Lou has been less than thrilled with the quality of the medical care he’s getting in Silver City. Confusion, unresponsiveness, changing personnel. So he arranged to get a second opinion. After some false starts (including learning the oncologist in Deming is a quack who has been fined millions of dollars), he was finally connected with a very competent oncologist in Las Cruces. Sometimes it’s true that bigger cities have better doctors.
Lou had a bad spell last week. Body aches, joint pains, headaches, shortness of breath, exhaustion, loss of appetite, weight loss. He shared that with the Las Cruces oncologist who said his lung tumors aren’t large enough to be causing breathing problems. They talked about the heart problems that led to the discovery of the lung cancer. The oncologist, with the caveat she wasn’t a cardiologist, thought his current symptoms were more likely to be heart-related. She ordered some tests.
On the brighter side, she concurred with the radiologist that the cancer hasn’t grown or spread since the previous scans.