Well, Tuesday is the big day.

Danger Will Robinson!

The robot goes in for a whack at my left tongue base and lingual tonsil.   Also, there will be a partial neck resection on the left side.

I am sorry that I have been absent for a while.   I have been withdrawing from most everything these days.



  • the_wife
    the_wife Member Posts: 184
    Best of luck to you,

    Best of luck to you, Richard!!! 

    I tend to think of withdrawing as not an entirely bad thing. You are just gathering your inner strength. At this stage and beyond, you have to be careful how you "spend" your energy and your time. We'll always be here if you need us. In the meantime....

    Good thoughts only!


  • Barbaraek
    Barbaraek Member Posts: 626

    I'm glad you posted. You'll be in a lot of prayers here on the H&N board. Honestly what they can do with robotic surgery is space age. I hope you have a good result and the recovery is a smooth one. (harking back to some earlier posts...between you, me, KCass and MI-6 - don't reveal anything while you're under anesthesia!)



  • wmc
    wmc Member Posts: 1,804
    Thoughts and prayers.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    I almost didn't open this as I thought we had our Spammerback. Just seeing Showtime made me think of that.

    Remember to just face this head on and with all you have, and you can beat this. Get attude.


  • MarineE5
    MarineE5 Member Posts: 1,031 Member

    Wise words from the others. I am a pre-Robotic Base of Tongue survivor. Mine was in 2004, part of my tongue was removed along with a radical neck disection on the right side. We understand you wanting to step back on posting often. 

    Each of us reacts to this in their own way, no way is wrong, what fits you best is the way to go. I know, I wanted the cancer out of me, and wanted to do whatever it took to do so. I followed the advice of my Surgeon whom I put my trust in. So far, all is good at this point besides some of the "New Normals" that come along with what we go thru. 

    My Best to You and Everyone Here

  • tommyodavey
    tommyodavey Member Posts: 727 Member
    Good Luck!

    Being one who had the TORS, may the force be with you!  I am surprised they are doing your neck at the same time.  The pain from the tongue/tonsils will be quite high.  But then the partial neck dissection isn't very painful at all so that's probably the reason.  Some people didn't have as much pain as I did so I hope you're one of those.

    Make sure you get good pain meds for at least the first two weeks.  My (a##hole) doctor only gave me the minimum pain relief and wouldn't even discuss anything stronger when I needed it.  Problem was, he was the only one authorized to operate the TORS machine so I was quite out of luck.  May yours be better. 


    Let us know just how bad it was once you feel like posting again.  BTW, day one is a breeze.  



  • CivilMatt
    CivilMatt Member Posts: 4,722 Member
    start your engine


    The initiation into this club is high, but if you promise me you will start drinking water and swallowing, I will put in a good word for you.

    Good luck,


    SQLNOLE Member Posts: 25
    Thank you all

    Thank you all for the well wishes, advice and general information.

    Bill - I always have attitude!   : -)

    Barbara - indeed, spilling all my secrets is what I worry about most!    :^)

  • swopoe
    swopoe Member Posts: 492
    best of luck, Richard. You

    best of luck, Richard. You can do this! You will be in my thoughts and prayers for Tuesday!



  • MrsBD
    MrsBD Member Posts: 617 Member

    Wow! I've never addressed a knight before, but wanted to bid you good tidings before your battle begins. Thoughts and prayers will be with you.

  • Hondo
    Hondo Member Posts: 6,636 Member
    Hi Richard

    I use to love watching Lost in Space and think I still have a few old tapes with the show. Keep positive and focus so for now here is wishing you all the best as Tuesday comes and go’s.