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Better a Biopsy than an Autopsy!

Went in for my rib biopsy today. Wasn’t quite what I expected, but close. I am still a little sedated so be kind to any spelling, grammar or content strangeness.

Went to the same area of the hospital that I had my Ports done at and they kept saying I looked familiar. I have certainly spent too much time at that hospital. They did you basic blood tests and then put me in a gown and started an IV. My veins are still kinda wonky from chemo so she apologized profusely but she popped right through one on the top of my hand. Already sore.

The doctor came out before and explained all of the potential bad effects. The rib that was being biopsied is on my back just at the point the bottom of my shoulder blade on the left side so he kept pointing out all of the things that could make the needle slip and go into my lungs! He explained all of this with grand hand gestures while showing how he would have to JAB that GIANT needle into my SOLID bone rib and it might not go in an instead SLAM into my lung. It quickly became amusing. I quite liked him.

They wheeled me into the CT Scan room for the procedure. They actually do it while you’re on the machine so they can see where the needle is going.  You have to stay very very still and since it was on my back rib they said I would have to control my breathing. It took 50 minutes but I only remember 10. They gave me a sedative in my IV & then they started numbing my back with small shots. I have a vague recollection of some piercing pain and them talking. They were supposed to keep me awake but because of what they found they apparently didn’t need to. After it was done they brought me back out to Corey and we hung out for awhile.

Doctor came out and said it was unexpected results. They were very easily able to get the sample because instead of having normal hard as bone bones mine was soft and the needle sunk right in. 😦 This also meant that he was easily able to actually take a piece of the bone for biopsy. The do an immediate test while you’re on the table for cancer cells (WHICH THERE WERE NONE OF!) and then the rest goes back for more testing. I haven’t really done any research yet on soft bones and the causes of. The only one I know of is osteoperosis. So I’m sure they’ll be lots more testing and lots more doctors. 😦  The negative on the cancer cells while very very good news is not 100% as he reminded me over and over and they will of course have to keep an eye on things just in case.

I am currently curled up in bed this and then will switch to watching trash TV.  I was going to work for awhile but I’m so fuzzy that I’m kind of afraid too! The numb is definitely starting to wear off of my back and I’m not enjoying that feeling a whole lot!

Thanks for all the love & support over on my FB page. Hospitals are always amazed at me talking to facebook while everything is going on or sending iPOD messages back and forth to my husband stuck in the waiting room. It amuses me.

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