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SURGERY TIME TOMORROW FOR HOP

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captainhop
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Our surgery is tomorrow at 0920 and we have to be there at 0730. Bit of anxiety here tonight. Hop has done all the "clean=out" thing and had only liquids to eat/drink. All 4 of our sons are going to be there with us, so that'll help. They're a big source of positive attitude for their dad.

Will update here and Caringbridge as I know things.

Keep those prayers coming.

Luv ya all,

Marygale and Hop

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Hop will be fine...tomorrow will go by in a blur and the second day will be better for everyone. Hop will be more himself the 2nd day and he will pretty much be through the daze of anesthesia. He will more than likely have a morphine pump to push when he wants. I found that it was better for me the first 2 days to push-push-push as much as possible. It will only allow him so much but it was better for me to have it already going before I starting hurting and there really was never to much pain. The 3rd day I was off the meds completely. I wanted to go home...A few Lortabs and then it was over. Just aggravation sitting but nothing to bad....Hop will be fine...He has a great team....Keep smiling and reassuring him that everything is fine. Thats what we all wanna hear.....God Bless you all tomorrow...we'll be praying for ya'll.....and Hop....hang in there buddy, they'll give ya some of that feel good in the mornin' and then its over. All ya gotta do is heal...you just finished with the worse part..the cleanout......and please understand that all of you will go through 1000 different emotions through all of this , some immediate, some prolonged, but its natural, your life is being completely changed, but we are alive and thats the ultimate goal, living......we love ya'll......

God Bless ya'll...talk with ya'll tomorrow..............

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There you go again, saying all the right things that put our minds at ease. I printed your msg. out (as well as Felicia's) and Hop is reading them.

Speaking of a blur ------- sorta in a blur tonight....Think I have everything organized here at home, as well as for when we're away. And, I hope you're right about the second day. Am I guessing right that Hop will be sleeping mostly the first day??

Thank you ever so very much for everything. I'll get back w/ the group tomorrow.

Luv ya,
Hop and Marygale

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I pray God's blessings on you all. It was much tougher for my family than for me while I was in surgery. I know your sons will be a great comfort to you and lots of help to you both once surgery is over. I am believing that everything will work out fine and that his recovery from surgery will go smoothly.
Hugs,
Felicia

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Thanks so much sweetie. We need words like that. I'm trying to think like you and be positive. That sense of calm I had is back, so maybe God, in all his wisdom is telling me something. I'll check back in sometime tomorrow w/ an update.

God Bless you and Yours,

Hop and Marygale

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Thinking of you both tonight. I know it is a scary time and I am sure you are both very anxious. I remember it all too well. It almost seems that the worrying and the anxiety of it all was worse than the reality of getting it all over with. I know everything will be fine--stay positive and keep the faith. This will all be a bad memory before you know it! It is so nice that you have your boys there with you---hugs to all of you. Keep us posted.

Faith

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Thank you so very much for the thoughts and prayers. I'm going to carry your positive attitude with us tomorrow. We'll just be glad when it's all over with and we're on the road to healing.

God Bless,
Hop and Marygale

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I am praying for you and Hop to sleep restfully tonight and wake up tomorrow knowing that He has your back and everything will be as it should be. I was told later that my mother had been so worried about me through the surgery that when she got the phone call when my surgery was done that I was ok she broke down and cried like a baby! She had been trying so desperately to be strong! I'm just saying, Marygale, take care of yourself and don't try to be too brave! We are human, we have emotions, and this cancer crap takes a toll! Allow yourself to be weak when you need to be; God is waiting to carry you.
mary

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Thanks so much, Mary.....Honestly, I just feel drained and we've only just begun..

Thank you for your concerns, prayers and words of wisdom and encouragement. I'll remember them tomorrow.

Blessings,
Hop and Marygale

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Just wanted to let you know that you and Hop will be in our thoughts and prayers tomorrow as they have been for a while now. The waiting is long but keep positive thoughts and know that God is receiving alot of prayers for Hop and you. Take care of yourself and I hope you feel our hugs and prayes.
God Be With You Both
Anna

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You're both in our prayers. I hope the surgery goes very smoothly. He'll probably sleep a lot after the surgery, so you allow yourself to close your eyes a bit, too, okay?

*hugs*
Gail

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"For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds," says the Lord.

