Oct 28, 2023

Saturday October 28th~

He who is not courageous enough to
 take risks will accomplish nothing in life...

Flashback to the days when my hair was a bit longer.  This is
 Branson 2022 on our deck.  Looking through some pictures and deleting
 quite a bit, I realize I do miss being home in Branson.  I saw my wildlife
 and those eyes of the deer just looking at me.  For a few minutes there, 
I just wished I was there once again to feed them and see them.

Here in Florida my life is busy, and that's always good. My medical 
calendar for November is already filling up.  I finally got conformation 
to go ahead with the body scan.  It's a four day appointment with
 five procedures to be done.  Also in preparation for this scan, I will
 be doing a 14 day low iodine diet.  I did it before, I will do it again. 
 No other options.  Exciting to buy stuff I probably won't eat 😁.

Appointments are already scheduled:

NOV 13 2023 INFUSION 30 MIN.      NOV 14 2023 INFUSION 30 MIN. 
 These are injections.  The give you an injection of a radioactive liquid called
 radionuclide or radioactive tracer.  They inject it through a small tube in a
 vein in your arm or back of your hand.  It's a small amount or radiation.

Since I have  residual thyroid tissue remaining after
 my thyroid cancer, there is always a risk factor for
 recurrence of cancer.  Hence the full body scan.

NOV 17 2023 LAB DRAW 30 MIN
 Cancer Center Outpatient Treatment

 @ Nuclear Medicine Center.  This will hopefully detect areas
 of abnormality, such as lumps (nodules) or inflammation.  Determines
whether the thyroid cancer has spread beyond the thyroid gland.

I'm so ready to get this over with.  Already planning on what
 kinds of foods to eat.  I usually read ingredients on everything I buy,
 but now I really have to read it and look out for some absolute no-no's.
  I hope Arvid is ready for this.  The last time I had this scan, Brutus
 was alive.  Arvid went to Chicago and after a few days
 I joined him.  When I was no longer "radioactive"

To me this is just another inconvenience that needs to be done.  Everyone
 is so very nice, so it makes the experience even better.  Best part is I meet
 people, we talk and I realize once again that I am very fortunate in life.  The 
most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, 
known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their
 way out of those depths. If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

We may get knocked down, but we don't have to stay down.
 Being strong doesn't mean that you never break! Being strong means
 that even if you break into a million pieces, you still have the courage
 to pick those pieces up, put them back together, and keep going on.

My experiences remind me that it's those black
clouds that make the blue skies even more beautiful...