Monday, September 20, 2010

From There To Now

All the medical professionals kept asking Ron when he was exposed to asbestos. We have racked our brains and cannot come up with an obvious answer. "They" say it takes decades for this type of cancer to manifest.

Thank goodness we have been active; running, walking and some would say forced marches. If it wasn't for activity, Ron would not have known there was a problem. You see, he has had no pain and no discomfort.

When Ron became short of breath he said it felt more asthma like. It took two weeks to get in to the doctor. Ron thought she would prescribe an inhaler for whatever was ailing him. Not so. Dr Lewis immediately sent him for x-rays. Within no time she had the results to Ron with the instructions to immediately go to San Pen Hospital. He had fluid around his left lung.

After much waiting at the hospital, three litres of fluid was drained from his lung. This had to be done before a CT scan could happen.

Here is the timeline: 11:00 - appointment with Dr Lewis, 11:30 - x-rays at hospital; 1:00 results from X-ray; 2:00 I arrive at hospital; 4:00friend Ken takes Winston for us, 4:30 preparations for fluid extraction, 7:00 finish extracting fluid, 9:30 CT scan; 10:15 CT scan results.

Something 'sinister' the emergency doctor said. Mesothelioma.

Needless to say, we were stunned.

We are not the first couple to hear this devastatin news. For those of you who have been there, I am sure it is easy for you to relive those moments. For those of you who have not been there, I truly hope you never do.

Our minds and thoughts have been swinging like pendulums; from one end of the spectrum to the other. There is no need to say more.

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