When I last saw The Oncologist™, he was his usual affable self1. He asked about side effects then seemed quite unconcerned about the gastro ones and suggested tums for heart burn. We weren’t talking about a little case of heart burn here. I was having acid reflux which is actually quite difficult for me to pull off given that I have vertically banded gastroplasty.2 So, we went on in our usual way as he asked about numbness or tingling in the extremities and I had none to report. He was not particularly interested in anything else I had to say.
I decided to broach the question as to the stage of my cancer as it was some information I required to be added in to a Facebook group for women with metastatic breast cancer. I expected him to tell me that he couldn’t tell me that yet. But instead he blithely said: four.3 I get that The Oncologist™ is a super duper well-learned, trying to be kind of cool dude but man can’t you summon up a little human compassion?
I have copies of his reports to my doctor which I have not read yet. It will be interesting to see what he says. I really don’t like him at all. However, I do like that I can go to a hospital close to home, where the clinic is nice and they give you a staff parking pass so you only have to pay $3.50 for parking. I shall try to find a redeeming quality in The Oncologist™.
In other news, I got an Impark ticket cancelled by being nice and lying a little. We didn’t pay for enough time at Royal Columbian Hospital when I had my port done last Friday. In all fairness, they did make me wait a long time to go home! The parking prices at hospitals is horrible. I don’t know how those without the means to pay handle it. Today, I am grateful I have the means.
- As in, not.
- Basically, my stomach has been made into 2 pieces a small piece at the top with a tube or banded channel for the food to pass through. In order for me to get acid reflux it actually has to go up through that tube.
- Empathy Translator here: Given the clinical picture with a triple negative tumour, inflammatory breast cancer and metastases in your lungs I would have to say stage 4.
Days since breast cancer diagnosis: 50