The word has come down: with my white blood cells clocking in at 3.9, I will be discharged tomorrow (Saturday) morning. 

Today they will give me platelets, since they are low, and will then remove my apheresis catheter — something I’m a bit anxious about because having it placed was a bit traumatic. I’ve been told that the removal of the catheter is much easier than the placement, so I’m hoping for the best there.

The results of yesterday’s CT scan were straightforward enough: Dr. Einhorn informed me that there is a lymph node in my abdomen that has a distinct teratoma growth, and will need to be removed through surgery in January.

If you’ve ever seen the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you may recall how the character Aunt Voula explains her own teratoma: 

[to Ian’s parents] Now, you are family. Okay. All my life, I had a lump at the back of my neck, right here. Always, a lump. Then I started menopause and the lump got bigger from the “hormonees.” It started to grow. So I go to the doctor, and he did the bio… the b… the… the bios… the… b… the “bobopsy.” Inside the lump he found teeth and a spinal cord. Yes. Inside the lump was my twin.

Yeah, that’s teratoma. It’s like a bunch of confused embryonic cells, and they sometimes just start making stuff — like teeth, hair, bits of spinal cord. Who knows what they’ll find!

In weather related news, the drive home may be an adventure for Todd and I. Once again, Todd is staying on in Indianapolis a day longer than he planned. The issue this time is as much the severe weather we’re having in the Midwest as it is my impending discharge. Today is a bad day to travel the roadways, and we’re counting on tomorrow being just enough better to get us home to Madison without much fuss (or sliding into snow banks).


11 Responses to “Friday”

  1. Felicia Tabanico Gelsey Says:

    That’s great news that you get to go home and you’re done with HDCT. Have a great Christmas.

    Don’t know if you saw this already:

  2. Yikes! I had not seen that. So strange…

  3. Pat Pointer Says:

    A Teratoma? That’s fascinating! Great news about your discharge. It’s a winter wonderland here…perfect to enjoy from your own couch, in your own home, with your own beloved Dawn, and a purring kitty. Welcome home!

  4. I can’t help hoping that you will continue the tradition of this blog and include a picture of your evil twin.

  5. I don’t know — I refused to look at my catheter after they pulled it out today…so I don’t know how I’d ever agree to look at a tumor from my gut even I had the chance (which I undoubtedly would not); but, if there is something in there, they’ll tell me and I’ll be sure to let everyone know.

  6. Merry Christmas! And drive safe. It’s pretty darn icky up here, and you guys got it worse. Be careful!

  7. I’m SO glad you can go home now! 🙂
    Merry Christmas!!

  8. stephanie jutt Says:

    TRULY bizarre about the baby with the foot in his brain. Maybe that’s been my problem all along and can account for my severe foot-in-mouth syndrome! I wish I could have seen a picture of the tiny foot, damn!
    Anyway, the roads seem pretty clear even on West Lawn and you should be able to motor on back without much ado – can’t wait to see you after you settle in for a bit!! HOORAY – you did it!!!! Stephanie

  9. Mike & Dawn

    YAYYYYYY!!!!! Congrats on getting home — drive safe. We’re having to contend with 65 degree weather every day here in San Diego — just awful what these people have to put up with. It rained a little and they all put on woolies.

    Hugs from us — Tom & Lorita

  10. Hey Mike, maybe its my twin. I always felt that I had a connection with somebody but never could place it and I always stared at your abdomen a lot. Anyway, glad to hear your home safe with Dawn. I will talk with you soon. Love, GDTNTH

  11. Yeah, Greg, maybe it is your twin. But wait, I’m a robot, so how could that be?!?

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