-Jeremiah 30:17

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You're both in my thoughts and prayers, praying for strength, good news, peace and protection for all involved. Please keep us updated.

Hugs!

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Please keep us posted, dearheart.

Hugs, Kathi

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And we are praying for you. Tell Hop to have a good sleep! And hug your sons, a lot. Talk to you soon...

Vicki

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Ok....they just took Hop down to surgery at 0930....had given himm some "happy meds", so he wasn't suffering...Nurse Leision (sp) just came out and told me they put him to sleep at 0935. More later

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He's good to go now..All the anxiety for him is over. Now we have to contain yours and theirs...We looking at 5-7 hrs probably ? Relax, get some coffee or a nice warm drink and be sure to eat something....We tend to get more nervous when our bellies are empty...and whatever else be happy no matter what...He's with us ...and he will be witty,groggy, and simply glad its over with as all of ya'll will....Hops talking with the Man upstairs right now so hes in great shape...The Man upstairs will send him back in great spirits and good health.....God Bless ya girl.....

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Do you really think Hop is talking w/ God right now? If so, I wish he'd tell God about this really rude family in the surgical waiting room, with a small child ...they're playing cards and ignoring this screaming little monster. Gotta tell ya, driving everyone else bananas. I've complained once and will again if need be. Very disrespectful My nerves do not need this.

Marygale

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My prayers are with you. The little one should get some peanut butter, would make it hard for her to talk. Not the peanut butter that's been making people sick. Praying for a healing miracle. God give you strength.

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Yep, Hes talking to God right now...and their both getting a kick out of ya'll having to put up with the monster while their both back in the O.R. taking it easy.....The kid is a way to get your nerves up so as to take whatever God throws at you. But, remember, He will only give you what you can handle. He will carry the rest. He is readying you for the recovery process that is fixing to unfold in your house. He is testing your attitude and patience skills, you will need them when recovery starts...The child will reap what he sows, trust me, no deed be it good or bad goes without some type of reward, good or bad.....Its a shame Dr. Phil is not there..He would take care of it immediately.....God Bless ya hun....I know what you are going through...........

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Anyone know CaptainHops caringbridge name, how do I find it. I went in but didn't know what to type in...thanks.......

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I read your entry about Hop having a purpose yet, in his life. The following is what he dictated to me to write to you:............

Did you see the movie, "THE JERK" staring Steve Martin.............If you did, you'll know what I'm referring to. ie: My SPECIAL PURPOSE. This really wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. They took out about 10 - 12 inches. Sure enjoy all the msgs.

HOP

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Yep...I saw the Jerk....Great Movie.....I bet ya dance like him too.......LOL......Great to have ya back in here bud.... God Bless ya'll.......

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I'm new to this web site. I have been reading the message boards and this is a great support group which I need at times.
My husband too, has cancer, has had numerous surgeries and now mets to liver and some more lymph nodes. It IS a long journey, but you have to take a day at a time. That was very hard for me, but thats what has to be done. I can't even begin to tell you what all we have been through and he shouldn't even be here. Doctors are amazed at how he is doing and responded. He has colerectal cancer but at Easter he had 15 brain tumors!! All are gone now but they are watching one! God has definitely been in control and still is.
I have two boys who have been a "rock" for me and I am sooo thankful. We are a very close family and this has really hit us as a family.
When we were first told about this cancer I too was devestated thinking only the worst. I realized then I could NOT fix this and for the first time I had to put my TOTAL trust in the Lord. My church rallied around us and God has been in total control. We are still facing some battles but we are headed in the right direction. Stay strong and know that I will be praying for YOU AND your husband. Caregivers need prayer too! God Bless You!

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It's caringbridge.org/visit/galehopkins

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It's caringbridge.org/visit/galehopkins

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It won't let me in without a password...

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I went back in there and tried to get in again.....did someone put in a password for me..I typed my email addy in and viola the password box lite up with a password in it and I didn't put 1 there. I've never been in carinbridge before....If you didn't do it Marygale then I know who did......seriously I didn't...anyway, I got the news off the site and OMG....its great...a lot better than we thought wasn't it. The small tumor benign....No colostomy....and Hops smilin'.... yep, 3 miracles today and all 3 deserved...You tell the Dr when you see him that Buzzard gives him and his team a score of 10 out of a possible 10...Great job guys and gals....Now get him home and spoil him rotten...as if hes not already that way, you can tell by the grin he has......God Bless ya'll....... :-)

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On my site you do not need a password, just an email.

