So I finally scheduled the PET and I went in on February 23. The Sunday before was hard, it was my first time doing the prep diet (no carbs...at all, no caffeine, no exercise, etc) on a weekend. Terrible idea. It's way easier for me to diet at work. I go in Monday, starving, only to be told that the nuclear medicine was an hour late, so I had to wait an hour to get injected.
You know when you go somewhere and there isn't a public restroom...so you immediately have to use the restroom? I experienced this - I was immediately starving and sad.
I also asked if my favorite PET tech would be doing my scan. They told me HE WASN'T WORKING. I was so bummed.
So I'm sitting there waiting, when all of a sudden, HE walks in. My fav Indian PET tech. This is my face:
Until...suddenly, he calls my name. If you've ever been wound up ready to get rowdy, only to be pacified immediately, you understand why I was stunned into silence. So, I follow him silently into the room. I'm finally able to choke out, "They told me you weren't working today."
He kindly let me know that he was taking a regular break from PET scans, since they rotate areas to limit radiation exposure. But...since I had been so pushy, he came to start my IV. I can't tell you how happy I was. Seriously, I barely know the guy, but to see a familiar face that I trust, it was amazing!
The week waiting for results was really long. I had my standing appointment for my shots on Friday (last Friday), so I knew I'd probably have to wait until then. Only, I DIDN'T WANNA. I had become so nervous because of the huge span between scans. I was kicking myself for not remembering to mention getting a scan after surgery. In my mind, if something spread, it had a ton of time to grow and flourish. I was so scared, it was a rough week. I called the doctors everyday to ask about results.
Finally, Thursday afternoon, the OC Oncologist called me.
RESULTS: no new cancer.
I was so happy, I cried. If you know me, that's not surprising, I cry all the time. I'm so relieved and so grateful. I'm still not cancer free, the tumor in my spine lives on...but I'll start radiation for that soon.