Apr 15, 2013 - 7:57 am
First time I've posted on a forum like this, so be patient, please.
I was diagnosed with a tumour on my left kidney in January. This was totally by accident (which seems to be the way with most of the renal cancers) when it came up in an ultrasound. After a CT scan, I was operated on exactly 4 weeks ago (18th March). Was intended to be keyhole, but turned out to be more difficult, so a 4.5 hour open surgery. Removed left kidney, a cancerous mass (9cm x 8cm x 6cm) entirely enclosed in the kidney and 'excised the cartilage of my 11th rib' - anyone know what that actually means?
I was in hospital for just under 72 hours, been recuperating at home ever since.
Still aches a bit, but I am off the painkillers (codeine and paracetamol) for the last 4 days - hate being on tablets (especially morphine!)
Biggest problem was getting bowels restarted after a 'dry' week - and that really did hurt!
Opinion: when should I be driving again? I feel useless stuck at home.