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buckeye2
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Surgery lasted about eight hours, less than I expected. Surgeon cut out liver spot, took out original colon tumor, scraped diaphragm, removed any tumor visible, and finished with chemo bath. Surgeon was able to reconnect colon w/o ostomy. I realize there are challenges ahead but feel at peace tonight. I can't wait to tell my husband how it went. He is still in recovery and probably won't remember much tonight. Lisa

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Sundanceh
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He's going to be "hurtin' for certain", Lisa, after he wakes up. That was the worst pain I can ever remember.

All I really remember is one of the guys said, "you made it - no colostomy." And I reached over to feel - and he wasn't lying.

He should be on ice chips for the foreseeable future - sometimes it can take as long as 8-9 days for the bowels to wake up after surgery. So, keep his glass full 'cause he'll be living on that in the coming days.

His chart should read NPO, which is nothing by mouth.

I'm so very relieved for you both. Get some rest tonight, he may go to ICU for observation, or they just put him in his room. He's where he needs to be right now though.

Craig:)

Brenda Bricco
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Is the NPO thing different when the liver is involved? My husband had the colon resection/illeostomy, they gave him clear fluids the rest of the day of surgery and soft foods (anything that you can cut with a fork) the next day. If he is not allowed to eat for an extended amount of time he is going to be one crabby guy. :/

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Sundanceh
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For the liver, I remember being on liquids for a few days, but I didn't do many of them - lost alot of weight in the hospital that way.

Interesting that your husband was given soft foods to eat; I had nothing but crushed ice for the first 9-days...perhaps it was because I did not get an ostomy of any kind. That might have made the difference.

My tumor was very low and there was only a couple of CMs with which to re-attach, so it was very, very close. The problem with my surgery is that my bowels never did really have any rest except during those first few days.

I see now why they do ostomies - to give that area time to heal. I had 25x radiation only six weeks prior to surgery too. Lots of scar tissue before and after and much inflammation and held together by stapes on my resection and on the open incision.

They were just very adamant about eating nothing but ice until my insides woke up.

I had gone 3 days without eating before the surgery too, as I had to do a prep so the GI could mark the area for the resection and so it was almost 2 full weeks before I ate anything. Lost about 30 lbs in just under 2 weeks....it's the Sundance Diet Plan:)

Well, if they let him eat anything, that's good. It's always interesting to hear how different our protocols are. Even all of those years removed, it's still fascinating.

NPO is nothing by mouth and they usually post it on the door to your room to avoid any mistakes. Glad he got to eat, maybe things have changed some since I did mine.

Take care, Brenda

-Craig

Brenda Bricco
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I am really glad the surgery part is behind you. I know there is a lot for him to still endure but I am always relieved when the actually surgery is over. Sounds like you are in a good place Lisa, congrats for that! :)
Brenda

janie1
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Hubby will get to enjoy the pain pump. Wife can have that red wine that's been chillin'.
Seriously, hope recovery goes well and he'll be asking for "his magazines" soon. You all get some rest.

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karen40
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I'm glad the scary part is over and that you are feeling at peace tonight.
Karen

laurettas
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the surgery went well. Sounds like he will be laying low for a few days with all the work done on him!

As far as eating, my husband went six days after his colon surgery before he could eat anything. They even limited his ice chips! He didn't have any ostomies either. I have heard that chewing gum is a good way to get the bowels active more quickly. We didn't know that until after Jake's surgery so I can't tell you if it works or not.

tko683
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Glad to hear that this step is over with for you both. I will hopefully be feeling the same way tomorrow night after my husband's surgery. It is always a relief to be done with the surgery part, so much stress leading up to that day so I am glad that you are relieved. I will pray that the healing goes well for him. Take good care, Hugs, Teri

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LivinginNH
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Hi Lisa, I'm so glad that the surgery went well - I can feel the relief in your words. And I know that you're emotionally exhausted from all of the worry, so rest up dear, you need a good night's sleep now. Rick and I are sending our thoughts your way and best wishes for a speedy recovery. I'll chat with you by PM again soon - hugs to you both, Cynthia

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steveandnat
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Wishing your husband a safe and speedy recovery!!
Jeff

buckeye2
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Jumping over some post surgery hurdles. Fluid is accumulating on the lungs so it looks like a chest tube is going in this afternoon. He was transferred to ICU as a result. His attitude is good as he tried to look down my top when adjusting his bed pillow. Some things never change. Lisa

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No Hustlers yet!!!

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Hi Lisa,

Glad to hear the surgery is over with. Hope the chest tube drains and solves the problem of the accumulating fluid. He must be alert enough to peek down your top, lol :)
I will pray that from this point forward he will recover well and without anymore issues or any complications.

Hugs,
Lisa

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thingy45
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Hi Lisa,
Good to hear so far so good. I had the same, colon resection and no ostomy. Nothing to drink or eat for approximately 5 days,it still took 3 days before the bowels started working. Lots of gass, but that is a good sign. Second day after surgery I had pneumonia, fever etc, High dose of antibiotics etc. It will get better, really, one day at a time.
They made me walk a few steps 2 hours after surgery, surgery was 6 hours.
Many good vibes and prayers are send your way.
Hugs,
Marjan

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alexinlv
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Glad to hear the surgery went well. Hoping he's out of icu soon Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers for strength and peace. Alex

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alexinlv
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Glad to hear the surgery went well. Hoping he's out of icu soon Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers for strength and peace. Alex

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Glad that is behind you and him and it went well. Make sure that he walks when they tell him to because it will make healing go much faster. Let us know how he is continuing to do.

