Monday, July 27, 2009

Mineral Oil - Not Cancer

My father and I just came from his doctor's appointment to follow up on the surgery. It has been confirmed that the mass that was removed from his lung was not a cancerous tumor but....

Aspiration Pneumonia Mineral Oil
Mass like
Alveolar features
Kerley lines: Interstitial feature, as it is being transported to lymphatics
Myxoedematous patient, taking mineral oil for constipation.

Caused by my dad's use of mineral oil as a stool softener. This was a most welcome surprise! No chemotherapy, no radiation and he is healing just fine. A physical therapist comes twice a week and they exercise his now significantly smaller left lung, but so far so good.


Saturday, July 11, 2009

Very Sad

I just read this article about a 40 year old man who suffers from early onset Alzheimer's that went undiagnosed for four years. This story is so very sad and unfortunately becoming more and more common. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family.

Friday, July 10, 2009

I Wasn't Expecting This

I haven't posted in a while and here is why...

Well after spending Father's Day in the ER I received a call from the radiologist that told me that the CT scan showed a spiculated nodule (fancy word for tumor) on my dad's left lung. Fast forward three weeks later and my dad is now in recovery from having a Lobectomy. The tumor was found to be cancerous and the entire lower lobe on his left lung was removed. Thankfully the cancer had not shown signs of spreading to the lymph nodes or anywhere else in the body.

The craziest part is that if my dad had not fallen and broken his ribs we would not have even known about the cancer. Even further affirmation for me that all of our steps are guided by God. He has a plan for us all, we may not understand it at the time but it has a purpose. Given my dad's age and other prevalent health concerns I was worried about complications during the surgery. I finally found peace in the hospitals chapel while waiting for my dad to come out of surgery. In thinking about how we came to discover my dad's cancer I now trust that the Lord is looking over and protecting my dad.

God Bless