Scans and blood tests
8/28/2013 | Sheryl McGlochlin

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On Monday, during the colonoscopy, which is when I learned about my colon cancer, Dr. Ryser took a biopsy and afterward drew blood from me to do more testing.  Last night he called and gave me some test results from the blood work. He said the cancer had not spread into my liver or kidneys but seemed to be confined to that one area of my colon, not too far from my rectum.  That is a huge blessing, considering that is what a lot of cancer does- it starts to spread through the body and lands in other organs where it starts to grow rapidly. 
He also said I had been losing a little blood each day (which I knew due to some blood in my stool every morning). Because of this I am slightly anemic so I'll take Iron pills twice a day to strengthen my blood for a few weeks.  I'm finding Iron Pills don't bother me at all.
This afternoon at 4:30 PM I went over to Alta View Hospital and had one of my CT scans done. This is the first of more scans that they'll be doing.  This one took only about 10 minutes and was painless.  I just laid on this nice little narrow comfortable table, with a soft white pillow for my head and my legs propped up with an object so they were bent a little bit.  Anyway, I was very comfortable and could have easily fallen asleep.  I didn't have to prep for this scan or anything. Just walked right in to radiology and got this done.  Once I was on the table, they put me inside a giant donut thing.  The donut talked to me. How about that!  When was the last time you were inside a giant donut that talked to you!!  It would tell me to BREATHE IN & HOLD.  Then about 5 seconds later, it told me to BREATHE OUT.  It did this several times while it took pictures of my abdominal area.  I thought I did a good job doing what the donut asked me to do. I've taken orders from many things before but never a donut!  This was a first. 
By then it was around 5 PM and I headed straight over to our South Jordan Gardens, another one of my Happy Places. Since this is the night Dave cares for Gladys, it's the one night a week our South Jordan garden members work in our 3 - 4 South Jordan Gardens.  Tonight we mostly picked a lot of harvest which was really fun.  Harvest tonight was watermelon, green peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, onions, etc. 
I like to tell you what occupies a lot of my time since these are the types of activities that, for me, keep me very happy regardless of what else is going on in my life.  "Working" is a HUGE blessing and I am very grateful to be able to work often in these gardens.  I like doing it with a few other people and it's actually a lot of fun.  It's very healing too, watching things grow and being around the cycle of life.  You know what I'm talking about if you've ever picked produce straight from the garden and then ate it immediately.  Life doesn't get much better than that.  SO GOOD!!!!  That's gotta make my body happy inside some how!
I'm convinced that your attitude and emotions are a big part of any thing you do.   
Also being around people that make you happy and enjoy working are the best kind of people to hang out with. 
Sitting around worrying isn't something I'm interested in doing.

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