Kim

buckeye2
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We are now day three following surgery. Things are continuing to improve. Fluid coming off chest is decreasing. Husband is able to rest peacefully. He is so tired so I am discouraging visitors. He is still in ICU but surgeon says transfer should be soon. Pain is managed well. I am so happy to be on this side of the operation. Lisa

buckeye2
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Well we are now at day 9. Bowels still haven't functioned which means stomach tube still in place. I know he is anxious to get that thing out of his nose and throat. He had some hunger pains yesterday which is a good sign. No signs of infection yet so I have my fingers crossed. I am staying in a nearby hotel so even though I spend all day here, I am able to get a good night's sleep each night. Progress is slow. I'm trying to be patient. Lisa

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Congratulations for the success of the surgery , I'm praying for a fast recovery !
God bless you both!

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pepebcn
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Congratulations for the success of the surgery , I'm praying for a fast recovery !
God bless you both!

lauragb
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Sounds like things are moving forward. It is uncomfortable to have an NG tube but you
don't want it out too soon and have to have it put back in. I am three weeks out from my surgery, not the same kind but it was hard for everyone I think to wait for progress. I was in the hospital 2 weeks instead of 5-7 days. My husband stayed at a hotel too. I know it's a lot on you guys who have to wait around and also you want us to feel good and get out! Hang in there. It will soon be behind you.
Sending you light.
Laura

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Kathleen808
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Lisa,
I know it is hard waiting for the bowels to wake up. I hope things start to move soon. Smart choice that you are in a hotel at night. Being well rested is huge for you.

I hope and pray things keep going in the right direction.

Take care.

Aloha,
Kathleen

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PhillieG
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Patience is key to maintaining one's sanity in a case like this. Your husband's operation reminds me of mine in many ways. I also spent a long time in the hospital after my surgery. I had the NG tube for many days because my bowels had trouble restarting too. I spent 16 days in the hospital when initially they said I COULD be out in 5-7 days. I learned then that you can't predict what's going to happen in life, cancer or no cancer.
I certainly hope your husband gets out very soon. He's lucky to have you with him for support and care. Staying in a nearby hotel is a great idea. I had one guy who was in his 30's have his Mommy stay in the room with us!! They were incredibly rude with BLASTING the TV and just being incredibly loud but that's (some) people for you! I remember that the guy shaved his head in the bathroom one morning and it looked like Jack the Ripper had been in there. Blood all over the place and pieces of toilet paper all stuck to his head to stop the bleeding. At least clean up the crime scene!
Ah...memories ;-)
-p

lauragb
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Phil, Your story is just another to make me question the term, semi-private room.
No wonder many of us are almost crazy by the time we get out :)

Laura

buckeye2
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We are still in the hospital, day 15. Bowels are working but wound is not healing as quickly as expected. Doesn't appear to be infected so that's good. The wound is open to assist in healing from the inside out. It is a huge gaping hole about 6 in. by 4 in. Once Dr. gives the OK, they are going to put a wound vac on for three weeks but that will be at home. Dr. Says he is going to try to get us home by the weekend. I went to the mall today while father in law was sitting with hubby but found little joy in the activity. We have so much to be thankful for that I feel guilty not feeling the "Christmas spirit". TKO and Alexinlv, update us on your husbands as I know they were also scheduled for surgery. Lisa

janie1
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Really good the bowels are working. Wound will heal. It will feel good to get home, then you can enjoy the season better...just the simple things, like watching a good Christmas movie, drinking spiked (i mean spiced) apple cider, and taking a drive and looking at some of the homes where the people went nuts on their decorating. Malls are noisy and depressing in my opinion. (Downtown Columbus has a couple of breweries....did you scope them out yet??) Hope you are home free by the weekend.

buckeye2
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Thanks for the laugh. Those breweries sound pretty good about right now. Lisa

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alexinlv
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I am so sorry Lisa! I can't believe it's day 15! I am so scared that the same thing will happen to my husband. His surgery is the 20th. He keeps saying maybe he'll be home on Christmas. I agree that it is sooo hard to find the Christmas spirit. Hugs!

buckeye2
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Even if he doesn't make it home for this Christmas but the plan is to have him home for many more after this one. Right now we are on a date at the hospital. instead of a movie, we are watching NCIS and instead of a six pack, we have three oxycodeines. I would say try not to worry but realize that is next to impossible. I will be watching the boards over the holidays. Keep us updated. The best thing I brought from home was a fleece blanket. The hospital ones are not so warm. Lisa

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alexinlv
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How's it going, Lisa? Thinking of you and hopin you get home soon!!!

tko683
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Hi Lisa,
Sorry to hear that you are still in the hospital. We had that wound vac put in right after surgery and it stayed in for 3 days....I thought that it was standard to do that for liver surgery. We are 17 days out from surgery and my husband is so much better since we got home. He is finally able to sleep which I think is huge. He is still exhausted but doing so much better....he did loose about 20 pounds over the last 2 weeks though so hope he starts eatting. I was not smart enought to get the hotel room but will do that next time. Sleeping in a recliner is not easy esp. when the nurses come in all night long....so I need some sleep myself. Hang in there, when they start to improve it is steady and amazing. I agree with you about the Christmas spirit....I am having a hard time thinking about Christmas right now....Thinking about you and keeping my fingers crossed that you are home this weekend. God Bless you and your husband. Hugs, Teri

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