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.