March 03, 2006

Good Report

I just got home from my appointments at Hopkins. There was again some waiting involved, but it was not as bad as before. So, to the meat of it... My CT scan was normal, and my bloodwork was also normal, so though I cannot officially be declared "cancer free" until after radiation therapy, I'm close if not there now. Radiation will take place in order to fry any microscoping remnants that may or may not have spread into the lymph nodes in my back.

I see Dr. Song, a radiologist, on Monday and am going to investigate the possibility of having it done closer to home. There is a healthy difference between a 20 minute drive and an hour drive, so I am hoping it will not be a problem for that to occur. I may also find out at this appointment how often I need to be checked over the next five or so years. The urologist wants to see me back in a year, which is substantially later than I had imagined from my reading. It would certainly be nice if I didn't have to add bimonthly appointments to my doctor appointment lineup, so I am hoping that'll be enough. It's hard to complain about a once a year appointment.

So, things are looking good. Radiation isn't going to be a walk in the park with my existing health problems, but I have a definite light at the end of the tunnel to keep me moving along. Thank you all for your continuing support. I'd like you all to think about an idea I had over the past couple of weeks that I will describe below.

When all of this is over, I would really like to get a big group of family and friends to go to the aquarium, natural history museum, or both over a few weeks, and I would further like to not have to be the organizer of it all. I have not been to either place since I was a little kid and I think this would be a great way to move out of a rough situation. I would need a wheelchair to last through the day, but I would be able to handle that concept I believe. I think it would be a lot of fun to get whole families in on it, kids and all, and if people drove separately some could leave earlier than others if they needed to do so. This could happen as a big family and friends arrangement, or we could set up a family day in one place and a friends day in the other. I am confident everyone would get along great regardless of which way we chose to do it. So, send me your comments with your thoughts on this idea. It's too early to figure in any dates because I don't know how long radiation goes or how whipped I will be on account of it, but that can happen once a few weeks have passed.

Posted by Andy at March 3, 2006 07:10 PM to the News category

WOOHOOO! I am doing a Happy Dance all over my house tonight! Prayers do get answered. I am very grateful for your good news.

I'm not sure about the details of how you'd like to coordinate our trip to the Science center or Aquarium but I'm happy to be your Official Coordinator. Consider it done. We'll wait until after you're through the next steps to plan anything. Great news and good job taking care of yourself.

Posted by: Susan at March 3, 2006 09:25 PM

What a wonderful relief! I'm so happy you're in such good shape and will continue to hope for more good news.

Glad the wait this time was shorter and easier; sounds like a good strategy to move the radiation closer.

Where's the natural history museum is B-more? Is it new? I haven't been to that Aquariun since Cass Flahavan took me there when I was much younger. Kudos to Susan for volunteering.

Take good care, Andy!

Posted by: Tom at March 3, 2006 10:32 PM

Nope, I'm talking about the Smithsonian natural history museum. I've been into that stuff since before I could read and have only been one time to my knowledge, two at the most.

I think it rocks that Susan is willing to spearhead this trip initiative. What's great is that I have somebody in my friends group who will do the same, so we can cover both groups easily. I think I know the right people.

Any opinion on whether to merge groups or split? I don't know how many people would be involved. It might be better to do a Mosmillers day and a friends day if we have numbers, which we might.

Posted by: Andy at March 3, 2006 11:39 PM

WHAT OUTSTANDING NEWS!!!!!!! I hope the positives of this will carry your spirits through the radiation treatments.

As to the outing, we'd love to join. It's been too long since we've taken the kids to DC. Perhaps a perfect Spring outing. Chris and Matt would be in heaven paling around with Jack (no offense girls).

Andy - It may be wise two separate your friends from the family. I'm wondering if they would be overwhelmed with the herd of kids.

Susan - I'd be happy to assist in corralling the Wilson clan. Although, an early posting to the web site may simply take care of everything.

Posted by: Jim & Susanne at March 4, 2006 07:26 AM

That's great news!

Posted by: rubanek at March 4, 2006 09:25 AM


We are so happy for you... I hope the radiation isn't too rough and again, please let us know if there is anything we can do to help.

We'd love to get together at the aquarium or any museum of your choice. Keep us posted.. Nicole

Posted by: Nicole at March 4, 2006 10:39 AM
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