Today, I had a CT-guided deep bone biopsy done on my posterior right hip. Basically, right beside my spine. I was surprised this was the area they wanted to get tissue from as none of my scan reports mention much activity there. Because I process things visually, I asked to see the scan with the lesion! They rolled the monitor out and showed it to me and explained how it would be easier to access this particular lesion. What was interesting to me is the fact that I have long felt pain in this particular spot (nothing too major), but always associated the pain with nerve pain from the spinal lesions.
Lots of lidocaine, but it did still hurt at times. Nothing too unbearable and definitely not the worst pain I have felt. They got two "good" tissue samples and one "decent" sample. It's now about nine hours after the procedure and I just took two more ibuprofen for the ache.
It's important to remember that the purpose of this biopsy is not to determine if I have cancer or not. We already know that I DO have cancer which means there are no "good" results. The purpose is to get a clearer picture of the cancer in order to put together the best treatment plan for what's happening in my body now. I will meet with my oncologist on Wednesday of next week to get the plan finalized.
Both kids started school this week and so far, so good! Michael's transition to middle school is going well and Rachel is enjoying 8th grade. Their sports start up full force the first week of September. Rachel will be doing cross-country and gymnastics and Michael will be playing soccer.
May God's grace be upon you all, no matter where you are on your journey.
Thank you for sharing our journey.