I am feeling strong, “healthy” and am ready for the surgery tomorrow. This is the best I have felt since last July before my first colon surgery. As you can see from the photos my hair is coming back. It is kind of blond/brown and very soft. One of the pictures is from hiking in Afton State Park this past weekend. I walked about 4 miles both Fri. and Sat. I feel very blessed to have had the past 7 weeks off from fighting this disease. The 7 weeks went by fast. Now it is time to go after it again.
Today I need to finish up my “To Do” list. Tonight Karen’s parents move in to help out while I am in the hospital. Also I have my Pray for the Cure meeting tonight at 7 p.m. After the meeting I rush home to say goodnight to Brenden and Jaxson and then take my anti-bacterial shower. Tomorrow I get up at 4:30 a.m. and take yet another shower. Beyond all the showering with their special soap, there are no other prep instructions other than the usual-no eating after midnight. Tomorrow we check in at the hospital at 5:30 a.m. Surgery is set to start at 7:30 a.m. Just like the last time, Dr. Sielaff will enter laproscopically (make small incisions and send a camera in first) to see what the tumors have been up to since my last chemo. If everything looks good from his perspective, he then will continue on with the rest of the surgery. The surgery is set to last about 4-5 hours. He will resect (cut out) half of the liver and then attempt to cut out and microwave any tumors on the remaining part of the liver. If all goes well, there will be only one surgery and he will have gotten all the cancer out that he can see. If the surgery gets too difficult or he feels the liver can’t survive all the cuts, he will schedule a 2nd surgery about 7 weeks later to clean up the remaining areas of cancer. I am guessing for the first couple days after the surgery, I won’t be feeling to great. I am scheduled to stay in the hospital for 7 days after the surgery. Karen and her sister Sarah will keep the blog up-to-date as best they can throughout tomorrow and the days ahead.
Thank you in advance for all your prayers for tomorrow and the following days and weeks ahead. I have posted the name/info about the hospital and my surgeon on the side of this page in case you want to pray for both. Karen and I are apprehensive but feel very, very blessed that I even have the opportunity to have the surgery.
God Bless-thank you for all your thoughts, comments and prayers. Now it is time to fight back again!
p.s. no nickel yet-Brenden wants another x-ray-not sure if that will happen.