May 01, 2006 - 4:25 am
The surgery was Monday, 4/24. and al seemed to go pretty well. Overall, I was in ICU for 5 days, but only on the main floor for one. For the most part, the caregivers were fantastic (there's always one, it seems, who is just having a rough day, or something, and you get to be the victim of that). They took the whole URL, and did a wedge resection on the lower as well. Pathology shows there may have been some blood vessel involvement, so I will be having chemo as well, detail not yet known. Recovering from the surgery was hell, I never want to go through that again. I was in pretty severe pain most of the time, but with each tube that was taken out (catheter, two chest tubes, two A-lines, it became easier to bear. Never was able to get more than an hours sleep at a time, which didn't help. But that is all past, and I'm home, which helps amazingly. I cannot believe how great my wife Linda has been through this! She's a far stronger woman than I knew, and she's certainly got the "for better or worse" part down to a T! Work has great too! I'll be moving to a lighter duty area (work at Barnes & Noble, currenty the bargain lead, but will become the Music & DVD lead on return) Thanks, especially to all you guys! Your support was just something else for me to cling to! Oh.. the offficial staging was IIB, when I see My GP, I'm going to shower her with love for ordering that simple chest x-ray!
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