Friday, November 27, 2009

One Quick Hospital Visit

Jayme wanted to add a little excitement to Thanksgiving and landed in Menorah for the night. It appears he had a small bowel obstruction, experiencing severe abdominal pain, so we headed for the ER. They admitted him last night with the thought he would be there over the weekend. However, our friend and oncologist, Dr Myron, came in this morning and said the obstruction had resolved itself and he will be discharged to home today.

I know Jayme just gave a brief update, but here is my version. His recovery is moving along, though very slowly. Eating is still a big issue and takes up much of his day. He tries to eat 5-6 small meals a day, at all hours, sometimes at 2:00 in the morning! Following a meal, he needs to sit up for at least an hour and experiences some pain, nothing that his medication can't handle. We are grateful for percocet daily! He has lost a total of 60# since his diagnosis last January, but seems to be holding steady these last few months.

He tries to get to the office daily for a few hours, but his stamina is still low. He is able to work remotely from home for several hours at a time. Still not up to attending any KU football or basketball games, but, we have been out to dinner a few times with friends and family (he is a cheap dinner date!) and attended a couple plays.

So, all in all, life is good. He is cancer free and continues to be monitored by the Cancer Center every few months. We can truly count our blessings this time of year, and include our unbelievable family and freinds in those blessings!

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.

Love to all,


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

More of the Same, yet that's never true

Kay has been encouraging me to post an update. All is going well. Recovery is progressing slowly but surely. We sat on the couch tonight and talked about when I was in ICU for 15 days, a lot of that time with virtually no white blood cell count. I don't remember 99% of it. I guess I was close to dying. It all seems like it was centuries ago. Kay said that a number of people would sit in the waiting room keeping her company but she wouldn't let them visit me in my room for fear of infections. Who does stuff like that? Sits in waiting rooms in the ICU comforting a friend? I am continually amazed at the support. It's clear to me that when you go through something like this, I mean you personally, you will have the same support. There are so many people that love us and care about us that we're just not aware of. I will be there for you. The number one lesson out of this year is that it makes a tremendous difference to the sick person to have others care. Why I had to become 56 year old to learn that, I've no idea. It meant everything to me, your love and support, and still means everything to me. Never ever doubt that your expressions of concern for an ailing comrade fall on deaf ears. It matters.

I've had a PET scan and a CT scan in the last 60 days, both show no cancer. Yea!

Thanks for following this blog in 2009, we've really enjoyed your interest and the comments.