February Appointment

IMG_0161Our Weather  has been really bad. So far kids in my school district have had nine days off because of bad weather.

This sounds old but I don’t remember getting that much time off. This winter we had lots of snow and temperatures below zero.

Kids were out of school for at least two days in a row right after Christmas.

Today we have wind enough wind to have high wind warnings till tomorrow.

I have stayed inside most of the time. When it’s that cold the PAH makes it hard to breathe, my arm throbs, and I can not feel the bottoms of my feet gets worse.

That is left over from chemo. That gives me lots of time to work on my art.

However the reason I have only had two doctors appointments this year. My last appointment was the lung doctor.

My cough is back. She did blood tests and scheduled other pulmonary tests for June.

Dr F talked about the research. They are studying changes in BMP pathways. Some genes result in vascular disease and some genes result in colon polyps.

I have both, PAH and lots of colon polyps, along with Cowden’s Syndrome.

So after talking more with the doctor I am part of another research study. Like the last couple of studies all they want from me is my blood.

Then I am finished. I will not know the results of the study or if my blood helped. That is all right with me.

I do remember my dad taking part in research during his colon cancer in the 70’s.

My sister is in a couple of studies, one for American Cancer Society and one studying the sister who did not get breast cancer.

So it’s a family thing.

We had an escort waiting to escort us to the lab. Once at the lab he waited in line for me.

Another doctor talked to Dave and I till they called our name. She talked more about the study.

I asked why only three tubes and not enough  stickers were on the table.

The lab tech only had three tubes waiting and there was no bag for the study blood. I handed him the paper I was given, he went and asked the doctor.

He needed my paper and five bigger tubes for the study blood.  So he drew the blood walked out with me and gave the blood to the doctor.

She thanked us again and made sure we knew the way out. Another appointment finished.

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