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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Very good news. I had an appointment at Johns Hopkins this afternoon and they measured my vision at 99% of normal! I think it's pretty close but probably not quite that good as I tend to do better in confined spaces (like in my den or a Dr.'s examination room). Still, I drove myself to Baltimore this morning without any trouble and am a way happier camper than I was a few months ago. Next appointment at Hopkins is in 6 months and doc expects 100% recovery by then.


    Excellent news!

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    Wish me luck. Going in for a CT scan today to have a look at the evil second head trying to force its way out of my belly. The doctor thinks it's most likely a cyst, easily treatable with microsurgery. But it could also be lymphoma, which would send me back to my oncologist for chemotherapy and a more uncertain prognosis. Right now, "cyst" sounds real good to me.

    I'll keep you all posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Wish me luck. Going in for a CT scan today to have a look at the evil second head trying to force its way out of my belly. The doctor thinks it's most likely a cyst, easily treatable with microsurgery. But it could also be lymphoma, which would send me back to my oncologist for chemotherapy and a more uncertain prognosis. Right now, "cyst" sounds real good to me.

    I'll keep you all posted.
    Wishing you the very best of luck.

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    Hopefully it will be a cyst. Even if it is a lymphoma they are very treatable. Good luck, my friend!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Crossing fingers and hoping for best xxxxxx
    Natalie

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    Stupid ugly second head



    If I ever meet your second head, I'll have some rude words to say to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Stupid ugly second head



    If I ever meet your second head, I'll have some rude words to say to it.
    You might not be all that taken with the first one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    You might not be all that taken with the first one.
    Yes, I suppose so.

    At least we can be polite and quietly listen to some Wagner together but I'm not drinking with the second one.

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    Update: Took forever to get in to see the doctor, but the good news is that it's a cyst, not lymphoma. I'm seeing a digestive doctor tomorrow for a second opinion on how to proceed, but it looks like I'll need surgery in the near future, hopefully with no long-term repercussions. So even though I'm uncomfortable right now (never let anyone tell you an evil second head growing in your belly is a pleasant experience), at least I can look forward to a more or less complete recovery.

    Thanks again for your support!

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    Yaaaaayyy for good news!
    Natalie

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    Excellent news Amfortas!

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    That is good news.


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    Sigh . . . the more doctors I see, the less they know what this thing is. Just something that shows up on a CT scan as a big black hole in my belly. I fear its gravitational pull threatens to collapse the universe.

    So they may have to operate on me, take the thing out (assuming they can), and only *then* find out what it is. Not an entirely encouraging prospect. Before that, though, I'll have more diagnostic procedures to see if they can learn more, maybe not have to fly blind when they open me up.

    At least I manage to keep things interesting--you gotta give me *that*!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Sigh . . . the more doctors I see, the less they know what this thing is. Just something that shows up on a CT scan as a big black hole in my belly. I fear its gravitational pull threatens to collapse the universe.

    So they may have to operate on me, take the thing out (assuming they can), and only *then* find out what it is. Not an entirely encouraging prospect. Before that, though, I'll have more diagnostic procedures to see if they can learn more, maybe not have to fly blind when they open me up.

    At least I manage to keep things interesting--you gotta give me *that*!
    I think you're secretly auditioning for the new Alien movie.

    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Sigh . . . the more doctors I see, the less they know what this thing is. Just something that shows up on a CT scan as a big black hole in my belly. I fear its gravitational pull threatens to collapse the universe.

    So they may have to operate on me, take the thing out (assuming they can), and only *then* find out what it is. Not an entirely encouraging prospect. Before that, though, I'll have more diagnostic procedures to see if they can learn more, maybe not have to fly blind when they open me up.

    At least I manage to keep things interesting--you gotta give me *that*!
    Let's hope it is nothing. My sister's doctors thought they had found a tumor or something in the lower intestines. Had her scared because it was a location more likely have a cancerous tumor (statistically I guess). They did a colonoscopy and found nothing.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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