Yesterday we had an appointment for a consultation with a different surgeon for Rudee. Her original surgeon set up the appointment in order to explore our options of a different type of radiation therapy that is only available (in the Indy area anyway) at this surgeons hospital. We showed up at noon and met with the "team" and learned the radiation is a one time treatment done during the operation. The procedure is not new but the equipment needed is not available at all hospitals. The surgeon thought we would be a good fit for it and after our consultation with him we met with an oncologist for final approval. The oncologist did not feel that it would be best for us however. He went into a lot more detail of the procedures available and the fact no hard research had been done on the "one and done" radiation for Rudee's particular type of cancer cells. We decided not to be the test case. :-)
We did however make great strides in getting her surgery on the schedule. We decided to change to this hospital and surgeon for a number of reasons. The first is he is widely regarded as one of the best cancer surgeons in the area. The hospital is associated with the MD Anderson Cancer Network and they are, in my opinion, the very best in the USA for cancer treatment. Last and probably the least important is the fact they can treat us fairly quickly. Once our consultations were over we asked them to move us onto the surgery schedule and we were able to get all the pre-op tests done. Surgery day will be next Tuesday followed by a 1 week recovery and follow up appointment. At her f/u appointment the oncologist will insert a fairly large catheter that is used for the radiation and this will be left in for 7-10 days. She will then have radiation treatments two times per day for five days (6 hours apart), the catheter is removed and then she will be done.
We finally left the hospital around 6pm. Wow that was a long day but now we can relax for a few days instead of having appointments everyday. :-)
Leaving the hospital we decided to check out a trailer place nearby and ended up making a purchase. :-)
We decided to get a white one this time. No real reason for that except that the trailers they had on hand were discounted because they had some hail damage on them and the hail dents were less noticeable on the white versus the black. This trailer is a little better built then our old one and has some nicer features so we decided we could live with a few dents to get a better trailer, plus it was a few hundred $'s less than replacing our flooded one. :-)
We made a stop for something to eat on the way home since we were both starving and finally made it home shortly before 9pm. We will be keeping busy getting our new trailer ready to haul a motorcycle that we will hopefully be shopping for soon. I'll keep you posted.