A bit before 10, they called me in, told me my kidney function was good, and were about to start the IV. But they wanted to double-check: did I drink the barium suspension? Turns out, no; I didn't have to do it last time, and no one told me to do it this time. Well, they said, you have to go back out, drink the tasty "berry shake" (which I now think is better than the banana-rama), and come back in 90 minutes. This gave me enough time to drive fanlain home after her surgery and have a shower.
I finally got out of the CT scan that was scheduled for 9am at 12:15pm and rushed to our noon faculty meeting. I stopped back around 4pm to pick up the CD and any lab results that may have been ready. Turns out that LDH was done: this was my high tumor marker that, for whatever reason, has not been tested since last July. It looks like it's within the normal range. The radiologist report was not ready yet, but then I got home, I finally took a look at the CT scan.
Unofficial verdict: the tumor is still visible, but looks distinctly thinner. It looks like it's about 1.5cm x 1cm in cross-section (down from 2.4cm x 1.8cm in November). It's still about as long as before, but given it's elongated shape, it would make sense that it would lose volume in the cross-section before shrinking lengthwise.
So, even though some data is still outstanding, from what I can glean, things are progressing as they should be and there's no reason to think that I have any active cancer cells left. I still want to talk about surgery when I see the doctor on Monday, but now that I'm getting back into the swing of things, I'm less gung ho to go back into the hospital. I've been thinking this week about how I'd react if the CT scan turned out badly, and I had trouble picturing it, but I was pretty sure that this wasn't going to be a fun weekend. I guess I can put away that thought until my next scan now and focus on getting better again.