Friday, May 20, 2011

Post-Op Report, Friday 5/20/11

Live, from a room @ M. D. Anderson, it's mmbeachbum with an update at 4:30 p.m. on May 20...

*Huge* difference between this surgery's recovery & last year's recovery so far. This one's going *much* better. Far less pain...much easier to breathe...much easier to walk (I actually walked last night, just a few hrs after surgery!)...much less pain meds required...which means I'm much more coherent (insert your own punchline here *grin*)...already off of post-op oxygen (last year we travelled home w/ oxygen & needed it a few days after arriving in the Burg.)

The big explanation for this: the grace of El Elyon, sovereign God of the universe! (and one of my favorite names of God in Scripture)

The detailed explanation: different approach to pain mgmt this time. I had a epidural pump inserted into my spine very similar to what some ladies have during childbirth. (I was assured beforehand that I'm past child-bearing years, so we felt safe. *chuckle*) This device pumps meds continuously that block nerves; plus, I have an extra pump I can hit as needed to give an extra shot. (I needed it last night & early this morning; haven't needed it since) Use of this particular pain mgmt approach means I need far fewer narcotic type drugs. That's the most likely medical explanation.

Whatever the reason, I'll take it! *smile*

Of course, the bummer is, the pump gets removed when I leave, at which point the pain of getting cut on will likely elevate significantly. But let's not talk about that just now...*another smile*

As an added bonus, post-op pain meds usually have a single-episode of a very impressive effect that I'll not elaborate on much. Let's just say that I'm very pleased that my first real meal at lunch today is...well, still on board. ;-{)}

--continuation of the good post-op recovery
--safe travels back home whenever we get released
(estimate is 3-5 days after surgery; we're ready when it happens & aren't worried about when that is)
--quick & complete recovery once I get back home.
Basically, I'm eager to get back on Short Ribs the bike!
(Due to thoughtful graciousness by my boss & a colleague, I don't have to teach again until July, which frees up a bunch of time to recover fully...hopefully)

We've had *great* experiences with some amazing Drs. & Nurses & Techs & other patients out here...But I much prefer clean scans that do not require surgery or immunotherapy or chemo or anything like that.

Lisa & I are so humbled & so thankful to be prayed for & served by so many. We'd not have chosen this journey, but we are SO very blessed to have seen the Body of Christ function on our behalf. As nasty as cancer is, I shudder to ponder having to undergo the journey of the last three years without the prayers & love of our friends, some of whom we haven't even met yet.

With love & hope,
2 Corinthians 4:16-18


tatershell said...

Mike, I am so glad that you are feeling better this time than last. I am getting ready to head to graduation in a few minutes. I've been praying for you on and off as much as I could remember to this week. I will be praying for you when you have to leave and remove your pain device. I can't even imagine how much that must hurt. You have been a blessing, friend, teacher, and mentor to so many people. Still praying for you and for no more cancer. I have to sit in the sun for about 3 1/2 hrs this evening. Just so you know, I am slathered in sunscreen. I always think about you if I see someone getting more of this cancer, now!

Anonymous said...

Mike, praying for you and LIsa. So glad that your spirits are high, your humor is in high gear and your hope is never waining. You speak into the lives of so many -- especially about your relationship with Christ. No, you didn't ask for this journey, but we ask for your updates and, following 1 Peter 3:15, you are ever faithful in giving a reason for your hope.

Love, and God's peace, Rhonda