Wednesday, March 25, 2009

1st Phase Complete

The Mayo Clinic is one impressive and efficient medical complex. Jayme has had eight appointments over the past 2 days and it all went like clockwork. We are both exhausted, but relieved the first phase is complete. Back to KC tomorrow.

Yesterday Jayme had blood tests, chest x-ray, EKG and PET scan. Today he had a CT scan, more blood drawn, met with a medical doctor and had a very productive meeting with Dr Nichols, the surgeon. And we are impressed. He and his assistant spent more than 1 1/2 hrs with us. He was very thorough explaining the whole process. When all was said and done, it was decided that Jayme will need 2 additional tests (endoscopy and colonoscopy), which will be performed on April 7th. We will meet with Dr Nichols again on April 8th and surgery will be performed Thursday, April 9th. Jayme will most likely be hospitalized about ten days. When I asked Dr Nichols how long the surgery will take, he responded, "as long as it takes to do a good job". I liked that answer. I did find out the surgery will last anywhere from 5-8 hours.

Jayme is progressing daily. He even made a couple of brief phone calls this evening. He is still weak, but trying hard to walk more with me and follow his arm exercise program daily. It is evident that he feels such relief to get these two days behind him.

Just want to pass along that my niece Amanda's surgery was a success and she is doing well. She is looking so forward to a pain-free life and we are so thrilled for her and husband Zach.

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for the update, sounds like a lot of data to digest. Every thing is sounding very positive, very important to have a good feeling about your medical team. Stay strong and positive and feel the love surrounding Ya'll. Glad to hear the good news about Amanda's surgery. Love #6

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  2. Sounds great. Get home safe today and hang in there you guys. Praying you feel God's presence today. Mark and Family

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  3. HOORAY!!!

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  4. Tell Jayme best of luck with the colonoscopy prep. I know that it is no fun at all. Also, I am so glad you two have had great experiences with the doctors and medical personnel, so often you hear about horror stories with rude and abrupt people. Best of luck, again. You all are in my prayers.

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  5. Wonderful to hear about your wonderful Mayo experience! Hope you are having a good drive back and can get some rest in your own bed! I know Jayme will be counting down the days till that April surgery is under his belt - and that Dr. Nichols will do just what needs to be done. Great news about Amanda's surgery too. All good things. Love, Cousin Jan

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  6. Welcome home! So glad to hear about your success at Mayo. I think a win by KU tonight will really top of the week for you, Jayme!! Thinking of all of you!! Annie, Kent, Rachel, Brett and Julia Noland

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  7. Great update, Madlyn and I are still checking in and thinking about you both.

    Mike and Madlyn Davis

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