Mar 24, 2012 - 10:22 pm
Don's surgery went very well Thursday. I apologize to not post here earlier. Short nights and long days - you all know that feeling. This is only post-op day 2 and already you can see such a big difference - he gets stronger by the hours. They are intending to pull the nasogastric line in the morning and I think he will want to dance for joy for that. God he hates that thing - he says it really makes his throat sore.
The surgeon requested that Don walk at least 3 miles per day from the day of diagnosis and at our pre-op tests visit day, he gave Don a spirometer to work with - 6 breaths at 5 times throughout the day for a total of 30 breaths daily. Don did at least that and I think that really did help strengthen him up for this big surgery.
I could not believe the rush of love I felt for Don when I saw him in recovery - he truly is my hero. Yes, of course he is in a lot of pain, but I reminded him that at least his pain is from the removal of the cancer - not the cause of the cancer as is the case with some of our friends on this site. I wish that could be said for everyone with esophageal cancer. There is certainly a difference if you know the pain will go away.
Thank you all so much for your prayers, your encouragement, your phone calls and emails - it means so very much to us and thank you just doesn't quite cover our feelings to each of you.
We are also mindful of the losses we have suffered from the deaths of our friends on this site - though a cure was not to be - the information each person that has passed away from this ugly cancer gave to their doctors and nurses is most certainly benefiting someone else and we are extremely thankful for their contributions and the contributions of their caregivers. Cancer pioneers are special veterans and we need to set aside a day to honor them - truly.
This journey has been so much easier for us to endure thanks to each of you and tonight I pause to ask God to give a special blessing to each of you.
I will update more later this week - we are told we should have the pathology tests back about the time he will go home - but for now - one day at a time is fine with me.
Thank you and love to all,