Saturday, February 13, 2010

Last Two Weeks: A Timeline

1/27/10: Dustin goes in for his bi-yearly scans for his synovial sarcoma. The last four years, they've found nothing. This time, they find something.

1/28/10: I get fired. (sorry, the correct term is 'let go')

1/28/10: I get a reply from an email about a job I sent out an inquiry about in November.

1/29/10: I discover that my books don't sell for very much. But sell them I am.

2/1/10: I get a job interview in three days for the job I sent out an inquiry about in November. The biopsy reports of the 'something' comes back: synovial sarcoma.

2/3/10: Two doctor appointments: the plastic surgeon who will be in charge of putting Dustin's leg back together after the orthopedic surgeon is done removing everything that the cancer is touching. And then we drive to Missouri.

2/4/10: An evening interview with the doc at the clinic. It lasts three hours!

2/5/10: A morning spent at the clinic with the doc. I leave after lunch because the temperature is rapidly dropping and it was slushing all morning. He asks if I'm interested, but he needs to know about Missouri licensing before he can offer anything.

2/6/10: We have farm-fresh eggs for breakfast. Dustin gets sick as a dog.

2/7/10: We're now both sick as dogs from the farm fresh eggs. But we have to drive back home.

2/8/10: We recover from the farm fresh eggs.

2/9/10: We fly out to Florida for vacation! We jump into the heated outdoor pool! It's in the 50's outside, but the pool is 75 degrees.

2/10/10: Busch Gardens!

2/12/10: The heated outdoor pool... wasn't heated. It was 65 degrees. We discovered this after we jumped in.

2/13/10: We fly home.

Next up:

2/16/10: Surgery. They're removing part of the bone, hopefully retaining his medial collateral ligament. They're going to try to do a muscle flap with his medial gastrocnemius muscle and a skin graft from his thigh. He'll be in the hospital for hopefully no more than 5 days, during which time, we will hopefully be meeting with an oncologist, a physical therapist and a psychologist/counselor.

I have yet to hear back from the guy I interviewed with, after I gave him the info on a Missouri license. By now, however, he's at a conference and won't be back for a week. Additionally, he was very much the type of guy who would say 'We aren't interested anymore', if he wasn't, without any delays. So I'm not that worried about it.

I have other things to worry about.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, my name is Montye Gardner... I too have synovial sarcoma and wanted to let you know about my doctor. His name is Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez in NYC I am having great success, he treats the cancer with enzyme therapy. He has other synovial sarcoma patients, all doing great. You can read more about him on his website or on my blog

    Wishing you health and happiness in 2011.