I, too, read Hop's update and was so happy to hear the results of his surgery! Not only for Marygale & Hop, but selfishly for myself as well...it gives me a measure of hope for my own coming up.

Miracles DO happen.

Vicki

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mornin' Vicki.....
So glad Hop's good news has given you Hope. Buzzard said he thought Hop still has a purpose and just maybe it's to give Hope and encourgement to others. Hop said for me to tell you that it was wasn't near as bad as he thought t was going to be and he wishes you GOOD LUCK.....(((I'm sitting at his bedside reading all his msgs. to him)))

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mornin' Vicki.....
So glad Hop's good news has given you Hope. Buzzard said he thought Hop still has a purpose and just maybe it's to give Hope and encourgement to others. Hop said for me to tell you that it was wasn't near as bad as he thought t was going to be and he wishes you GOOD LUCK.....(((I'm sitting at his bedside reading all his msgs. to him)))

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mornin' Vicki.....
So glad Hop's good news has given you Hope. Buzzard said he thought Hop still has a purpose and just maybe it's to give Hope and encourgement to others. Hop said for me to tell you that it was wasn't near as bad as he thought t was going to be and he wishes you GOOD LUCK.....(((I'm sitting at his bedside reading all his msgs. to him)))

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I am new to the sight but have read Hops Caring Bridge and have kept updated today. Prayers going out to you for the next few days as Hop recovers. My husband has his surgery on January 27. Your family is obviously a beautiful and supportive family. Amen to your 3 answers to prayer.
Aloha,
Kathleen

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I went to Hop's room about 0500 this morning. Just now back at the hotel. Here s the latest update:

His color is better, looks much better and much stronger. Blood sugar 257, they gave iminsulin. Antibiotics are making it go up. Doc was in and said Hop did very well in surgery and his hospital stay will depend on what all the lab work shows...Chemo -- will aso depend on reports from path. lab.
They got him up on the side of the bed this morning and had him stand. He said it felt like someone had attached a tractor wheel weight to him. All and all, he's right where he should be and doing great.

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Hi again guys.......just something to think about, you need to just get a mind set that there will be chemo, and that there will be times when you get blind-sided by something that doesn't go along with your way of thinking it should...What I am saying is enjoy the moment that you are in and don't get tunnel vision as to how it will go because I got my mind set on what my paths would be only to get kicked in the butt because it all didn't go the way I had it planned out...Im only wanting the both of you to not get your heart set on something and then have a rug jerked out from under you. I did that twice, just take everything no matter what it is and deal with it as it comes along. Nothing is cut and dry in this journey. I just want to save ya as much downtime as possible...Spirits need to be high through all of this........That way if you plan on chemo and then find out he doesn't need it all the better, just don't not plan on it and then find out he has to do it..I hope im making sense here...Pathology is another waiting game I went through, I planned for the worse and my news seemed great when I got it....I worked the lows into being highs for me by manipulating the way I thought things would turn out....It has worked for me ever since...and Im 4 treatments from being done completely except for routine checkups.......Hop will be there also before you know it.......God Bless ya guys.....

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Strange you should write that because I had already been thinking along those lines. Ya know, everything has gone so beautifully so far.......I'm just sorta waitig for the other shoe to drop. I understand what you're trying to say tho and agree 100%. I'll have Hop read your entry to get him started thinking along those lines. Has anyone else out there done this too???

'Nuf for now....gotta go take a nap Am EXHAUSTED..

Thanks Buzzard,
Marygale

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Hey Marygale and Hop.... I'm late trying to catch up on all the messages about Hop's surgery. Congratulations!! Yes, I know what Buzz is saying... and I've been there too. You listen to the doctors, you absorb the information they give you, you set your mind around what they say is going to happen (or not going to happen) and you figure you know exactly what the path will be and WHAM! it changes. It never is exactly the same as how you think it will be... which is not to say it's bad, good or indifferent... just don't set your mind on it being one way. I'm going through that now and I swear the tiring part is not the surgeries or the treatments, but the getting one's mind around the fact whenever you figure you have it figured out, it changes :)

Hang in there and tell Hop I say HI!!! :D

Hugggggs,

Cheryl

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I do understand where you guys are coming from...and like I said....I just have this wierd feeling...can't explain it....but I AM waiting for the other shoe to drop. Don't know what it'll be, but THINGS ARE JUST GOING TOO GOOD.....TOO RIGHT.....TOO JUST THE WAY WE WANTED THEM TO........Know what I mean?
OK, I'm off back to the hospital now. Will be there all afternoon and not taking the lap top w/ me this time. catch you all later this evening.

