Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Another doctor visit, another vastly different opinion...

Today I drove out to Atlanta to see the urology oncologist out at Emory University. This makes doctor #5 for the ole McKidneys, and as always, he had a different take on them than the previous four. Today's news was really good, though; he felt that my kidneys were perplexing and strange and complicated, but that they really didn't look too cancerous.  He took a long time looking at my films and saying things like, "Hmm, that's odd" and "This is really weird", so I'm not sure what to make of that. He wants to do an MRI in June just to make sure they are really only just weird, so I'm still in wait-and-see mode until then, which is fine with me because it's better than the kidney removal mode any day.

I mentioned that my first doctor in Dallas had wanted to do surgery immediately, and that I had waited and gone to UT and then to Emory because I wanted to see about getting it done laparoscopically (if it is necessary) and he at first said, "Oh, no no, I don't think that could be done robotically, but I guess I would try....oh, well, yeah, I bet I could do it.  But you don't need it.  But if you did, yeah, I could do that."  Then he smiled at me and said, "Well thank God you didn't let that doctor take your kidney, right?"

Yep.  Thank God.

My kidney function tests from earlier this month came back normal, which is EXCELLENT news, and I go back to the nephrologist next week to see what he has to say about that.   There are still a lot of unanswered questions about what in the world caused all of this mess, and whether or not I'll have a long-term illness....the main thing that keeps coming back around is the possibility of polycystic kidney disease.  So far I've had two doctors that are certain that I have it and one (my current nephrologist) who says it is "statistically unlikely".  Right now, though, I'm not going to worry about that, or any of the kidney mysteries still to be unraveled. I'm going to be thankful to God for the bit of good news that I got today.  It is very good.


  1. Yay! Multiple medical opinions is NEVER a bad thing. Glad things are looking better for the McKidneys.

  2. Hooray!

    The summer after my husband and I got engaged we thought he had liver cancer. It was really really scary for a while, and then it turned out to only be an infection, and after 10 days of antibiotics it was all better.


    So yes, keep getting opinions and getting it checked out, and I hope that the diagnosis continues to be good!

  3. That is GREAT news. Man, it REALLY pays to get second (and third and fourth) opinions, doesn't it?
    Continued prayers for you!

  4. That is wonderful wonderful wonderful news. I am so happy for you.


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