Wednesday, November 21, 2007

day +92

Yesterday afternoon I called the Department of Transportation about my interest in obtaining a pass or permit and I was told that it wasn't necessary for photographing the Harlem River bridges.

I rode the stationary bicycle for 40 minutes this morning before heading to Dr. Robert's office for my weekly psych session.

For about the past two days, I've felt this strange pressure around the area of my stomach and lower left rib cage. Otherwise I feel just fine. No fatigue or nausea or loss of appetite. I haven't felt the previous pressure around my mediastinum for several days now, but this new pressure concerns me a bit. It could be anything. I have no clue. Maybe it's tension or perhaps GVHD. But I do worry that it's the cancer coming back. Honestly, I'm a bit scared. Of course, my concern is premature but after having dealt with this disease for four years my suspicion and concern is quite natural. I will call Dr. Castro-Malaspina's office on Friday, but I'm not sure if he'll be around since it's a holiday weekend. If no one is around, then I'll bring this to the attention of Dr. Castro-Malaspina and Ally at Monday's appointment. I wonder if I'll need a PET scan. We'll see.

Anyway, thanks to those who have left such wonderful, encouraging comments recently. I wish everyone a very pleasant Thanksgiving.


Comment Blogger Michelle J said...

Hi Duane,
Please don't stress over anything this Thanksgiving holiday!!! Enjoy! Keep posting those awesome pictures!!
Love Michelle

9:40 PM  
Comment Anonymous Donald Mckenzie Jr said...

Hey man I hope everything goes well for you. And have a great thanksgiving.

11:18 PM  
Comment Blogger Tom (dB) said...

those scary thoughts are so difficult to get over. Keep strong and positive. You are doing so well.

4:54 AM  
Comment Blogger Christine said...

I hope for you Duane, that Thanksgiving is one day free of worry.......You are doing remarkably, and inspire so many....

10:54 AM  
Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah now I see your post. I totally understand the fear over the aches and strange feelings. Even almost 30 years later, I still get them.

Thinking of you and your family on the Thanksgiving and send all our best and good thoughts.
EFG and family

3:08 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Hi everyone,

I had a pretty relaxing Thanksgiving meal with my parents and sister. It was small and intimate, but very pleasant and low-key.

I have tried to not think too much about the pressure on my left abdomen. Thanks again for all your encouraging words of support recently.

On this day of thanksgiving, I'm thankful for the generosity of my donor, family, and friends and all of you. Thanks again!


8:35 PM  

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