Seriously no 3 – Upgrade

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Egentlig har jeg ikke så mye å fortelle dere i dag, men jeg har lovet å være åpen om denne sykdommen, og jeg har lovet å holde dere ajour med utviklingen. Det skal jeg holde!

Actually there isn’t much to tell you today, but I’ve promised to be open about my diagnosis, and I’ve promiosed to keep you informed about progress. And I’ll honor that!

Da jeg avsluttet stråleterapien ble jeg informert om at jeg ville bli innkalt til en kontroll i løpet av de neste 3 månedene. Men vårt ellers utmerkede helsevesen benytter nok en litt annen kalender enn hva jeg gjør. Og isteden for en innkalling i slutten av desember, så måtte jeg selv ta kontakt i midten av januar for å spørre om de muligens hadde glemt meg? Men det hadde de selvsagt ikke. Det var bare så mye å gjøre. Så jeg kunne forvente en innkalling i løpet av februar for en nærmere konsultasjon – foreløpig berammet til midten av mars! Som en ren opplysning til et overarbeidet helsevesen gjorde jeg oppmerksom på at min kalender på dette tidspunkt ville vise en ventetid på 6 måneder og ikke 3 som varslet. Og siden vi snakket om en kreftdiagnose, så ville det vært fint om noen våknet . . .

When I terminated my radiation teraphy, I was informed that I would be asked to meet for a control at the local hospital within three months! But our otherwise excellent Health Care System seems to operate on an entirely different calender than I am? Instead of being called in mid-December, I had to prompt in mid-January, only to be told that due to a heavy work load the hospital expected to send me a letter mid-February calling for a meeting in the middle of March! And as a piece of pure information to my over-worked hospital I felt obliged to tell them tham in mid-March my calender would show a waiting period of 6 months and contrary to our legislation! And since we were debating a diagnosis of cancer, it would be nice if sombody chose to wake up . . .

Så har det hendt noe?  Å ja, det har vel kanskje det? Periodiske smerter har blitt et fast innslag i livet. Forskjellige medisiner fyller på, det nærmeste et kjøkkenskap!  Uventede blødninger, uforklarlige testikkelsmerter, muskelvev som på mystisk vis forsvinner og som returnerer som ‘fettvev’ på steder hvor man ikke ønsker. Ting som skrumper, – en kropp i stadig forandring, men dette er prisen!  Så spørs det om jeg får belønningen den 20 feb. eller om det hele har vært forgjeves?

So has anything happened? Oh yes, I guess it has!  Periodic pains has been a ‘normal happening’ in life, but once in a while – none! Different medicines are filling up an entire kitchen cabinet. Unexpected bleedings, unexplainable testicle pains, muscle tissue that disappears and re-establishes itself as fat tissues in places you don’t want! Things that shrink, – a body undergoing contiues changing, – but this is the price that has to be paid.
The big question is whether I get the reward on Feb. 20th, or if it is all in vain . . .?

Så for bare et par dager siden fikk jeg et etterlengtet brev om kontroll  allerede på
20 Februar. (En måned spart!) I brevet ble jeg bedt om å møte 4-5 dager på forhånd for en blodprøve, en såkalt PSA som ville kunne si noe om kreftens tilstand! Pussig nok så tok jeg en slik blodprøve hos min fastlege allerede for 3 dager siden, og på mandag  førstkommende får jeg dommen! Men selvsagt skal jeg møte på hospitalet den 20 Feb. og fortelle dem ‘hvordan jeg føler meg’. Det var visst hva de ønsket å vite?! Hva jeg ønsker å vite?  Det skal bli spennende å høre om noen spør . . .?

So, only a couple of days ago I receivbedf a long sought-after letter advising me of a health control already on Feb. 20th! (One month saved!)  In the same letter they wanted me to come to the hospital for a blood test 4-5 days in advance, a so-called PSA which could say something about my cancer. It was kind of funny, but since I heard nothing from this hospital, I had just completed such a blood test with my doctor only three days ago! And on Monday Feb. 10th I’m getting my verdict! But, of course, I’ll be going to the hospital on Feb 20th as well and inform them ‘how I feel’.  That seems to be what they want to know?!  What I want to know? I’m a bit exited to find out if anybody will ask me that question?

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25 Responses to Seriously no 3 – Upgrade

  1. kathyclem says:

    Wishing you the best.♡

  2. Selv om jeg ikke er så flink til å kommentere her inne, så følger jeg med deg. Håper alt fikser seg med sykdommen. Klemsiklem fra Vgbkatten!

    • Seenorway says:

      Hei Randi,
      Jeg er gla i katter 🙂 og det var veldig hyggelig at du fant tid til å stikke innom. Det er egentlig alt for få ‘gamle venner’ her inne, men etter hvert har det jo blit flere hundre ‘internasjonale’ 🙂

  3. vestlending says:

    La oss krysse fingre og håpe det beste!

  4. Det er fælt å lesa om behandlinga du får frå det norske helsevesenet. og folk meiner dette er det beste i verda.. eg trur ikkje det!! eg vonar det går bra og at du får gode nyhende den 20!

