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Nick - Out of Surgery

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TerryV
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4 or 4 1/2 hours. Esophagus taken up to what I call the "throat hollow". No sign of cancer spread. Tumor in esophagus appears dead and gone according to Pathologist. Actual Pathology reports will be back tomorrow afternoon with real results. 2 - 3 lymph nodes are enlarged - those will be reported on in the Pathology report. He's still in Recovery, but I can breathe now after speaking with the surgeon! Whew....

Terry
Wife to Nick, Stage 3
THE 09/08/11

jss2011
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That is good news. Keep us posted. Continued prayers for you both.
Julie

Jan101
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So glad to hear the news Terry. Sounds very encouraging

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Jan,

With all you have going on, thanks for taking time to check in on us! I appreciate it.

Please let me know if there is anything we can do for you & S. You know where to find us for the next several days....

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As Tony (the Tiger) would say.....that's GGRRREEAAT!!!!!

Glad to hear Nick made it through. We'll be praying for a quick recovery and a good report from pathology.

Michael Daniels (T3N0M0)
Brandon, FL

Laura23
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Hi Terry,

So glad to hear that Nick is out of surgery and the results sound good. Hoping and praying for quick healing, minimal pain, and peace and strength.

Laura
Wife to Luis
Dx 4/11/2011 T3N1M0
MIE 8/30/2011

BMGky
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Glad to know it's going well. Thanks for letting us know. Mary

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Thanks for the update!

Mary

swagner
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So happy for you both with the good news. Your in my prayers.

Sue

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Terry,

Great to hear that Nick is out of surgery, 4 hours thats quick! :)

Hope he has an uneventful evening in ICU, and a quick recovery.

Niki

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Terry,

Great to hear that the surgery went well...and FAST!!

I will be praying that tomorrow is a good day as well.

Best Regards,

Paul Adams,
McCormick, South Carolina

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BobHaze
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So happy to hear Nick's surgery went well and he's on the road to recovery. Happy for both of you.

Bob

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jojoshort
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Hope you are breathing regularly now. Great news!
Jo-Ann

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Terry,
So Happy to hear that everything is going so well! I am sooooooo nervous for tomorrow every time I hear good news it makes it a little easier! Thank you for posting sending good thoughts your way! Need to go to bed I have to get up at 3 AM need to leave the house at 4:00 AM.
Erica

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Terry,
THAT is great to get online finally and read good news!
I am SO glad to hear that he made it through okay!
Please keep us posted when you have time, and GET SOME REST FOR YOU TOO!
We love you and we are all praying for the two of you.

-Eric

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Wow, that is incredible news. Only 4 1/2 hours. Sounds like he is doing great. All my best for a quick recovery!

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TerryV
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Nick was able to move directly from Surgery to Recovery to a regular surgical floor room. No ICU for us. He's been up walking - probably passed 10 rooms on the way down the hall and then back again. Looks a bit "drunk" when he walks, but dang it, he's up ;)

As far as tubes, he's got a nose tube to drain the stomach. That will remain until Sunday, I believe. There's a NG(?) tube to drain the chest - haven't heard a remove date for that yet. And of course a catheter to eliminate restroom treks for an unsteady man. He has an epidural also, and so far (fingers crossed) it's doing the job of managing his pain.

I would give anything to bring everyone battling EC along with us through the surgical journey. The gusto so many of the EC posters put into enjoying life is wonderful. You do us ALL honor with your spirit for life.

Blessings, Peace, and Prayers to all traveling with EC. With love....

Terry

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Nick is cruising right along. No ICU, that is amazing!! The NG tube is the one in his nose, he probably has a chest tube too. And he is already walking, amazing!!

Jeff did two laps around ICU today. He is still there tonight, but that is only because the thoracic floor is full. Guess John Hopkins is pretty popular, haha.

Prayer for continued speedy recovery.

Niki

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adube
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What incredible news! Keeping you and Nick in my thoughts the next few days, for a speedy recovery. Sending some good vibes out to a fellow hippie at heart ;)

-Alissa

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That is wonderful news! Drunken staggering or not, that is fantastic that he's walking that distance already! Just remember, baby steps, and one day at a time. We're all rooting for you and Nick to be racing laps around that place soon! And most importantly Terry, don't forget to take care of yourself. Stress does seem to work in bizarre ways on our bodies. Get some rest, maybe a nice hot bath and a gossip magazine to take you away.
thinking of you always,
Chantal

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Terry I’m so pleased to hear that Nick is doing well, thank you very much for keeping us posted. Surgery, no ICU and up and walking all in one day, it doesn’t get much better than that. You mentioned the lymph nodes, do you know how many they removed?

Joel

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TerryV
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Doc mentioned that 2 - 3 are enlarged, but when I asked about the number removed, he said didn't "hand pick" the nodes to take, but took what came away with the esophagus.

Not sure from that comment if we will ever hear a number. He did tell me before surgery that 5 - 15 or 20 was his norm to remove.....

His spirits are great this AM. Complaining loudly about the NG tube and a sore throat. Thanks for correcting me, Niki - I wasn't sure which was which.

Also very anxious for "real" water and not just swabs.

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chemosmoker
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Terry,
SO glad to finally hear more news!
We are all praying and hoping for more good news and a speedy return HOME for both of you!!

All prayers, all the time, for all those in and about to be in for surgery.
This is such great news to read and very encouraging to me too.

Tell Nick to keep up the fight and the good work for he is doing great!

-Eric

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Terry,

My husband had a THE type surgery too and the surgery time was about 3 to 4 hours. I believe the time difference is due to the different type of surgeries. His surgeon had assisted with MIE before and he said it took over 8 hours. I saw you had posted you were concerned about the shorter surgery time. No need to worry abouth that! Hope Nick is still doing well.

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Hey Terry,

No worries our surgeon who had originally planned to do the THE told us 4-6 hours. He ended up doing the Ivor Lewis because of those two suspicious nodes. When they do an Ivor Lewis they remove a number of the mediastinal nodes, and reconnect a little lower in the chest. Jeff has a huge incision under his shoulder blade, be happy for the THE! I have also heard the MIE's take longer. One of the reasons the surgeons urged against the MIE for us was the length of the surgery would be increased because of a previous surgery. They said it could take 12-13 hours, that is not always good for the patient either. Although Dr. L's office said he gets his MIEs done in about 5 hours. I think the take away here is that surgeries all come in different shapes and sizes and lengths of time to perform :)

Niki

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preacherchad
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Glad Nick is doing well. I love to hear about great results. We will continue to pray for a speedy recovery.

God Bless you both

chad

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Terry,
So glad to hear of Nick's breeze through surgery. The junior class seems to be overachievers! Sending prayers for continued good results!
Cheryl
Wife of Rickie dx stage IV EC Oct. 2010

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