Four years ago today

Posted by: MrB

Four years ago today - 04/06/14 05:27 PM

Four years ago today, April 6, 2010, surgery staff at via Christi hospital in Wichita, sawed off part of my liver as well as my gall bladder to get at that pesky ping pong sized sized cancer that was eating at my liver. This came after the year before on st patricks day the doctors in Chanute ks removed a foot of my intestine and part of my rectum to get the cancer there.

I'm still here even after my oncologist gave me but one chance in three of making it after it went to my liver. 11 months taking chemo and six weeks of radiation .

Thank The Lord, my family and friends for helping me.

I am truly blessed.

Dave
Posted by: Acumowchek

Re: Four years ago today - 04/06/14 06:03 PM

Can't believe it's been four years, MrB.
But you are still kicking butt AND taking names!
Let's go for at least four more. Deal?
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Four years ago today - 04/06/14 06:29 PM

Kick more and more butt, sir!
Posted by: Jim_

Re: Four years ago today - 04/06/14 06:45 PM

Never say never, huh Dave? Amazing.

Seems they still don't have a cure for the cantankerous old fart syndrome though. laugh grin
Posted by: DLC

Re: Four years ago today - 04/06/14 07:36 PM

Glad you're here Dave to keep us straight… wink

You stay this way buddy !! I like your harassment !
(how do have so much gall with no bladder? … never mind !! ) laugh

Posted by: MrB

Re: Four years ago today - 04/06/14 08:09 PM

Originally Posted By: DLC

(how do have so much gall with no bladder? … never mind !! ) laugh



Oh! Now you done it smile

Dave
Posted by: Stumpy1

Re: Four years ago today - 04/07/14 09:39 AM

I've enjoyed your "company" the whole time.

Lucky for us here on the Forums.
Posted by: MrB

Re: Four years ago today - 04/07/14 01:34 PM

Thanks. I appreciate that. This has been a good group over the years.

Dave
Posted by: steveg

Re: Four years ago today - 04/07/14 01:50 PM

Good for you. Didja have that stuff put in a shadow box? eek
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: Four years ago today - 04/07/14 02:26 PM

Isn't it nice to defy the data/odds?
Posted by: DLC

Re: Four years ago today - 04/07/14 05:00 PM

Hey had to get a dig in while you were open….

all in fun, Dave ! You're a good sport too !! grin
Posted by: MrB

Re: Four years ago today - 04/07/14 05:00 PM

Sure is on this one. It sure makes one appreciate the little things in life. In truth they are pretty awesome

Dave
Posted by: Celandine

Re: Four years ago today - 04/07/14 05:38 PM


I never kept track of the time-line of my ordeal,
but roughly; I had my Gall Bladder taken out the year before
it became common practice to suck it out through a tiny hole.

My first abdominal surgery, I was so massively infected that they
took out my descending colon leaving me with a reversible
colostomy for a year while the infection was brought under control.

The second surgery was to reverse the colostomy and hook
up my original plumbing (sans 2 feet of colon)

The third was to remove a precancerous lesion that was detected
while running tests following my stroke.**
Although it was fortuitous that they found the lesion before
it developed and spread (like yours did) but not so lucky in that
I woke up without a large intestine altogether. frown

Like you, I have all the plumbing... I just don't get much
warning between the first urge and oops! blush


** the reason almost nobody here knew about the stroke &
subsequent tests & surgery and 2 Years of rehabilitation
(following the surgical wound that failed to heal FOR A YEAR)
was that I had the stroke during the last few days I was "here"
then the tests under the influence of Prednisone that
lead to me to getting banned for 2 years, ...until my recent return.

(I require pre-treatment with Prednisone & Benadryl prior to a CAT-Scan
because I'm fatally allergic to the Contrast Dye. (Anaphylactic Shock) )
Posted by: MrB

Re: Four years ago today - 04/07/14 07:55 PM

You certainly have been through hell. So glad you are still with us.

During that first year, after my Colon resection. Four hours after the doc removed my staples, my abdomine split back open. So they bound me together until I healed back up. For 143 days straight during 2009 I went daily to the hospital to have my dressing changed. Plus going through chemo and radiation.

The things we do to stay alive

And I dealt with some wonderful health care Workers.


Dave
Posted by: DLC

Re: Four years ago today - 04/08/14 05:37 AM

Man that's tough !! and you're one tough cookie to get through all of it !!

SO glad you both are here !!
Posted by: Celandine

Re: Four years ago today - 04/08/14 05:47 AM

Originally Posted By: DLC
Man that's tough !! and you're one tough cookie to get through all of it !!

SO glad you both are here !!


At the risk of coming-off like;
“I had to walk barefoot to school every day... uphill... both ways!” shocked

I had to do my own dressings up-side-down & backwards in a mirror! tongue

Ted couldn’t deal with the tape sticking to the
scissors, and I couldn’t deal with him picking the
the gauze pads up off the floor before using them. eek
Posted by: DLC

Re: Four years ago today - 04/08/14 06:24 AM

Originally Posted By: Celandine
and I couldn’t deal with him picking the
the gauze pads up off the floor before using them. eek


yeah that could be disastrous in your condition (compromised health). eek
Posted by: MrB

Re: Four years ago today - 04/08/14 02:40 PM

It does put a challenge for partners and family

Dave
Posted by: Celandine

Re: Four years ago today - 04/08/14 04:16 PM

Originally Posted By: MrB
It does put a challenge for partners and family

Dave

He can't help having "butter fingers"
...but he's a good man...
the REAL TEST Was in Standing By Me
through the Year-Long Colostomy blush

It was he who cut & fitted the disk on
my side every time it needed replacing.
(I took care of every other aspect of it.)