    • Seenorway says:

      Hei Tina,
      Nja, jeg tror nok ikke jeg får noen særbehandling hverken den ene eller den andre veien 🙂
      og rett skal være rett: Jeg tror ikke litt sendrektighet hva angår etterkontroll vil være utslagsgivende i mitt tilfelle. Da måtte det i tilfelle være slik at behandlingen ikke har hatt noen effekt og at kreften blomstrer i beste velgående? Noe slikt gjelder det selvsagt å oppdage snarest, men – jeg tviler på at dette er tilfellet for meg. Egentlig er jeg ved godt mot (selv om jeg etter eget ønske sa fra meg de siste 3 strålebehandlingene) og forventer faktisk å få bekreftet at kreften er ‘stein dau’! Men det er jo en skummel sykdom som har det med å blusse opp igjen om den blir latt i fred? (Og min type var av sinteste slaget)
      Så 100% sikker kan man ikke være før etter 5 år med årlige kontroller, men 20 Feb. vil være en meget god indikator på hvor jeg står. I mellomtiden går jeg fortsatt på hormoner (for å fjerne mest mulig av kreftens potensielle livsgrunnlag) og skal fortsette denne behandliongen frem til Mai 2015 !!! Så blir det vel til slutt et spørs,mål om jeg hadde blitt 82 enten jeg hadde fått kreft eller ikke? 😀

  5. No comfort I know….but it seems to be the same poor Health Care the World over (unless you pay). What I always find strange that I hear from folk in different countries who say that ‘other’ countries are held up as offering excellent services that should be emulated……just where is that excellent health care? I guess no one knows!

    • Seenorway says:

      Hi David,
      He he, I don’t really know where, Dave. Here in Norway we ought to consider ourself lucky as any kind of treatment in hospital is completely free. But the waiting lists to get into treatment may be extremely long. In some cases: Several years! And with illnesses causing acute pain every day or (as in my case) a diagnosis that will reduce your chances to survive for every week and month you wait, time becomes an important element.
      Then there is the treatment of dental problems . . .
      Extremely costly and NOT included in the general health plans in Norway. Which means you’ll have to pay it all out of your own bank account (provided you have one) And I know there are quite a few countries in Europe where this kind of expenditure is included!
      NOT in Norway!

      • Nor is it included in the U.K (unless you happen to be pregnant). Having just has a wasted 3 years of waiting and jumping over fences to progress I do know how you feel…..the frustration is as bad as the problem. Our NHS gets a good deal of bad press but from our own experience and that of friends, once you get to treatment the system works. But getting there is a challenge in every way.

  6. Srdjana says:

    I have many years of health problems behind me. I understand. It is not at all better in Sweden. There are weird times has come. Wish you all the best.

    • Seenorway says:

      I know, Srdjana, and I know why! It’s the same all over the world. People in administration across the world (45 – 60) are largely not in the position where anybody expect to die, thus they have much more time at their disposal than the ones that have just gotten a diagnosis and who face their families every day. It’s about the same as the youth practicing some form of extreme-sport: Invincible, nor can they be killed! Nor do they ever need an insurance policy 🙂 , but times changes – and it most definitely will. For everybody!

      • Srdjana says:

        Hoppas att det går bra för dig!
        Jag är inte så ofta på bloggen, därför svarar jag idag.

        • Seenorway says:

          Well, min private D-dag er 20 feb. da får jeg møte en spesialist og diskutere betydningen av de siste prøvers resultater. Selv mener jeg at jeg er på rett vei, men det har vært noen små overraskelser underveis som jeg gjerne diskuterer litt med legen før jeg sier noe endelig. Forøvrig fortsetter jo behandlingen frem til mai 2015, så dette er ikke noe man kvitter seg med sånn i en fart.

          • Srdjana says:

            Det tar tid och det är en lång behandlingstid.
            Vad ska jag säga? När man blir äldre förändrar man syn på livet (i alla fall jag har förändrat mig). Man accepterar och går vidare.
            Lycka till! 🙂

            • Seenorway says:

              Takk!
              Ja, det er jo slik at man vil akseptere en hvilken som helst behandling om bare alternativet er tilstrekkelig ‘uspiselig’ 🙂
              Og i en situasjon hvor man selv ikke har noen ‘gode løsninger’, så blir jo valget ofte enkelt. Men det er mange små og store overraskelser underveis, og de fleste av dem må man bare leve med! Og i mitt tilfelle så er jo alternativet alltid uakseptabelt!

  7. RoSy says:

    How terrible to have to wait & have dates pushed around like that.
    Hope things turn out ok though & that you get the help that you need to help you feel better & not have to go through more pain.

    • Seenorway says:

      Hi RoSy,
      Oh, I’ve received help all right, and it’s absolutely free here in Norway, but with a diagnosis of cancer, time-lines are getting important. A week or two may mean the difference between continued life or death – depending on age and the form of cancer we’re talking about.
      In my case age and the type of cancer give me more time than most, but that said – I guess things can never happen fast enough once you’ve got such a diagnosis. It’s human, I think! 🙂 Feb. 20th is my private little ‘D-day’ 🙂

  8. vera ersilia says:

    Sorry to hear that health systems can be damming anywhere. Sorry to hear that you may face difficult times. If you ever want to rant, to vent and complain, feel free to write at my private email. It is so ‘private’ that you’ll find it on my word press avatar. I have many years of health problems behind me, I can really understand. Keep me posted. Sincerely, Vera

    • Seenorway says:

      Hi Vera,
      I thank you for your compassion, but – I think I’m doing fine 🙂 I’m pretty relaxed about the situation as everybody in my age, healthy or sick, has to take into consideration that life will end one of these days. If you die ‘of’ or ‘with’ an ilness is not important, Not when you’re
      passed 77, it’s not. To some it might even come as a relief (not in my case), but I know there are thousands out there that are getting their diagnosis today- shocked and afraid.
      That’s why I have elected to be quite frank about this. After all, ‘death’ is a normal thing in life. (Everybody will experience it at some point) But somehow I don’t think I’m first in line just yet. (I guess that goes for almost everybody 🙂 ) For the time being my D-day is Feb. 20th! Then I’ll know more, and I may possibly conclude this little serie called ‘Seriously’.

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