315 days ago I went to work knowing I would only have to be there for half a day as I had a mammogram and ultrasound booked for a lump in my breast that had previously been diagnosed as ‘mastitis’.
So, I met my radiologist person and he is a Professor! Dr Borg is his name and he seems lovely. He had a look and feel of my scar and yes, there is a lump there that he wants to have checked out so here is my schedule this coming Thursday…
8:45am – Ultrasound with potential fine needle aspiration
10:00 am – Heart test with that dye stuff
1:10 pm – Chemo
3:15 pm – Visit Oncologist
Yep, it’s going to be a huge day for someone like me who can barely do anything for longer than an hour without needing a 3 day nap!
So, back to the Professor. Whilst he was running a little late (1 hour!!), he did seem really pleasant and whilst he was running so far behind, I did expect to be rushed but he took all the time needed to check out that lump, have a little tease with Sam and I as to weather we were competing with the baldness (Professor was pretty impressed I was out and about without wig or hat), and go through what the treatment is about.
Oh, just taking a step back a bit, while we were waiting the hour to see the Professor (yes, I will always call him the Professor from here on in), Sam collected his usual reading material. He needs to know everything where as I leave all of the bits to my doctors, oncologists and Professors.
In case you can’t see the title of some of these, here are some of them that he chose to bring home….
- Managing Vaginal Bleeding
- Sexual Wellbeing
- Managing Hot Flushes
Isn’t he a treasure to think of getting these pamphlets??
Anyhoo, it seems that my radiotherapy will start 4 weeks after my chemo finishes so that is in three months.
My radiotherapy, when it starts, only goes for 6 and a half weeks. Phew hey? Um, no, there is no Phew there.
It is EVERYDAY for six and a half weeks. That works out to 32 and a half treatments, everyday, five days a week for six weeks.
LET ME SWEAR MY GUTS OUT.
I know I know, the whole life saving bizzo but geez, it is a one and a half hour round trip. 90 kilometers a day, every day for six and a half weeks. This is now sounding like work.
And another thing, unlike chemo where they book you in as a day patient and the private health fund covers the cost, that isn’t the case with Radio. I am going to have to pay a gap. Is that daily? Do I have to pay each and every day?
So, not only do we have the travel costs for 90 kilometers each day for six and a half weeks, I also have to pay for the radiotherapy AND my health insurance fees AND my income insurance fees and hope the whole lot balances out somehow….
I know I shouldn’t complain about costs and availability of such successful treatment etc but I am tired.
Cancer isn’t just about the body, it also is really hard work keeping up with the bills and the accounts that come in and who pays what and when and what not.