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It's Back??? UPDATE 4/17/12


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4 years later here we sit waiting and wondering.

A couple of weeks ago Tom was having a lot of trouble breathing. He called the doctor and they refused to give him and appt. They told him to go straight to the ER. Instead he went to the local urgent care clinic. The clinic took one look at him and called 911 and had an ambulance transport him to the hospital. They took very good care of him and got him comfortable and admitted him with pneumonia. This is the 3rd time in 3 years for pneumonia.

While he ws there they did a chest x-ray and said there was a 3cm mass in the right lung. His original tumor was also in the right lung on the main bronchus near the aorta. This one is in the lower lobe. They called in the Onc for a consult and he sent him for a CT which we had done on 4/6. We go to the Onc for results on 4/13. We can pick up the copy of the CD and report on Monday though so we will basically know what is going on before the appt with the Onc.

Tom is still having trouble breathing and is very weak. He actually let me push him in a wheel chair when he went for his CT. This is the first time he has let me do this but he knew he couldn't make the walk. He has also lost 15 lbs in the last 1 1/2 months and is now covered in a rash on his chest, stomach, arms, back and thighs. This is an odd symptom to have as nothing has changed in his environment or diet for him to being having an allergic reaction to anyhting. Nor is he on any medications that he would react to.

Needless to say I am very worried.

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Hi Denise,

I am really sorry to hear of Tom's condition,just to say I am thinking of you both at this difficult time.Please keep us informed of Toms progress.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Thanks all!!

Tom's Oncologist has confirmed that there is NO SIGN OF CANCER!!! He says the bad news is that your lungs look like crap. The good news is it's NOT CANCER.Yeah baby!!!

The Onc also said that Tom is getting very good at catching pneumonia. We have now added Spiriva and a Pro Air inhaler for the COPD. Hopefully this will help with the breathing and give him a bit more stamina.

This man continues to amaze me. He's like the energizer bunny. He keeps going and going and going.


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