When one goes in for a well check and feels good the last thing one expects is to get bad news. Almost 4 weeks have passed since the unexpected diagnosis and us filling each day while awaiting the operation.

Wednesday we’ll head to town leaving home at 5 am with 1-3 inches of snow predicted on Tuesday evening into Wednesday am.

A lot of unknowns but we’re going to have to get used to those. I’m assuming a reminder call and email will arrive on Tuesday. For the night before my notes read “patient should shower before bedtime using non fragrant soap, change bed sheets, only clear liquids in a.m.” Other than that the hospital hasn’t told us much else.

I have done some reading re: renal disease but not extensively as sometimes knowing too much can play with your head.

Below is some info on renal cell carcinoma :

What Is Kidney Cancer?
Kidney cancer — also called renal cancer — is a disease in which kidney cells become malignant (cancerous) and grow out of control, forming a tumor. Almost all kidney cancers first appear in the lining of tiny tubes (tubules) in the kidney. This type of kidney cancer is called renal cell carcinoma. The good news is that most of kidney cancers are found before they spread (metastasize) to distant organs. And cancers caught early are easier to treat successfully. However, these tumors can grow to be quite large before they are detected.” Fist small was alarming to us.

Symptoms can include:

1.Smoking . If you smoke cigarettes, your risk for kidney cancer is twice that of nonsmokers. Smoking cigars may also increase your risk.
2.Being male. Men are about twice as likely as women to get kidney cancer.
3.Being obese. Extra weight may cause changes to hormones that increase your risk.
4.Using certain pain medications for a long time. This includes over-the-counter drugs in addition to prescription drugs.
5.Having advanced kidney disease or being on long-term dialysis, a treatment for people with kidneys that have stopped working
6. Having certain genetic conditions, such as von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease or inherited papillary renal cell carcinoma
7.Having a family history of kidney cancer. The risk is especially high in siblings.
8. Being exposed to certain chemicals, such as asbestos, cadmium, benzene, organic solvents, or certain herbicides
9. Having high blood pressure. Doctors don’t know whether high blood pressure or medication used to treat it is the source of the increased risk.
10Being black. The risk in blacks is slightly higher than in whites. No one knows why.
11.Having lymphoma. For an unknown reason, there is an increased risk of kidney cancer in patients with lymphoma.

Natureman can check off most of the list as not being applicable but what he does share are numbers 2 being male and more importantly number 8 Being exposed to certain chemicals, such as asbestos, cadmium, benzene, organic solvents, or certain herbicides

When Natureman was in college he had part time jobs to help pay for his education. Didn’t we all? But perhaps not as lethal as Natureman’s…

Due to his small frame he had to climb through and clean air ducts, lab hoods besides stripping asbestos from pipes without a mask / proper clothing which I would assume lead to this operation Wednesday.

We’ve learned a lot since then about these chemicals since then…

Anyhow, we ‘re ready to fight the beast.

Thanks for all your notes and positive thoughts.


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