Radiology reports have been seemingly impacted by the pandemic. Whereas they were once released as soon as I had a post scan consult, it now takes a week or more for them to pop up on Patient Gateway.
What my oncologists infer from my scans carries more weight, but nonetheless I like to read the reports.
Today the use of language struck me. Although this was describing my physical self, some of the same vocabulary is pertinent in an emotional sense.
From the troubling–degenerative changes and post traumatic deformity–to the potentially political: slightly shifted to the left. And then what is a negative when describing cancer–persistent–a positive in another context.
The conclusion is comforting however you view it: essentially stable.
And it’s accurate, as well. Neither great nor awful. Hanging out. Hanging in. Holding on.