(photo: hauling KC's bike to Alpine)
The radiation follow-up visit was interesting.
The big concern was this lingering cough, and of course, the fluid in the lungs...but the damn cough that wouldn't go away was just getting deeper, more painful, more forceful, just not fun.
Albert was complaining that when he coughed he felt like someone was jabbing him in the back, sometimes stabbing him with a very sharp object. Additionally, sometimes he would cough so hard that he would pop his own back...talk about pa-in-ful! OUCH!
So the radiation oncolgist decided to give him a steroid, since the fluid had just been drained, maybe it would give him just the right amount of strength to give his lungs a break AND all those muscles that were sore from coughing for 3 months straight.
THE ABSOLUTE BEST PART was when the doctor said he was gonna put him on steroids, Bert VERY straight faced asked the doctor..."but doctor, does this mean that I'm never gonna be able to compete in the Olympics?"
This is the "god complex" doctor I told y'all about, plus he had 2 observing doctors from China and 1 PA from Australia in the über tiny room, both our kids and us...HE WAS SPEECHLESS!!! It was priceless!! (think...exam room the size of an elevator and a momentary AWKWARDness...7 adults all looking at the doctor waiting for an answer...)
Of course, I busted out laughing, and the doc was able to make a nice recovery, explaining the difference between anabolic steroids and what he was prescribing...it was really hilarious for that moment when all 4 professionals in the room couldn't tell if Albert was asking a real question, or just kidding...it was freakin' funny!!
To top it all off, when the doc said, prednisone, Albert thought he said, pregnizone!!! I can't imagine what was going on in his head at that moment...you said, preg- what??? LOL
Fast forward to today...he's already tapering off the steroids and there is no cough to be found!!
It's been A-MAZzing!!
Thanks for checking in...next time, I'll tell y'all about the kids' first visit as patients!!