Our first stop: Cindy had a CT scan, followed by an MRI. The reason for these two tests:
- Check her lungs to see if the sarcoma is reappearing. If it does return, the lungs are typically the first place it will be visible.
- Check Cindy's liver to see if the growth that was biopsied in December has grown. It was not deemed to be cancerous at that time, but if it grows, they may want to biopsy it again.
- Check Cindy's kidneys. Since she has been diagnosed with Stage 3 kidney failure (there are only four stages) from all the chemo she received, they need to ensure the kidneys are still functioning properly.
Once Cindy completed her MRI and CAT scan, we went to meet with the battery of doctors who typically see us on our visits. Of course, the first person to meet us was Christine, who you may remember is the physician who worked with Cindy and was with us when Cindy took her very first step without her "other" leg.
Then the other doctors began to arrive...and each gave us great news!
- Cindy's lungs are clear. There are no signs of growth.
- The growth in her liver has not expanded in 6 months. They will take one more MRI three months from now. If it still hasn't grown by then, they will stop checking as they will be certain it is not cancerous.
- Her kidneys look great and they are functioning at a normal level!
The picture below is Christine, Jay (the nurse who stayed with Cindy and held her hand during surgery) and us.
WARNING: If you are squeemish, you may not want to look at the picture below as it shows "Little Lu" in all its glory. For us, we think it looks great, but not everyone reacts the same way to something that is a bit out of the ordinary.
If you don't wish to look at the picture, you may wish to leave the blog now. We understand completely. We are posting the picture because this is Cindy. Note the smile on her face. She is happy and healthy...and for us that is all that matters.
So with that in mind, I will end the blog above the last picture. Cindy begins physical therapy on Friday. At that time, she will be fitted for a prosthesis...we can't wait!
I will report more at that time, if not sooner.