Last week I had my cancer check up with Ceri, no.17 - all ok upstairs, which is always nice.
However, I have had a cough for nearly 4 - 5 weeks and can't seem to shift it, so on the instructions of the Wife I tell Ceri about this and he suggests that I should have a chest CT scan, just to make sure all is ok.
My scan was booked for the following Tuesday (two days ago) - reminded me of the scan I had two years ago to check my lungs, in case the cancer had spread... not a pleasant reminder really. Anyhow, the usual takes place, they pop a line in your arm so that as the machine scans you it automatically pumps an iodine type mix I think into your blood stream, which helps to show up all of your internals.
15 minutes and I am out. No problem. I text Ceri that I have had this done and he tells me that he will check the report the next evening when he is in that building and give me a call.
So, last night, Ceri calls... bit nervous to answer that call to be honest, you never quite know what you are going to get from a call like that.
He starts by saying that my chest is clear, but the radiologist has produced a big report. I have a 4mm, so in perspective, tiny, nodule showing on my left lobe (lung, not ear!) - this wasn't on my previous CT scan, but that could simply be due to the fact that the machine has been upgraded with a better scanning resolution, thus, maybe the nodule was there all along and it is just being seen now. However, the radiologist doesn't think that this has anything to do with my cancer but just to cover his backside I will have to have another scan in 6 months to make sure that it isn't growing.
What do I make of all of this? Well, I feel quite good in that my chest is clear, my heart, liver and glands are clear. So in one way it is like being healthier than the next man, however, having a "something" albeit a 4mm more than likely benign "something" is just another thing to think about in 6 months...
This cancer thing doesn't just invade your body, it invades your mind. You have to try and think positive and not let the darker thoughts take over, especially when you are getting checked out. I feel quite lucky really that I am checked out so often, because if anything does crop up in the future we will be all over it like a rash - which, is a good thing.
So, if you are being checked out, if you have "precaution" type scans and tests, keep your chin up, it is a good thing, not a bad thing!