Aug 10, 2010 - 8:38 am
Good morning all!! I am finally home recovering from my surgeries. Yes, surgeries with an S. Nothing comes easy. My original plan was to have one surgery on Monday August 9th to extract the oral cancer and then the neck dissection. While driving home from work on Friday the 7th, my mouth filled with blood, and this continued for about an hour. after much reflection on what to do, (stupid by me) since my doc said if let go i could have bled to death, I made my way to the hospital er. I was admitted and the bleding finally stopped. I wake up saturday morning thinking I will be discharged when I sneeze and the bleeding started again. I was taken to the OR an hour later and the doc cauterized two broken veins in the soft pallate of my mouth and he also closed the large tumor on my right tonsil that ruptured.Sunday afternoon my doc let me go home to see my family and to return early monday morning for my panned surgery. Off to the OR I go and when I wake up I find out it is 3 pm on Wednesday on a vent. Turns out that after 7 hours of cutting on my mouth on Monday, the doc felt I had enough and he wanted to compare the Frozen Samples where they indicated NED versus the final path report. As luck would have it, he got it all and being on the vent asleep allowed for me to recover for another 9 hours of neck surgery on Friday. Wednesday night was rought coming out of the anesthesia and Thursday was so bad with aheadache and vomiting I beegged them to put me back on the vent. Off to the OR on Friday morning I go. When I awoke in the OR i was screaming in pain from my right shoulder and beacame a little violent according to one of the residents. Turns out I also sufferd a severe muscle spasm in my shoulder that caused me to be in all of this pain. Anyway, very long story turned short, the final outcome is 100% NED anywhere, and all of my nerves and muscular / vascular structures are intact. I was sent home on Monday with both drains removed and no feeding tube as I am eating and drinking fine.
Man, what a journey. Ihope all of you are doing well. I am going back to sleep. I will check in again later.
STAY POSITIVE, Now I can finally join the others here giving advice to the newbies.