At University Hospital Feb. 2011

At University Hospital Feb. 2011
February 11, 2011 at University of Utah Hospital

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Getting close to a diagnosis . . .

Arrived at Huntsman at 9:00 a.m. and left around 3:00 p.m. Phil had labs and we spent the morning filling out paperwork, being interviewed by a very nice intern, and then meeting with the medical oncologist. I had a major (AND I DO MEAN MAJOR) meltdown when it looked like we were being put off. Finally things started happening!

Within an hour, our scheduler, Judy, worked magic and got Phil a CT scan that afternoon at Huntsman. As it turned out, he had just 10 minutes to get upstairs and start drinking the barium smoothie (one dose every 15 minutes for the next two hours) for a scan that took all of 10 minutes!

Judy also scheduled Phil for a bone scan at University Hospital tomorrow. At 11:00 a.m. he will receive an injection of radioactive dye, wait three hours, and then have the scan.

Scheduling the colonoscopy was not that easy. The first available date--April 25! But Judy wouldn't give up and eventually landed us a 2:00 p.m. appointment on Monday at University Hospital. TRIPLE CROWN!

Judy said, "Someone is watching over you!" This just doesn't happen. (We know . . . It's an answer to prayer.)

About an hour after we left Huntsman the doctor called. The CT scan showed spots on Phil's liver and they need to be biopsied. He asked if we could come back tonight or tomorrow morning. Of course. His nurse called next to inform us that Phil is scheduled for liver biopsies at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow at University Hospital.

Off to bed . . .


  1. Praying for you dad! I love you so much!!!!! You too mom.

  2. Lou and Phil, it DOES seem miraculous that Phil's diagnostics have clicked into place so quickly - that's not normal! And quicker diagnostics hopefully leads to quicker analysis and quicker start on treatment. Holding you both in thought and following the blog. WARMLY! Dave