This set of appointments at MD Anderson Cancer Center was different this time in a lot of was. The first and most game changing difference was I was meeting my new oncologist. My original oncologist had the nerve to retire after like 50 years of practicing medicine without even asking my permission. Whatever, Dr. Bedikian, whatever. ;) I'm sure it goes without saying that I was extremely nervous to be seen by someone new. I had developed such a wonderful relationship with Dr. Bedikian over the past 6 years. I trusted and respected him. I understood how he operated and he got me. He knew what I needed to get/hear in during visits order to leave feeling safe and healthy. This visit would mark the start of building a new relationship with someone else and that's scary! I can go more into this at another point if you're interested in more specific oncologist/patient stuff...just let me know. Anyway, long story short, I really really like my new oncologist! He is a bit younger, but extremely confident and direct; both traits that are really important to me in my cancer care providers. It will be a long road to get to the place I was with Dr. Bedikian and we do have some changes to my follow up care as a result (ie. I have to go back in just 6 short months for FULL BODY scans) but that's ok. Whatever makes my doctor comfortable is what makes me comfortable.
Ok so, if you follow me on Instagram then you already know that I spent a whole lotta time shopping/eating with a little cancer business sprinkled in there. Since moving to Alaska, I try to make my trips to Houston a little more focused on fun things like hitting all the stores we don't have access to up here in Alaska. It almost shifts my focus from scan anxiety to running around Houston like a crazy person trying to cram as much shopping as humanly possible into 48 hours. Trips to Houston now also serve as an excuse to squeeze a bonus visit in with either of my parents. It was Mom's turn to meet me in Texas so spending a little time with her (and having someone to watch Mike while I crushed it at the mall) was another nice perk. This trip I had another cool thing to look forward to, and that was seeing my friend Sam. Sam is actually my best friend's boyfriend who turned into my cancer friend when he was diagnosed with lymphoma about a year ago. It was nice to get together and talk about things in a way only another patient could understand. (Sam's scans were also completely clear, so shout out to Sam!!)
Now, as much as I love the city of Houston, the heat...now that's some bullllll shit!
I'm almost embarrassed by how poorly I handled the weather. I've lived in both south Texas AND Arizona and I was whining like a little baby. It made me appreciate the amazing summer weather we have in Alaska even more!! I don't think Mike was all that amused by the crazy temps either... I mean, he had literally never been in anything hotter than 75 degrees his entire life! I've said it before and I'll say it a hundred times over, I'd rather be cold than hot any day! You can always add more layers, but you can only get so naked...
|Stolen from Sam via Brittany, completely unbeknownst to him.|
Even though I did a TON of shopping, I didn't do much buying. Like, I couldn't even pulled the trigger on my pity purchase, which is very unlike me... I literally came home with two mugs, a hat for Mally, an outfit for Mike, and freaking Chipotle for Kyle. (Don't even get me started on flying that damn burrito bowl home...) Laaaaaammeeeee! I will keep you posted on the pity purchase though...this one will definitely be the craziest one yet and count for all special occasions for the next like 7 years. (HINT HINT!!! I'm having the hardest time deciding between this one and this one... Which one to you think I should get?)
Alright, I think that's all I've got to report. I hope you guys have a great weekend! Catcha Monday. :)