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Rick Oates

First post: 4/22/2017 Latest post: 9 hours ago
On Tuesday, April 17th after about 3 hours of work an acute pain developed to such a degree that I had to go home.  From there Diana took me to the local Swedish ER.  I have been receiving treatment for BPH (Benign prostatic hyperplasia) for about 18 months and the symptoms were similar, yet different.  The ER doctor did a good job of eliminating issues and ordering of tests.  The final test, CT Scan with contrast confirmed that I no longer need to be treated for anything that is Benign.  There is a growth off my prostrate that is cancerous.  The next morning Diana takes me to a Urologist at Swedish, who has never seen this in her 9 years of practice.  So, the next big step is to get a biopsy to determine if this is prostate or a sarcoma cancer.  She is getting all the urology docs at Swedish together today to determine which is the best type of biopsy.  It looks like the biopsy will occur on Monday.    

My greatest immediate concern is pain management, which was 7 to 9 on a scale of 10 on Tuesday.  The only solution currently is the use of a narcotic, which has consequences as well.  I am still working, albeit a bit slower and not as long each day, which is ok with my boss.  Yet, Diana, who is still in the finals weeks of recovering from her surgery in February is now my chauffeur, as I cannot drive on the pain meds. 

The one thought that continues to go through my mind is the opening sentience from the Doxology, “Praise God From Who All Blessing Flow…..”

Once again (did not think we would be using those words) we will be using this site is to allow others to follow our journey. 

Thanks for reading.


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