Friday, March 03, 2006

Successful Surgery

Whew, my dad had his cystectomy (bladder removal) today and the surgery went very well. I was at the hospital with Gay for over 13 hours and we're exhausted. We stopped for dinner on the way home. Sitting and waiting is so tiring. Friends and relatives came and sat with us throughout the day so we were only alone for a couple hours. I was able to read a little but it was hard to concentrate. We did lots of talking and my mouth and lips are a dried up desert.

He had blood drawn a couple weeks ago to be used during the surgery but he had so little bleeding they didn't need to use it. The surgeons were very pleased with how everything went. They saw no other cancer in the abdomen or lymph nodes. But they also took some frozen sections to analyze and we will get the results on Wednesday. The hardest part was waiting for him to come out of the Recovery Room. First they said 1/2 hour, then 1 hour. After 3 hours they came out and said he would stop breathing (apnea) occasionally, but that was nothing to worry about because it was a common reaction to the anesthetic. Two more hours later he was taken to ICU which was normal for this type of surgery. He will be in the hospital for seven days.

I'm hoping his recovery and healing go well. The doctor told us that if he has no recurrence of cancer anywhere in what's left of the urinary tract for two years then the odds are he will live many more years.

Now maybe I can concentrate on other things. I have a bunch of half-finished book reviews so I'll try to finish some of those especially The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe and What Angels Fear by C. S. Harris. I'm also trying to keep up with all the blogs. I feel so out of it and I hate being left out :) But I see Kristie has made a list. So glad I was left out of that. :) (Yes, Kristie, I did read it and loved it). Thanks for all your prayers and support.


Kristie (J) said...

Renee, I'm SO glad to hear everything went well!!! What good news. You must be feeling so relieved and so drained.

And there will be other books - not to worry. You may make another list yet ;)

Tara Marie said...

Very good news. Hope your dad's recovery is a quick one.

I borrowed When Angels Fear from the library and then didn't get to it before it was due back, I've had to put myself back on the list for it.

CindyS said...

That is fantastic news! I hope he heals quick and is up chasing the nurses in no time!

I tell you, the people on the list are folding like a deck of cards! I'm in huge trouble!


ReneeW said...

Kristie: YIKES! No lists, no lists! I swear I'll be good.

Tara: I have done that before. WHF is very good for a mystery and worth reading.

Cindy: Yes, you're in trouble. She's relentless and you will succumb at some point so better make it sooner rather than later.

Rosario said...

Renée, I'm glad to hear the good news! Hope he's recovering quickly!

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