The visit to Mayo Clinic this week was fairly productive I think. The urologist I saw there is certainly willing to help me figure out what the underlying problem is, rather than just saying it’s such and such and expecting someone else to fix it (that’s the case locally). As such, when my stent is… More
Today officially marks 3 years since I finished active treatment for stage iv colon cancer. Now to the uninitiated, that may not seem like a big milestone, but it is. My chances of recurrence have now decreased significantly and will decrease sharply again at the five year mark. I consider July 19 to be my… More
Wow! It’s been a year since I updated this blog. 2021 was a very difficult year. That January surgery did not go well. When all was said and done, I spent two full weeks in the hospital. That stay ended with massive panic attacks. Without goinginto full detail, I spent more than 9 weeks in… More
I was instructed to be at the hospital at 6am Wednesday morning for an 8:50 surgery. We knew there were risks, though we figured the biggest risks were to the ureter. We knew, but had forgotten, that there were risks to they bowel as well. Initially surgery went well, though not as expected. My colorectal… More
Sometimes my life feels like a neverending circle of doctors. I’ve not even been in Florida six months and already I’ve had one surgery, two separate hospital stays, and parts of 17 days in the hospital. And now I’m on IV fluids at home for the foreseeable future. My ileostomy is still dysfunctional, nearly six… More
Yep, for those unaware, I had a second hospital stay recently. I was discharged from my initial hospital stay on July 20th and had an appointment the following Monday (27th) to see my surgeon for a followup. My stoma didn’t look great, but that’s a different conversation. Otherwise, things were going well enough when I… More
Now that I’ve been home a bit, I thought I’d explain how an expected hospital stay went from 2-3 days to 12 days. Surgery was on Thursday, July 9th. The day before I had to do a bowel prep, which I expected. Bowel prep for surgery isn’t that different from the prep for a colonoscopy.… More
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