Sometimes Reports Are Hard to Read

February 23, 2009 at 6:50 am 4 comments

How can I say this and be kind, or better yet, not look stupid?  The doctor’s 4 page report stated,”A CT Scan on December of 2008 was personally reviewed and we do see the presence of a mass.  We also see the presence of a 14 mm left upper lobe medial nodule in the chest.  The mass is now 10 cm (5″) and appears somewhat more solid.”

In rereading this several times, now I am thinking that sentence about the nodule had nothing to do with the two sentences referring to the mass (which was removed last week).  So, now my question is, “Why did the Dr. not mention the size to which the nodule has grown since the Dec.,’08 CT Scan?”  By saying he sees the presence of a mass, then writing about the 14 mm nodule, then saying the mass is now 10 cm…that threw me into a panic.  

How was I to know the Dr. meant the mass in sentence one was the 10 cm (5″) mass he was talking about in the 3rd sentence. Right now, I am thankful to know that the 5″ mass is gone.  We do know there are two  small nodules in Dan’s left lung.  We do not know the present size, nor what the next step is.

We celebrate that today in addition to walking 250′ Dan climbed 12 stairs!  As far as the physical therapist is concerned, Dan is ready to go home.  However…don’t you hate the “howevers?”  As I was saying, “However,” two stitches on the flap pulled loose.  The flap is leaking body fluid.  It took the nursing staff 3 days to decide there was a problem with the flap…and report it to the plastic surgery team. It would have been nice if we had thought to tell the Plastic Surgeon.

Dan’s siblings go home Monday morning.  I’ll drive to the hospital in the little Geo loaned to us.  And, we will decide minute by minute if we are going to continue to trust God to keep His promises that everything is going to be okay.  II Thessalonians 2:13-3:5 is worth reading.  II Thess. 3:3 says, “But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” — Anne and Dan

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  • 1. Gerry  |  February 24, 2009 at 2:40 am

    What exciting news that Dan’t doing so well!! Wow! 250′ and back!! Way to go, Dan! Anne, I think we non-medical people need to have “test results for dummys” classes, of results in just plain language! Thanks for the updates! Prayers and love, Gerry

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  • 2. Gerry  |  February 24, 2009 at 2:41 am

    What exciting news that Dan’s doing so well!! Wow! 250′ and back!! Way to go, Dan! Anne, I think we non-medical people need to have “test results for dummys” classes, or results in just plain English! Thanks for the updates! Prayers and love, Gerry

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  • 3. Fern Doyle  |  February 24, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    I am wondering if Dan got to go home and how he is doing. It sounds like he is gaining more strength with each passing day. We are still praying.
    Fern

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  • 4. Sherrie Hammond  |  February 26, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    I love this smiling face, Dan! What a joy to see you smiling again after you’ve been through so much! Praise God from whom all good blessings flow! You are a joy to behold!

    “Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits–who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s (Psalm 103:2-5-NIV).”

    Love to you both,
    Sherrie H.

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