I need to do a PET scan, to see how I am doing.
All the imaging techniques (CT, MRI, PET) scan our bodies in different ways and provide different information.
With a PET, you have to be off chemo for at least two weeks before the scan, otherwise the chemo can influence the results, causing inaccuracies.
So, I am going to be off chemo when we go to Disney!!
Not only will that mean that I will have a bit more energy (I hope!), but I will also be able to eat more, at least by the end of our visit!
We will be spending our last Shabbat with very close friends, who also love food and are amazing cooks! I am so looking forward to fabulous food!! Not to mention, really good company!
We were not planning on seeing anyone during this visit, besides my parents. Our focus is 100% on spending quality family time together.
But, because we want to get back to Israel as soon as possible, we will be flying out of Orlando on a Friday and spending Shabbat in NJ. This way, we can take a motza"sh (Saturday night) flight back home, and arrive on Sunday afternoon. The kids will have plenty of time to sleep, so they can get back to school on Monday.
My friend was going to come visit me in Florida, until we decided against it. We were both disappointed that we would be "so close and, yet, so far away." Then the flights, not only made a visit possible, but, made it necessary!
Things really seemed to be falling into place!
When I return to Israel, I will do an MRI of my head and a PET CT of my body. I always get a bit anxious when I do tests. I have learned, the hard way, that the results can surprise you, not necessarily in a good way. Our last head MRI certainly surprised us, davka (on the contrary) in a very positive way. So, you never know. Still, until we get the "all clear," there is definitely a cloud of tension and anxiety.
But that is not where my head needs to be now. (I mean, let's be honest. My head is always in the clouds.... it just does not have to be in those clouds!)
I am going on vacation!!
We are going to have so much fun living in our fantasy world!!
I am so unbelievably psyched that it will be a chemo-free vacation!!
Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism,
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