Friday, May 21, 2010

So...It's Time To Give In A Little

**UPDATE - guesses will be posted at the bottom**
Some things are happening. I have had "the talk" with my coworkers. I have had "the talk" with my sisters - who laughed at the notion that this was *news*. Jennifer said she and Grace have been discussing this and trying to guess when I would talk to them about it. They have known for weeks. the signs were apparently very clear to them. Actually, Jennifer ripped me so bad that I was laughing too hard to defend myself.

In light of all this "truthiness", I have relented and made an appointment with Dr. Miller, my oncologist.

I called yesterday -

"Hi, I need to make an appointment with Dr. Miller."

"Have you seen him before?"

"Yes, it's been a while."

She took my name, asked for my medical record number and then my date of birth. Then she asked me to hold on.

"Can you come in on the 25th?" Seriously? Next Tuesday? When I made my first appointment in 2008, they were booking six weeks out. But now I can be seen in four business days? I explained that I couldn't do the 25th.

"What about the 4th?" No, sorry. That's the day I am taking off to get ready for my parent's 50th wedding anniversary party.

"The 8th?"

"Ok, yes, I will come in on the 8th. So....I'm on the bad girl list, huh?"

She just laughed. But clearly, my file is flagged with a note that if I call, get me in quick before I disappear again.

So.......shall we start a pool on what the number will be? The normal range of IgA for non-cancerous patients is 70-350. A chart of my numbers is here. When I was diagnosed on 06/10/2008, my number was 5948. My most recent NEMC result on 03/24/09 was 4190. I have not let them do a single thing to me since then.

I'm going to guess 5150.

Leave your guess in the comments....I'll have to come up with a prize for the person who comes closest without going over. Results can take 48 to 72 hours to come to me, so we will run this pool until Friday June 11th.
NavyCS is guessing 300. What a nice guy. But he is going to lose.
Pia comments with no guess, lol. Follow the directions!
Pat in work - guesses 4,568
My sister Jen says this is morbid, sick and twisted, so she guesses it fits.
It's ok people..... I think it's funny.
Pia takes 1971, hmmm....why would that be a good year, lol!
Scott the Badger takes 795.
AW1 Tim thinks I'm an angel, lol! And takes 2500


Pia said...

Does your guess of 5150 have anything to do with the police code? What are you trying to tell us?

Either that, or you're a Van Halen fan.

Tom Goering said...

My guess is 300. A very big slice of chocolate cake has to have an overwhelming positive effect on one's health.

I pray that I am right.

BostonMaggie said...

Pia, you lost me!

Tom, that was a huge slice of cake...and really good. I had the other half for breakfast the next day. that's the great thing about rooming with Mary Ripley - no judgement.

Homefront Six said...

5150 is an involuntary psychiatric hold (or the CA code for such). Heh. It's also the title of a Van Halen album (the first after Sammy Hagar joined the group if I'm not mistaken).

I'm with Tom - chocolate cake cures all. Praying for low numbers.

BostonMaggie said...

Ha! I love it! A psychiatric hold. It fits doesn't it?

Again Lia doesn't seriously guess.

You people aren't going to win the prize.

Pia said...

Homefront gave the definition. I believe Britney Spears was committed under 5150 when she shaved her head. I wish I didn't know that.

Okay, I'll play... 1971. It was a good year and I'm an incurable optimist.

BostonMaggie said...

I may be crazy, but I will not be shaving my head.

SCOTTtheBADGER said...

795. I want you to get better. I lost the Badger Mom to cancer on May 31 last year. I enjoy reading your blog, and don't want to lose someone who provides me with both pleasure, and often, something to think about.

AW1 Tim said...

2500. I lost a sister to liver cancer, and like Scott says, you are too important to "retire" just now. Besides, God has enough angels up there. We still need a few down here, ayuh.