In 2002 we ran away from Illinois where we were born and raised, and started a new life in SW Florida. This blog is about me (an eccentric old artist), ROM (my Real Old Man), Isabella (our neurotic Standard Poodle) and Emmy (our crazy snake killing Jack Russell Terrier). Oh- and the neighborhood old people. Life is good in Florida!


Wednesday, January 8, 2020


This is for my own benefit to keep some kind of a timeline and dates of appointments and tests. I'll update it periodically as needed.

11/19/19- Saw Dr. Lopez for sinus infection and swelling in my neck. Put me on antibiotics and doubled my BP med.

12/5/19- saw Lopez for recheck of blood pressure. Discussed that it's still up and my insomnia. Just before she left the room I called her attention to the fact the lump on my neck is larger and I'm having pain in my shoulder. She scheduled me for a CAT scan the following day.

12/6/19- CAT scan at Pinnacle

12/9/19 Dr. Lopez called and said I have ''a fast growing metastatic lung cancer''. She referred me to a pulmonary doctor- Dr. Burke.

12/16/19 Had 1st appointment with Dr. Burke. He referred me for full body PET/CT scan

12/27/19- full body PET/CT scan at SimonMed.

1/2/20 Dr. Burke called with scan results. 5 areas lit up- lung, lymph nodes, chest wall, and spine. Referring me for biopsy.

1/8/20- Had prep appointment to fill out forms and history, bring them Cd's of previous scans and reports, and give a blood sample. Needle CAT scan biopsy is scheduled for 1/10/20.

1/10/20- Biopsy done on neck nodes at Manatee Memorial Hospital

1/13/20- Appointment made with Dr. Degroat, my cardiologist, for Wed. 1/15/20 at 4:30.

1/13/20- Call from both Dr. Burke's office, my pulmonary doctor,  and Dr. Ana Vanderwall, an oncologist. My first appointment with Dr. Vanderwall is Fri. 1/17/20 at 10:30. 

1/15/20- Appointment with Dr. Degroat, my cardiologist. EKG and check up. Nice to see a familiar face for a change. Don't have to return for 6 months. 


  1. you've got a tremendous amount of information coming in, this is a really smart idea. i'm here to support you in anyway that i can.

  2. Thanks Jane, I have so many pieces of paper scattered on my desk, I decided I need to organize it all together. I don't do the cloud thingie and my laptop is having issues, so thought I'd keep a summary here for safekeeping.

  3. Great idea!! Prayers are with you tomorrow. Debrabro


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