A phone call was made to MD Anderson this morning. My contact person, Candie, was still waiting for the tracking number for the slides. It seems that I forgot to tell her that the slides are actually at Barnes not at St. John's. Oopps! (I guess I can say my mind is not what it used to be. Ha ha ha!) I made a phone call to Barnes and spoke to the head supervisor, Melinda, & asked how to send my pathology slides QUICKLY to Houston. She stated the best way to go about it is to write a letter and fax it to her tomorrow morning (Tuesday). She was very kind and understood the urgency.
Please pray the faxed letter is read quickly and that the slides are sent by express mail this Tuesday by noon. The sooner Candie has a tracking number on the slides, the quicker we can start the process in seeing a neuro-oncologist specialist. We don't want to delay the treatment process here in St. Louis. Although we would like to hear another opinion on the situation prior to starting the treatment. Dr. Linette of Barnes wants us to start treatment in 1 1/2 weeks. As stated previously, the treatments will consist of 6 full weeks of oral chemo and radiation.
With the many phone calls made today, I was able to schedule a consultation with Dr. Simpson the radiologist oncologist at Barnes - Jewish Hospital / Washington University. It is set for early December. He is world renowned. People travel across the midwest to have him oversee their radiation treatment. It was a relief to know he is in our healthcare plan. A few days ago we were unsure if he was under our insurance plan. That would have been quite costly to say the least.
Many things are lining up with doctors. The phone has been used quite frequently - ringing often - I made 15 calls today alone. whoa!. The answering machine is really being put to work.
Thanks for taking this long journey with us. - - - - - - - kate