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jason.2835
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Hey, guys,

Well, I'm posting this from my hospital bed. Some of you may remember how my cancer was diagnosed; for those who don't, here's the Cliffs Notes version: I had a gallbladder attack and the abdominal ultrasound that my doctor ordered led to my kidney cancer being discovered. 

I'd had another attack back in November but it had been some time since then so I'd hoped that I could manage it, at least for a while. Nope. 

Last night was the worst one yet. Totally debilitating. And the surgeons decided that they've seen enough deterioration. They want it out. So I'm scheduled for a somewhat emergency surgery tomorrow to get the gallbladder removed. 

The good news is that the surgeon I'd originallY talked and liked months who is available and will be doing the surgery laproscopically. So compared to the kidney surgery, this should be a walk in the park. 

Never ends. 

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Jason,

 

If it weren't for him that tumor would have continued to grow. Give it a nice burial.

 

 

Icemantoo

jason.2835
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Full military honors... 21 gun salute for sure!

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Oh Jason!

So sorry to hear that. Good news is, no more gall bladder attacks. And Iceman is right! Give it a good send off. Here's to a speedy recovery.

Big hugs

Jojo

Srashedb
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it is good that you will soon be rid of the pain; may your surgery go well and may you have an uneventful recovery 

Sarah

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foroughsh
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Jason, so sorry for this new thing. Here's to successful surgery and speedy recovery .  Forough

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Allochka
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Good luck with surgery. But you should be thankfull for these attacks for finding cancer, so "be noble and let the gall bladder go" :-)

my fiance's tumor was discovered due to hep C. he intends to treat it now, and we joke if this is a "noble thing to do" - to get rid of ir after it kinda saved his life :-)

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Good luck, Jason! I think compared to your kidney surgery this will be much easier. And as everyone said, at least you're rid of future attacks.

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Best get rid of the bits that dont work!

aamdsi
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Recovery for you!  Hoping this will be the end of all of this for you as well and you will soon be able to enjoy a pain and cancer free life 8-)

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Hope everything went and is going well.  If it is any consolation, you are probably not missing the miserable weather around Philly today. 

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or take the "n" off and you have heave.  That ugly little green glob of bile storage is what prompted me to call my PC's attention to another little problem I was experiencing nearly 9 years ago.  I was having periodic bouts of nausea/vomiting every couple of months and thought maybe I had a gall stone.  And that was how the US found a mass in the kidney and the liver.  And while they were doing surgery, also found there was a defect in the bile duct, so also removed the gall bladder.

Jason, the lap surgery shouldn't be that difficult.  But do remember that digestion may be a little bit slower.  I suggest eating smaller amounts more slowly to see how things process.  Your liver will now have to produce "on demand"and it can get a bit over-zealous and dump too much at once.

You should do well, and try to enjoy having your feet up for 24 hours.  Hah!  The'll have you up and walking in no time.  Good Luck.

Donna

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Go get'em Jason. Nothing to it.

jason.2835
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Already been laying in the bed for 2 days waiting for the surgery to happen... I've had my fill of rest haha...

But, Donna Lee, seriously thanks for the tips... I was reading some horror stories online (one would think they would learn their lesson with doing that) but generally the consensus is smaller meals more often when possible. I am sure I will be fine. I know a couple people who eat like crap after they've had it done... not that I'm looking to do that, or anything... No, sir....

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Should be a piece of cake! 

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Good luck with your surgery, I am assuming you are at Jefferson hospital in Philadelphia.  I was in Jefferson for IL-2  last May - my only complaint was the hospital food was absolutory horrible! I had no problem eating any of the food from the Philadelphia Reading Terminal or any of the local restaurants. So if your doctors let you I suggest you order take out - often!  - BDS

 

jason.2835
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Food is borderline inedible. They want ypu to eat... How about making it taste remotely good?

jason.2835
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Surgery was supposed to happen yesterday but the surgical team had a couple of tough cases that kept the schedule out of whack...  So I am still waiting for the call but it should definitely happen today.

Thanks for all the well wishes!

 

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All the best with the surgery Jason, I hope you don't have to wait much longer. I had mine removed in 2005 it took a little while for my body to adjust. I have no problems as long as I don't eat too much fat which is no bad thing.

Djinnie x

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Jason, I think The surgery day was today,right? how are you? may you have speedy recovery.Forough

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Ree_Maryland
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Hope all went well , I had mine out in 2007 only pain I had was horriable pain in right shulder from the gas, Drs used to do the surgery I guess ,It was done by lapscop other than the shoulder pain I was fine. 

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Hey, Jason, I am a little late getting on the bandwagon to wish you well, but I am now!

ENUFF already! Hope the recovery goes smoothly, less painful and on the road to better health for you!!

Know that the CNS troops are rallying around YOU, sending you healing light for the best recovery yet!!

Sending a gentle hug, Jan

jason.2835
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Hey, guys 

sorry for tHe late update but I have a story to tell.

Was scheduled for the surgery at around noon Friday. They brought me down right on time. By 1230 I was in lala land. 

Woke up to the nurse telling another nurse, "laparoscopic gallbladder removal switched to open." I almost threw up where I lay. A few minutes later I asked the nurse what time it was. She told me 7 o'clock. I was in 10x more pain than when I had my Neph. 

A 60-90 procedure had become an over 3-hour one. 

The doctor told me that I had one of the worst gallbladders he'd seen in many years. It looked like it had been having problems for many years, even though it only started giving me issues 6 months ago (high only makes me believe in good fortune even more of its role in the discovery of my cancer). 

The gallbladder had hardened and nearly fused to the liver above it. He had to do quite a bit of work to remove it and he couldn't even get 100% of it out. Unbelievable. 

If anyone is wondering about the pain difference between a laparoscopic or open procedure.... Good lord. It's so much worse. 

Good news is I'm home now, I had a good recovery day on Saturday and even though I'm still in a metric ton of pain, this procedure isn't as deep into the body and I can tell once the incision improves I will be ok. Thanks for the well wishes!

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Wow, you poor thing. That sounds awful. I'm so sorry this routine "short" surgery turned into this lenghty process. Wishing for speedy recovery and don't be afraid to ask for painkillers. No reason to suffer. Feel better!

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It sounds like youre well rid of the thing! Take it easy and try not to be so interesting in future

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Glad you are home and feeling better.  Don't know if you can compare the pain of your lap neph to an open neph based on your recent gall bladder surgery.  Sound like your gall bladder surgery was quite an extended ordeal and they had to use a jackhammer and exposives to get your gall bladder out!  All that rummaging around and activity will hurt.  My open neph did not hurt bad at all.  I was in on Thursday and out on Saturday.  Anyway, seems like the worst is behind you.

I am alive
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Talk about a shock tothe system! Well I'm glad to hear you have weathered the ordeal as best as possible. Good, too, that you expect to eal quick. As suggested above, don't be shy using the pain killers. I was such an idiot after surgery that aid wait til the pain got real bad before taking another pill instead of taking the pain meds on schedule. Yea, don't do that. Pain is not your friend! Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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