Believe it or not I finally made it home. It took 8 days and 3 hours for me to complete step 1 of this journey, but I will mark it down as a win for me. I arrived home at 2 p.m. today. Thank you so much for all the prayers, comments, cards, visits and gifts. It really is amazing all of the love everyone is showing myself and my family-Karen and I overwhelmed with gratitude and emotion. I am so thankful to be back home.
The overall plan was for me to leave Sunday night or Monday morning at the latest, however set-backs happened several times. First the surgery didn’t go as planned. I had a distended bowel and part of my colon had looped and grafted to itself. Second due to all the extra cutting, my pain was much higher than they expected. Third I reacted poorly to the Vicodin on several occasions. It was constant choice on my part to try and guess if I wanted to handle the pain or the side effects of the drugs. Another part that didn’t go as planned was he couldn’t biopsy the liver due to all the extra surgery. He visually located one tumor on the liver and was pleased that it had not sunk into the liver. I guess that makes me a confirmed “visual” stage 4 cancer patient.
Due to all the setbacks it took a lot longer than I was mentally ready for. In the end I came to peace with it, but it was a mental tear down at times. I still have a lot of healing to do over then next couple weeks before the chemo treatments begin. As Dr. Belzer said “a tear would e devastating to you”. 2% of his surgeries end up with tears or leaks in the stitching. If that happens I will get terribly sick and will need another emergency surgery to repair the leak and then the process will start over again further delaying the chemo treatments. So for now it is a lot of rest, small movements and small meals.
I need to give a special thanks to the ownership, General Manager and Pictura employees for the gift of 4 weeks of PTO. I had only earned 2 weeks on my own but during my last few hours of work last week I got a call from Paul explaining the gift. That has to go down as the best gift I have ever received-yes it even beats the 81 Berlinetta Camero my Dad got me in 1986, and that is saying a lot!
Believe it or not I am in a cold sweat right now and need to lay down-not much for stamina yet. I or Karen will update the blog and my progress soon.
Good night and God bless,