Marygale

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And things will continue to go GOOD and RIGHT... and when you get a blip in the road, you will look at it as that, a BLIP! Ok, here comes a BLIP, now what? And that's where the team will jump in and tell you and Hop what the change in treatment or added treatment or different procedure will be to get over the BLIP so you continue on the road of GOOD and RIGHT :)

I've come across a BLIP myself this week. I THOUGHT the RFA procedure on my lungs was going to be to remove 2 tumours. He removed 1. Well, that through me. Then he said that the better treatment for me will probably be chemo. Hello?? I thought we were talking about RFA being my treatment and chemo would maybe, possibly be somewhere down the road?? I was so focused on this newish procedure of RFA on the lungs, I wasn't thinking of any possible BLIPS. I had a plan and this was how it was going to be.

So, one tumour has been removed (yayayaya) but now I have a BLIP to my plan... and that's what I'll be discussing with my oncologist on Monday. he may see it as a BLIP where yes, we should give the chemo a try now, or she may say, "Let's wait and see what these spots do and hold off on the chemo right now"... either way, it will be a change to the plan I thought I had, but we too shall cross the BLIP when we have to :)

So here's to a journey with as few BLIPS as possible but they are bound to show their faces now and again and it just means changing the path to skirt around them :)

Hugggggs,

Cheryl

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Thanks for the "BLIP STORY"....I'm sure we'll come across some and you've made it simpler to understand and look at down the road...............THANKS, LADY. Appreciate it.

Hop and Marygale

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Strange you should write that because I had already been thinking along those lines. Ya know, everything has gone so beautifully so far.......I'm just sorta waitig for the other shoe to drop. I understand what you're trying to say tho and agree 100%. I'll have Hop read your entry to get him started thinking along those lines. Has anyone else out there done this too???

'Nuf for now....gotta go take a nap Am EXHAUSTED..

Thanks Buzzard,
Marygale

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I'm so glad that you and Hop have this behind you! It all sounds great. I know what you mean about waiting for the other shoe to drop. But...I really think you have been through the worst. I always felt like the worst part was going through the diagnosis and waiting for answers. Don't get me wrong, the chemo is not easy, but you know what you are dealing with and you can fight it now! I remember feeling so lucky when we were to the point you are now.. The funny thing is----no one else thought we were lucky going through what we did. Isn't it funny how we change our prospective on things? You really are lucky---you have so much to be thankful for and this just made you realize it even more!

Take care of yourselves and my prayers to you for a quick recovery after surgery. Stay positive and keep the faith!

Faith

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Thank you sweetie. Yes we are very very lucky and I just keep thanking God for all our blessings. Just hoping nothing will take the wind out of our sails--at least for a little while.

Thanks again
Marygale

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Glad to hear he's doing so well!!

Thank you for the update!

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I thought that maybe some of you that don't get in the caringbridge sites would appreciate this...I copied and pasted it here from the site about Hops continued progress...here it is........

Fri. Jan 23

Nose tube came out this afternoon and Hop is sooooo happy about that. Can start w/ ice chips and later this eve. some liquids. He is soooo hungry. Spirits are good and he's being a real comedian. Sons here to see him....cath. comes out tomorrow. For right now we're on the down hill slide and praying it keeps up. Washed his face and shaved this a.m.

I'm still singing praises to the Almighty for all he's done for us, and still ever in debt to all of our prayer warriors.

Marygale

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I simply haven't had time to get everything done, Know yu guys understand.

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I've tried several times to get to Captainhop's site but have been unsuccessful. Is there another name he's under?

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Just go to
www.caringbridge.org/visit/galehopkins
and that will take you right in to it. sign in on the guest book w/ your email addy. And you can click on journal where the updates are

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I'm glad he's doing well after the surgery. Can't wait for more good news!

*hugs*
Gail

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