and practical support.