Friday, September 24, 2010

Walter Pulled Through

Oh yes! He made it through surgery. He made it through post-op. Through a night in Cardiac ICU, CICU. Back upstairs to Telemetry, the heart unit. Slowly but surely they've pulled out this tube and that, let him take off his oxygen cannula here and there. Our bad hearts always complicate our other surgeries, so he's on a heart monitor.

He still gets a gazillion breathing treatments a day, and they put him back on IV fluids today. Hmmm. The chest tube is still in, draining and draining.

But they decided to transport him to his next stop, a Respite Care place.

And the first news on the tumor came back.

They got it very, very early. Stage 1A. Very small, almost too small to operate on him. Walter didn't know which kind it is - we hear there are several. But if it were the awful one, small cell, they'd be throwing everything but the kitchen sink at it.

Which they aren't. He won't have to do chemotherapy. He may have to do some radiation therapy, but not for very long.

It looks like this awful thing, lung cancer, might have a good outcome after all. Am I happy? Is he? Oh my goodness, YES!

You know what else? If we hadn't broken up, they would not have caught it so early. Perhaps not for a long, long time. It was only through an odd series of coincidences that they gave him a chest x-ray. And that he agreed to have it. See, he'd just had one three weeks before.

That x-ray showed nothing there at all.


33 comments:

Pretty Lady said...

Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! Walter pulled through! Hooray!

Sounds like it was a piffling, piddling, stupid little excuse for a pretend cancer, too. Hooray!

Now, commence eating right and sleeping, do you hear? Both of you.

Jean said...

Oh my. You and Walter have absolutely GOT TO BE the strongest people on the planet! Maybe some stubbornness involved, too? heh.

I am gathering every ounce of strong energy in me and sending it directly to both of you.

You have been so missed.

Desert Cat said...

Good news!

Doggone if it's not one thing it's another, but thankfully this one was (by comparison) minor.

Nancy said...

Glad to hear you're still with us, and that Walter is being cared for, as well.

Joyce Ellen Davis said...

*Hearts* to both of you! K, my friend, I'm especially glad to see you back again!!!

SeaPhoenix said...

K! I haven't had 'net access for a while, and first thing i did was jump in and check your blog! Great to hear from you again. A little bit o' worry has been lifted. Hope all continues to improve for you. Take care. Mike

Joyce Ellen Davis said...

Just leaving some more footprints, letting you know I've been by. Still waiting patiently.... xo

Pretty Lady said...

Me too.

SeaPhoenix said...

Waiting patiently and hopefully.

Desert Cat said...

Merry Christmas K! Hope to hear from you soon.

Joyce Ellen Davis said...

Ditto~

John P. McCann said...

Come back when you can.

You're missed.

Desert Cat said...

Hi there. Email me when you can.

Joyce Ellen Davis said...

Still here? I am.

Pretty Lady said...

Happy birthday, k! We miss you!

Joyce Ellen Davis said...

Happy Birthday, dear friend! {{Hugs}}

John P. McCann said...

Happy B-Day!

Joyce Ellen Davis said...

...?

Joyce Ellen Davis said...

Still missing you.

Pretty Lady said...

Indeed.

SeaPhoenix said...

Love to hear news from or about K

Nancy said...

I haven't seen K online, email or otherwise for several months. I am getting very worried. The flame lily she sent me a couple of years ago is blooming....

SeaPhoenix said...

Hope she's OK. :(

Joyce Ellen Davis said...

We would've heard something by now...

Pretty Lady said...

Still here! We still miss you! We will wait FOREVER! You won't get rid of us this easily...six piddling months with no word, that's nothing...still here...dammit...

Desert Cat said...

Psst! For those of you subscribed to the comments here...she's ba-ack!

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