PET Scan Today

Good morning everyone! I hope this post finds you enjoying life as much as possible. I know we are. First, I want to say thank you again to all of our friends and family for a wonderful benefit yesterday. It was the perfect timing to have such a joyous event considering what today could bring. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Today I go in for a PET scan to determine the effects of chemotherapy. It will tell us what is going on with the existing tumors we know about and any further spread of the disease which we hope and pray has not happened. It is a day we have not been looking forward to for a long time.

Chemotherapy is no walk in the park. It takes a lot out of all of us. However, it, too, is a blessing in disguise. These last 5 weeks have been wonderful. First and foremost, we welcomed a beautiful baby boy into this world. Second, we have not had any devastating news since the beginning of chemo. Once the side effects wear off, I am able to enjoy life, laugh, smile, and play with my family everyday. It has almost been surreal. I have not cried in all of 5 weeks because I have too much to be thankful for.

Now comes the PET scan. We are undoubtedly optimistic about the results, but you cannot help (and shouldn’t be naive) to think about the other course today could take. Whatever the case, this fight is far from over. We have other options, and we will do everything we possibly can to defeat this illness!

As far as the PET scan, for those who aren’t familiar, it is a test to take a peak inside your body with a regular CT scan, but it also has an overlay of any cells which rapidly take up glucose. I am injected with a very low dose of radioactive glucose about an hour prior to the scan (about 9am today). I have an hour wait before the scan to allow mostly the rapidly growing cells in my body to take up this injected glucose. The scan will take about an hour or so (about 10am today). The PET scan in and of itself doesn’t tell the doctors much. If you look at just the PET part, it is a bunch of blobs with no real meaning. The CT is sort of the road map of your body to distinguish these PET blobs. A computer overlays and molds the essentially two different scans into one for a clearer picture. It takes awhile for the radiologist to read the test. With that said, we may not get the results back today. Either way, and no matter the result, I will post whatever they find. Through the good news and bad news, we are all in this together!

I am a planner, and I always plan for the best and the worst. The worst is the entire purpose of this website. I need to get as much help and support for my family as possible in case the worst happens. We hope and pray it won’t, but I would be foolish not to prepare. Like I have said before, I want to leave nothing on the table. You have all done such a great job getting word out for us, and it has allowed us to smile time and time again over all the words of encouragement and stories. Thank you!

As for planning for the best, we are trying to get as many specialists in our corner as possible. The more minds in the pot the better we think. We are going to Sloan-Kettering in NYC on Tuesday, and back to Mayo Clinic on Thursday. If need be, we will see more at doctors more hospitals. We want to know every available option in case we hit a road block with one treatment. It is important to all of us that we do everything humanly possible with the help of God to beat this disease.

It is going to be a very long day for us today. As you go about your Friday preparing for the weekend, please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Say an extra prayer if you could for us. It has been uneventful for the last 5 weeks besides chemo and the birth of Logan, and we would like to keep it that way! Thank you for all you do for us. We love you all very much. Make it a great day everyone!

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6 Responses to PET Scan Today

  1. james dean says:

    With you this day in thoughts and Prayers. Thinking of you, Andrea, and boys at this very time. Stay strong and positive.

  2. Grandpa Humphrey says:

    Good luck Ryan, we are saying that extra prayer for you
    as you are waiting to have the scan, it is about 9:15AM
    as I am writing this. We think about you all the time
    and marvel at your attitude. Keep it up.
    Love
    Grandma and Grandpa Hump

  3. Laura says:

    Saying a prayer for you and your family today and always. Keep up the positive attitude and never stop smiling! Good luck!!

  4. Al Westerback says:

    We are ALL Praying for your complete recovery!!! Please know WE are ALL Pulling as well as Praying for You anr Yours!!!!!

  5. Al Westerback says:

    We are ALL Praying for your complete recovery!!! Please know WE are ALL Pulling as well as Praying for You and Yours!!!!!

  6. Barbara says:

    I too am having a PET scan today. All thought positive…just heard it was cold on the table and to dress warm. Prayers that you are doing fine! Good support is an amazing thing which I have as well. Onward and Upward πŸ™‚

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