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Day 6 – Pathology Results

One of Paul’s surgeons stopped by with his pathology report and it’s very GOOD! It looks like the tumor was about 2 cm wide and they got reports of clean margins (That means they removed ALL cancerous tissue!) They removed 21 lymph nodes for biopsy and all but 2 came back clear so Paul WILL be having chemotherapy.

Truth be told, we were having chemo regardless of the pathology reports because Paul is determined to hit this thing with all we got so this is no surprise. We will have a short meeting with the oncologist tomorrow to discuss his treatment and to see when we can get started.

We anticipate being able to start in another 3-4 weeks. Paul is healing very well and should be strong enough to start in about that time frame. We will make arrangements with the doctors here for Paul to receive his chemo in Corpus Christi. They have already indicated that wouldn’t be a problem. That way we won’t have to drive to San Antonio 3 times a week.

the worst part is…….

………………..PAUL IS GOING TO LOSE HIS HAIR!…………………………..

Devastating news I tell you 😀

As far as prognosis, you know, this is one of those types of cancers that really can’t be predicted. His doc said he has seen HOSPICE patients come in here, get treated and 10 years later are still going strong…..another patient  younger than Paul was back in 3 years with issues again……you just can’t tell….

Diligence is going to be our best bet. Paul will go for checkups in 3, 6, 12 and 18 mos. so only time will tell…….we will just have to stay on top of it and continue to live a good clean life and make sure he has the BEST SHOT POSSIBLE to beat this thing once and for all!

Besides the pathology results I am also happy to report (no farting or peeing reports…I’ll save those for Paul!) that Paul is starting on liquids and doing very well. He has had some broth and ice chips and juice and is tolerating it just fine. They are also starting him on some oral medication and tomorrow the epidural will be coming out along with 2 of his drain lines! That will leave him with only an IV in the arm for the duration of his stay and one “bile bag”. That will stay in for about 2 more weeks. They need to continue to drain the pancreas a little while longer. Really, Paul hardly notices it it’s such a small tube…..so that won’t be such a big deal…..

So we spent our day working on my music for “The Full Monty” and we took a nice afternoon siesta like we have done almost every day! 😀 I LOVE my afternoon nap! ha ha! We also took several walks around the floor with “Let It Go” and “Big Black Man” playing on my phone so we could sing and do some grooving down the halls! We had fun with it and he is making rounds on this floor pretty regularly! Oh course, the nurses love him!

I will be checking out of the hotel tomorrow morning and will be leaving for home around noon or 1pm. We both agreed I shouldn’t stay any longer. Really, he is getting along so well it’s not like he NEEDS me here…..but there is no one else he would rather hang out with than “his girl” so it will be a little lonely here for a couple of days……GOOD!….get you out of here all the faster!!

So I will go home so Grandma can go back home and I will just zip back up here to drive the get away car!! That way I can go home and care for the children, make sure the household is moving along as usual and I can start attending rehearsals for “Full Monty”.  I can’t even imagine how crazy my dogs are going to go tomorrow when I come home….I plan on just laying on the floor and letting them get it all out of their system! There is sure to be lots of jumping and happy puppies when Mom gets home tomorrow! I imagine there will also be a couple of happy and jumping children too 🙂

Day 4- On The Mend!

Paul is continuing to show remarkable improvement! He took several walks today and made it all the way to the other side of the unit! He is strong and steady on his feet. He is also experiencing very little pain. He is also only getting pain medication through his epidural and has not used his “pain button” all day. So it’s been slow and steady improvement!

They removed the central line from his neck and just put 2 IV lines in his arm. Since they are using different, less potent medications now the central line really isn’t necessary and can be a bit uncomfortable. The nurse snipped the stitches and took it out….I have to admit…it was a little gross……the tube in his neck was like 5″ long!! I was like, OMG! ha ha! She said “wait until you see when the wound drain tubes are removed!”….uhm….no thanks! I don’t have the stomach for nursing! But Paul said he didn’t feel a thing!

There was a student with the nurse when she removed this line. We were talking about how cool it is that this is a teaching hospital. The student was a little surprised to hear us say that and he mentioned that there have been patients that didn’t want him working on them. Really, there are a LOT of checks and balances with a teaching hospital. You have massive amounts of people checking and re-checking your charts and meds. There are a LOT of eyes on what is being done to the patients…..not to mention several heads making decisions on the best course of treatment. We like that idea!

The young student also mentioned he had the pleasure of being in the OR when Paul had his surgery and said he had the opportunity to ask Dr. Halff all kinds of questions about Paul’s anatomy and the Whipple procedure! ROFL! I got all excited knowing this kid had gotten to see my husband’s insides and he said it was really cool and educational! Now he gets to see Paul recover and get well again! So that was kind of neat 🙂

We also had some visitors! Our very good friend Kay (one of our accompanist in church and fellow Alto) drove up to visit and to take me to lunch! She got here about 11:30 and stayed and had a nice visit with Paul! She told him all about how his church choir is doing in his absence (all is well!) and how much everyone misses and wishes him well. Then Kay and I went to Black Eye Pea and I got to have a HUGE Cobb Salad! It was such a treat since I have been sustaining life on the chicken tenders from the cafeteria downstairs (O.o) and poor Kay was on a mission to get some vegetables in my system! It was delish!

While Kay and I were at lunch I got a call from the hotel I am staying at and they said I can STAY through the weekend!! Thank you Lord and all our good friends and family for offering and/or helping us out with my hotel situation! All resolved and I don’t have to ride a barka lounger in the hospital room!

Paul also spent some of his time working on The Producers score and surfing the net. He is able to move around pretty well considering!

Then to cap off his evening he got to visit with his friend Caleb. Caleb started as our real estate client several year ago and who knew! We ended up friends! So that really lifted Paul’s spirits since he hadn’t seen Caleb since he moved to the San Antonio area a couple of years ago! It was so great to spend time with him and hear all about his incredible family and how everyone is doing 😀

So that was a great way to end a great day! More tomorrow!

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