Someone Called the Hotline

December 21, 2010 at 6:02 PM (Faith, Family, friends, Treatment, WTF) (, , , , , , , , )

Well, well, well. SOMEONE has been doing their homework, faithful supporters. When I sent out my plea for more focused energy and good wishes, prayers, karma, etc. etc., I must admit I wasn’t expecting such immediate and obvious results!

I arrived at the Brigham today fully expecting to leave with a hole in my back and a bag of pee hanging off my hip, and I wouldn’t be lying to admit that the thing I was most disappointed about is my then-inability to wear skinny jeans tucked into my fabulous new cancer-kicking boots. But I bucked up, since losing a kidney altogether wasn’t really in my game plan either, and plopped in the waiting room to finish a two-week-old People until my buzzer went off.

I was escorted down to the prep area, and asked to wait before changing (into another dynamite johnny/slipper socks ensemble) for someone from Radiology to come talk to me. This wasn’t a surprise; I was expecting just a conversation about conscious sedation or something, so I laid back and closed my eyes for a few.

The cute Radiology doctor came and shook my hand, and told me she’d been on the phone that morning with my urologist, Dr. Kenneth Branagh. It seems that sometime between my 11/19 CT scan, which showed the hydronephrosis (swollen left kidney) that required stenting, and last Wednesday (12/15)’s CT scan, the situation resolved itself. No, for real. The blockage is still in the ureter, which meant that the stent couldn’t go up, but it must not be a complete blockage. There is no swelling of the kidney at all, and my kidney function is totally normal, creatinine at 1.1.

I was so gobsmacked I thought I was being Punk’d. (And, frankly, a visit from Ashton Kutcher really would have been the icing on the cake.) I said, “So, basically, Merry Christmas to me?” And she said, “That’s what your urologist said!” Then after a nurse de-accessed my port, I wandered upstairs to tell my friend/ride that we were free to go, and came home for a Class A, stress-free nap. Bag-free, too. Everyone here at Casa Carcinista is doing a little happy dance tonight.

So what I need to know is, to whom do I send the thank-you note?

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  1. Dirk said,


  2. tori said,

    Fabulous news!!! My guess it was the boots.

  3. Carey said,


  4. Betsy said,

    Wow and wow! Phenomenal news today. I am doing a happy dance for you in Natick.
    A little Winter solstice miracle. We’ll take it.

  5. Kim said,

    Ok. First, someone in casa ostien is doing a huge happy dance, too. I’m not sure credit goes to any one of us but perhaps the collective effort in which case we all need to continue twofold. (I hope you have those skinny jeans on in celebration). Woo hoo!

  6. Mr. Wonderful said,

    Man is that going to be a long list of thank you notes.

  7. tea said,

    YEAH!!! I’m so THRILLED to hear the good news!
    Bring on the Skinny Jeans & KickAss Boots!!!

    Merry Christmas to you, Mr. Wonderful, and your adorable boys.

  8. ChemoBabe said,

    wow! what a fantastic christmas gift. reprieve! reprieve!

    i’m going to work on the ashton thing, btw. xox

  9. Ruthann said,

    This is an example of a situation (And probably the only one) in which not seeing Ashton is PERFECT. You were not punk’d….your kidneys had punk’d the docs apparently. That will show them who is in charge! 🙂

  10. Sue Mellusi said,

    Yahoo!! Not giving up…good thoughts, vibes, and prayers still pouring at you. It’s going to be a great Christmas, Sarah!

  11. Leslie Sorensen-Jolink said,

    Hooraye!! The best thank you for those cosmic forces, and your many friends, would be to have a great Christmas celebration with Mr. Wonderful, the Boys, and the rest of the family up north! Merry Christmas to all!! XOXO, Leslie

  12. Serenity said,

    Awesome… happy. happy dancing day!

  13. Jennie said,

    Really couldn’t be happier to hear this news. I’m dancing down here in D.C.

  14. Kathryn said,

    Great news! Now you can rock that skinny jean – new boot cancer-stomping combo..Merry Christmas, indeed!

  15. carrue fanelli said,

    so great sarah!

  16. Maggie said,

    Fantastic! We are good, huh? Hope you had a good nap and climb into those jeans and boots, you deserve a little celebration…

  17. sandhy said,

    yessss!!!! have a fab Christmas you!!

  18. Thad said,

    Tori nailed it… those boots were meant for kicking hydronephrosis’s ass! 🙂

  19. Jennifer said,

    Yippee! Merry Christmas to you! xoxo!

  20. Eileen Esworthy said,

    YAY!!! So frickin’ happy you caught a break. Mazel tov and Merry Christmas (can that be said in the same sentence?)!

    Merry, happy,

  21. Ann said,

    Yes! :fistpump:

    You go girl, kick cancer’s ass!

  22. Stephanie said,

    Such wonderful news!! Merry Christmas to you all.

  23. Sarah said,

    Told you I was bringing it! YEAH!

  24. Elaine said,

    Fabulous news. Hope your Christmas is great.

  25. Jennifer said,

    yeah! bringing you into my meditative thoughts once again. om shanti.

  26. Marianne said,

    Merry Merry to you Lovely Lady!

  27. angella Hamilton said,

    Fan- fricking- tastic Sassy Pants!

  28. Connie Reeves said,

    What great news! I’m so happy for you. How wonderful to have something icky turn out to be whisked away. Definitely like fairy dust.

  29. Danielle said,

    So So Happy! I finally shared your blog with my husband last night- because I honestly couldn’t deal all on my own and I know he prays when I tell him about someone I care about.
    Before I went to bed I looked out my window up to the sky and asked God if he could please help and why you!
    I can’t say how Thankful and Happy I am tonight!
    I’m waiting on blood test results this week (friday hopefully) and this is actually good enough news to carry me through all Christmas!

  30. patricia said,

    Faith, Hope and Love…and maybe a little feng shui? Cheers to another gift among the many blessings you have to count! Merry Christmas to you and wishing you a very Happy and Healthy 2011! xx’s

  31. Carol said,

    It’s about time you got some good news. Yoohoo!!!!!!! Love you.

  32. Sandi said,

    So good to hear your fabulous, exhilarating news!
    What a perfect, positive omen to welcome in the New Year.
    2011 will be your healthy year for sure!

  33. AnnaR said,

    WHOO HOO !!!!!! You see when a certain overweight red-clad white haired man asks you if you’ve been naughty or nice, always answer nice even if you’ve been naughty, because it seem Christmas miracles really do happen !

  34. Robin Anderson said,

    WOO HOO! Doing a happy dance for you as well.!!! I would say this is an early Merry HO HO gift!
    Big HUGS to you!!!!

  35. Tracey said,

    What WONDERFUL news! Merry Christmas to you and yours 🙂

  36. Nancy said,

    So happy there’s a good news post!
    Please do post a picture of you in the skinny jeans and boots.
    Merry Christmas

  37. Dee said,

    So Happy to read this entry. Merry Christmas!

  38. David said,

    Best gift I have received yet this season…..So happy to hear this!

    • Adrienne St.Clair said,

      So many people love you, Sarah, staying healthy is thanks enough!
      Have a great Christmas.

  39. Nancyspoint said,

    So happy to hear you received good news. All of these people rooting for you maybe did help a bit! It certainly didn’t hurt. Happy New Year to you and yours. May it be filled with more good news!

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