Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Best Results

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So I never realized just how anxious I was going to be for a follow-up CT scan until the actual day it was happening. I had told my parents that there was no reason for them to go since I work down in OKC and would be driving down there for work that Monday morning anyways. Plus, wouldn’t know the results that day. However, I have not been to any kind of doctor’s appointment by myself since all of this began back in January. I went to the appointment that morning and had to be there an hour early so I could drink this huge jug of “lemonade flavored substance” that was obviously medicated. Well that is when my nerves set in. I had an hour of alone time to just think of all the possible “what-if’s. The test itself lasted about 15 minutes and was no big deal but made me feel really lousy for the rest of the day. I learned that I should not go to any type of doctor’s appointment alone again, results or no results.

While I was already very anxious and nervous for the rest of the day and the following day, I then read a blog that I read quite often and learned of a girl who lives only 30 minutes from me who had passed away that day. She had been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2007, had chemotherapy treatment, was cured, and the disease came back on a later PET scan. I am not sure of the events that followed but sadly, she lost her battle this year. This not only made me very sad for her and her family, but also made me even more anxious about my results. Please keep her family in your prayers. This young girl was only 22 years old with so much life ahead of her! 😦

Now, I will tell you about my CT scan results. Last Wednesday, Dr. Armor said the words that I hope to hear many more times in my future. He said “your CT scan was clear!!” I can’t tell you how much relief I felt when I heard those words. It was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. He did however explain that after having Hodgkins Lymphoma, I will always have lymph nodes that are enlarged in some areas of my body. He informed me that they would keep close watch on those so they would know if anything abnormal were to occur. I also learned that I can get my port out on September 28! Although I am not thrilled about having another surgery, I can’t wait to finally get this thing out of me!! Please pray that the surgery will go smoothly and my scar will be minimal.

God has been oh so good! I am still loving my rotation at OU Medical Center and continue to get compliments frequently about how cute my “short hair cut” is! I love that they have no idea what the first six months of this year entailed for me. 🙂 I have really been enjoying catching up with old friends who also live in OKC. It is so good to be able to live life and not have to worry about being around other people. I am still careful and cautious if people are sick because my white blood cell count still isn’t back to normal but I don’t refrain from doing most things.

I am getting excited about going to some OSU football games soon and hopefully some OKC Thunder games this fall as well! 🙂 Also, Will and I are taking his parents back to my hometown at the beginning of October and I am really looking forward to that. My parents are going as well and my dad is preaching that Sunday which is very exciting! I can’t believe that my final rotation is already 1/4 of the way over and I’m almost ready to get a “big girl job!” I also learned this week that I will be able to take my national board exam in January which is such a blessing! Please pray that I will know where I am supposed to get a job and witness to those that don’t know about our wonderful Savior!

Thanks so much for your continued prayers, love, and support! I couldn’t have done it without you all! It’s so exciting to me that the end of this chapter in my life is finally in sight! Psalm 40:11 states “You oh Lord will not withhold your compassion from me; your loving kindness and your truth will continually preserve me.” He is so great, all you have to do is trust in Him!

The Real World

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So I have now been back in “the real world” for almost a week now and it feels great! I love having a purpose every day and being able to interact with new people. I am currently working at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City on their trauma floor, so as you would probably assume, I have and will see a little bit of everything. It’s so interesting and luckily I have remembered how to do what I do and why I chose this field in the first place. I have also met some other really sweet students that make my days even better 🙂 My instructor is awesome too so that makes it all pretty great.

Although I am not so excited about being away from my family and Will all week, I have really enjoyed spending time with my roommate and getting to hear about her exciting days in her surgery rotation as well. I have been trying to take advantage of my time away and use it to study! My boards are going to be here before I know it and now that I am back in the “real world,” they will be here even sooner. It’s amazing how much faster time goes by when you have something to do all day! 🙂

This past weekend was really fun! I mentioned previously that Will, Ashlei, and I went to Missouri with Will’s family to spend some time at the lake. Although the weather was not ideal, we still were able to do quite a bit. We went shopping, went out on the pontoon to watch the kids tube, laid by the pool, played miniature golf, watched fireworks, and had a lot of really good meals! I was reminded of how much I love Osage Beach and hope that we are able to go back there more often in the future.

This was the first week I have gone without wearing a hat or anything else on my head. I think I was more nervous about that than my first day back at clinicals. I literally prayed my entire way to the city from Stillwater on Tuesday morning. Once again, God is so awesome. As soon as I walked in, I got two compliments from two different women about how cute my haircut was! Little did they know that I didn’t cut my hair this short 🙂 I just smiled and thanked them. God used them that day to calm my nerves. Thanks again for all your prayers. I will keep you updated on how my doctor’s appointment goes next week. Hopefully it’s all good news from here on out! I will keep trusting Him and His plan no matter what! 🙂