Healthy cat, Atypical Hyperplasia, & other stuff.

He passed all his lab tests with fling colors. Yay! Now he wont have to have labs done before his fixing on the 10th 🙂 I already checked and that entire procedure with follow up pain meds should only be $150. The vet is guessing that Chip had a puncture wound that became inflamed internally so I never saw it. Hence his favoring his hind quarters on Friday. Could have been from just playing with Amber and she got more of a grip than usual. The wound triggered the fever while his body fought off the local infection and so he got lethargic. The vet suspected that Friday and gave him an anti-inflammatory shot and sure enough by Friday night he seemed 100% fine. It’s good to know he is healthy too!

I did a little more digging on my own condition – specifically called atypical hyperplasia and came up with this excellent series of questions and answers:

If I am diagnosed as having proliferative breast disease, should I worry?
Obviously, you’d rather not have any abnormal breast condition at all, even if it’s benign. However, knowing about the proliferative changes would put you in a fortunate minority of women. Nearly one-third of all women will develop a proliferative overgrowth during her lifetime, but few will ever be aware of that condition. Knowing about such a condition alerts you to your risk. You can counteract that risk by getting annual or biannual physical examinations of the breasts and, depending on your age and profile, more frequent mammograms. Decisions about screening for breast cancer should be made by you in conjunction with your doctor.

How common is proliferative breast disease?
Nearly one woman out of three has some proliferative overgrowth at some time, but few of them ever find out about it. This condition does not cause a lump and is rarely visible on a mammogram. The only way we know that 25-30% of women have these changes is through autopsy studies on women who died for reasons unrelated to breast cancer. Because proliferative disease-with or without atypia-sometimes regresses and goes away on its own, more women are likely to have some of these changes at one time or another than current estimates would indicate.

How is proliferative breast disease discovered?
The women who do learn that they have proliferative disease or atypical hyperplasia generally do so by accident: their mammograms contain calcifications or other irregularities. Although calcium is generally found in bones and blood, tiny speckles of calcium sometimes migrate into other tissues as well. When calcifications do appear in breast tissue, they more commonly appear in the cells that are the least average. For example, such deposits are found more frequently with atypical hyperplasia than with PDWA, more frequently with proliferative disease than with nonproliferative disease, and so on. And even though proliferative cell changes themselves don’t show up on mammograms, the calcifications are visible on mammograms. This is an extremely lucky circumstance, because doctors are then able to identify an increased risk of cancer by way of a secondary consequence of the condition. This alerts women to the fact that they have a higher risk of breast cancer. If you are diagnosed as having this condition, you will probably want to adopt a more rigorous schedule for screening for breast cancer. Most women who have a current proliferative condition but are not aware of it are less likely to be careful about annual breast exams. Of course, most of them will not develop breast cancer or a precancerous condition over the next several decades in any event, but a few may miss the opportunity to identify a precancerous change when it first occurs.

This matches pretty much with what the surgeon told me so I am pretty comfortable with things. Women who ended up taking Tamoxifen to prevent cancer cells from developing also had many other increased risk factors such as a family history. Certainly in the future if these things keep developing I would consider the drug therapy, but I will also hope very much to avoid that.

Meanwhile this first gorgeous spring weekend was as usual filled with baseball for DS2. Lost on Saturday but won today. Also had a nice dinner/visit at my parents with cousins from New Orleans. Lunch with SP today who is being a typical American Male. Oh here, let me share what the ever brilliant and truthful Bill in Portland Maine posted last week which perfectly describes my man this weekend:

JEERS to headthrobs. One of my upper molars—which has already been root-canaled—is starting to act up again. I shall ignore it until it turns into a blast furnace of pain, probably in the middle of the night on a weekend, which will require an emergency call to my dentist, who won’t be there so I’ll have to call the guy who’s filling in, and several hours later I’ll finally get my pain pills, which I’ll try to skate by on, hoping the pain will go away on its own, but it won’t, so finally, having driven everyone in the house crazy with my incessant moaning, I shall break down and make a dentist appointment at the last possible second. For I…am an American male.

Yep, SP has a tooth that needs a root canal and he is avoiding it. His excuse (other than being a wuss) is that he is not eligible for insurance at his new job until tomorrow. Uh huh. Let’s see if he a) gets all the paperwork in tomorrow and b) makes an appointment.

Anyhow, the house is clean, the laundry is in process and groceries bought. Ooh – so nice to have DS1 working at Henry’s! He hooked me up on a great deal on some steaks, then I got to use his 15% employee discount so the groceries were $77 instead of $90. I love his new job!! HIS benefits kicked in last week and he is all signed up (you hear that SP?!) I am ready for a week with DS2, only one LL game on Wed since spring break is coming up, but more importantly, our game at Petco Park on Friday night!!

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