Jul 15, 2009 - 8:19 pm
Hi you all: I MADE IT..... Lots of problems but I made it. as you remember I went to Surgery at Rober Wood Johnson on June 30, 2009. Mw petscan had confirmed a mass in my right lung and it had to come off ASAP. The whole thing was taken out and as of this moment it looks good. My doctor calles it GOOD CANCER ????? Carcinoma, and it was there for a long time with very little accitivity. The surgery took 4.5 hours and I was on Critical care for four days until July 4th, when I was released However, while at home, I developed shortness of breath and constant caughing. WHILE IN THE HOSPITAL I DID NOT DO A GOOD JOB IN MY BREATHING EXERCISE, and while I was facing the 4th of July weekend my Doctor had me readmitted on July 7, A.M. LOTS OF FLUID HAD ACCMULATED, and had to be drained WELLLLLLL.....PAIN???? The reintroduction of the chest tube into my chest cavity was the MOST PAINFUL AN UNCONMFORTABLE THING I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED. Caughing and pain was unbearable, Fever reached almost 102 at times and my BP went to 184/186 more than once..... My Doctor never left me alone and gave strict orders of NO PAIN....I lasted until Monday July 13 late in the afternoon, when I weas sent home again. All my medications were changed as I had no bowel movement since June 29 (14 days). I met with my doctor who told me that My cancer was CARCINOMA removed and my lymph noids were also worked on as they tested positive but no Chemo necessary at this moment. ON my return I contacted my ONCOLOGYST and I will be meeting with him next Tuesday July 21. AT THIS MOMENT I FEEL GOOD. I AM WALKING ONE MILE A DAY AND TAKING MY PAIN PILL, STOOL SOFTENER AND VERY SELDOM A .5 XNAX IF NEEDED. NO OTHER MEDICATION. May pain is extremely easy and controlable, I am able to caugh without bracing myself, and I am doing my breathing exercises. I have not spoken with my Doctor at length but he tells me PROGNOSIS IS VERY GOOD" YESTERDAY I WAS ABLE TO GET DOWN AND FIX MY TOILET AND PUT IN A NEW MECHANISM WITHOUT ANY HELP, AND I AM DOING SOME WORK AROUND THE HOUSE (MINOR WORK) I will keep you all informed, as my Doctor will return next week and I see my Ocologyst on Tuesday 7-21.
I CAN SINCERELY TELL YOU THAT ALL I HAD WITH ME ALL OF THOSE DAYS IN THE HOSPITAL WAS MY FAITH THAT I WAS GOING TO BEAT THIS MONSTER, and so far I am doing very well for a 77 year old man..... ALL I HAVE TO DO NOW IS KEEP UP WITH MY DOCTOR'S INSTRUCTIONS AND I WILL MAKE IT.........