Monday, May 19, 2008

It Really Better Not Be A Tumor

I made a reference to the movie Kindergarten Cop in the title of a post a couple of weeks ago. I thought I might clear that up today. Sometimes I assume that everyone will know what I’m talking about when I drop a line from a movie. I don’t know why, but sometimes people will stare at me blankly when I say, Tito Puente's gonna be dead, and you're gonna say, "Oh, I've been listening to him for years, and I think he's fabulous."

At the same time that I had written that post, my wife was really sick. She was having a hard time standing up without getting dizzy and falling down. It was so bad that she couldn’t drive. I had to take time off of work to get her to the urgent care center.

The PA that looked after Sherri ran many tests. He couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Finally he said he wanted to do a CAT scan. He said she probably just has a virus, but wants to do this to make sure it is not something else.

We grab our paperwork and head out to the Lucy Curci Imaging Center. It was time for school to get out, so we had to pick up Alissa on the way. Austin would be home later.

Alissa was all questions on the way there. Why are both of you picking me up from school? What’s wrong with mommy? How long are we going to be? Can we have ice cream on the way home? It was all cute until I pulled into the parking lot and noticed that the Lucy Curci Imaging Center was really the Lucy Curci Cancer Center. Sherri noticed the look on my face and gave me that don’t say a word in front of the little girl look.

I am now waiting with Alissa in the lobby for Sherri to get her CAT scan. We are doing her home work, talking about her day in school, and I’m dying inside. My little girl has no idea what this CAT scan is for. What the hell are we going to do if the person that holds this family together has cancer? What’s Sherri going through in the other room?

Sherri comes out after about 15 minutes and we wait to hear from the technician. It didn’t take long, maybe 10 minutes. The technician says that we would have to go back to the urgent care center and discuss the results there. Give me a break. So we go back to the urgent care center.

Everything was fine, no tumor. But we still don’t know what is going on. The PA gives Sherri a prescription for motion sickness, and it has kind of helped. He thinks it is a virus and that it will pass.

Sherri is now experiencing some numbness and tingling in her arm. She has now seen our regular doctor and told him everything that has gone on for the last 2 weeks. He thinks that everything is probably related to a possible neck injury she sustained at work. We are now waiting for an MRI approval from her workman’s comp carrier.

All I can say is, “At least its not a tumaaa.” (my best Austrian accent)


Guinevere said...

Oh wow! Scary stuff! Glad to hear they didn't find any sort of tumor. Weird to think you're keeping your fingers crossed that it's just a neck injury, huh? lol I hope you figure it out soon!

Lori said...

What a tough day, but with a not-unhappy ending.

RE your comment on my blog:

We are from the same era, then.

I did feel good at my 25th reunion. Nobody remembered me, but many of them wished they did ;-).

You sure were a handsome dude!

Miranda said...

Sorry to hear about all this. I hope Sherri continues to get better and feels like her old self again soon.

Hyperher said...

I like that doctors are thorough, but I dislike the "worst case scenario" way they have. It causes a lot of needless stress and panic. I hope that despite that you all are doing okay.

White Hot Magik said...

I did get the line from kindergarten cop, but not the other one from stripes.

I am glad Sherri doesn't have a tumor and glad to know it was a virus. I was feeling really dizzy after my return from Nashville for a few weeks, had a few days where I wouldn't drive either. Quite frankly I was scared, but didn't want to go to the doc because I didn't think we could afford the tests. I am fine now, so maybe it was just a virus. Ben kept quoting that line to reassure me. He is sweet like that.

VENTL8R said...

Ooo! Great song! Anywho, new home! Come find me!

Mocha said...

Oh, God. All I wanted was a happy ending to this but still...keep us posted. I can't even make an inappropriate joke here so give her a kiss and hug for me.


Those are for HER. Not YOU. Although you benefit from the giving of it.

Patty O said...

Sorry to hear about what's happened, but it's good to see there's no tumor.

I read one of your comments somewhere about you having a fantasy baseball team. Yahoo? I have two teams. One was doing pretty good until I got knocked to 7th place today! GRRR!

Rigel said...

Did the doctors consider if Sherri has Vertigo? The tingling down the arm sounds like a nerve injury though and neck-related.

I hope you get an accurate diagnosis soon. I'm glad it's not a tumor.