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Addendum

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I finally have a time to check-in for surgery. I have to be there at 5:30 am which means leaving home at 3:30. Or as my DH says, "Oh my God that's early!!". emoticon I guess I go to sleep by 8 pm tonight, neighbors permitting.

  
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Big Day Wednesday

Monday, July 21, 2014

I have had all the preliminary appointments now and I'm just waiting for the surgery. The wait is the worst. At least until after surgery. I have had a very busy 2 weeks!

The surgery will be done on Wednesday. It will take between 2 and 4 hours to complete depending on the procedure. I do hope they give my DH and DD updates on how things are going during surgery. No need for them to be stressing all that time.

The anesthesiologist told me that for the first couple of days I will be getting an epidural in my upper back so that I can take deep breaths and cough without excruciating pain. They don't want pneumonia to set in. I will be able to use my arms, which is nice so I can feed myself.

I am trying to find some type of exercise I can do that doesn't involve moves that would rip stitches out or cause pain in the incision area. That should keep me occupied for a while.

The silver lining this week...
I found out that my surgeon is the head of Thoracic Surgery! It's nice to know I have the best they have to offer.

  
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    Praying for you and about the exercises that are safe for you ask the drs. Be safe.

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    Praying for a speedy recovery. My best to you! emoticon

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WIFE48 7/21/2014 12:09PM

    Wishing you all the best as you have surgery and a speedy recovery. emoticon

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COOP9002 7/21/2014 11:36AM

    Praying for a smooth surgery and speedy recovery for you.

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Surgeon's Visit

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

I had my appointment with the thoracic surgeon this afternoon. We went over all the test data and I have a pretty good understanding of what to expect over the next few weeks.

She showed me the PET Scan results. The mass is near the bottom of the upper lobe. It measures 2.3 cm. Surgery is planned for the 23rd, unless we can get all the pre-op stuff done and there is a cancellation for the OR.

The easiest procedure would be a wedge resection just taking out the mass and some of the surrounding tissue. I signed permission for the worst case scenario which would be removal of the entire upper lobe. The wedge resection can be done with 3 tiny incisions. The lobe removal would mean an incision of approximately 7 - 8 inches. Let's see... Which would I prefer... Duhhh!

That's all for now.

  
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BFURS51910 7/21/2014 11:13AM

    Praying that you will have a swift recovery & that God guide the surgeon's hands and mind. emoticon

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CBRINKLEY401 7/5/2014 11:04AM

    So glad they caught it before it spread. I know surgery won't be fun. I'm hoping that the amount of lung they have to remove is minimal and that you recover quickly.
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GODZDESIGN95 7/2/2014 7:03AM

    praying for a safe and fast recovery. God is able. emoticon

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FLEMIDG 7/2/2014 12:14AM

    I am praying that things go well with your surgery.

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STEVEN_D 7/1/2014 10:58PM

    Whatever the outcome, I just pray that you get this out of you.

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Crunch Time

Thursday, June 26, 2014

All the tests are done and the results are in.

I got a call from the doctor a little while ago. She had just seen the results of the breathing function test that was done yesterday and the PET Scan that was done this morning. The PET Scan was done from my chin to my knees and all organs in between. The data suggests the nodule "most probably" cancer but there is no evidence that it has spread anywhere else.

The pulmonary dept is recommending removal of the nodule and resection (?) of the affected part of the lung. I will be talking to the thoracic surgeons on Tuesday to find out when surgery can be performed.

The breathing function test shows mild COPD. That is definitely secondary considering the first news.

I won't lie and say I'm not scared. I'm a basket case right now. But hiding or curling up in the fetal position won't do me or Clyde any good. I keep telling myself, "This too shall pass".

  
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GODZDESIGN95 6/27/2014 8:59AM

    Praying for your strength. May do a super natural healing either thur drs or by his own hand. He does heal. I am a witness. emoticon I am a asthma patient so I know something lungs.

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GODZDESIGN95 6/27/2014 8:59AM

    Praying for your strength. May do a super natural healing either thur drs or by his own hand. He does heal. I am a witness. emoticon I am a asthma patient so I know something lungs.

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CAKAROO 6/27/2014 5:29AM

    may GOD touch and heal you!

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Another Udpate

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I got a call from Dr. Cella at the Pulmonary Clinic at the VA Hospital in Seattle at 8:45 this morning. She is in her Residency (UW Medicine) there and is working under the Pulmonologist doctors.

1. The mass has been growing over the past 19 months. It's in the upper lobe of the right lung.

2. I will be getting calls from the VA hospital in Seattle about scheduling a breathing test and a PET Scan. The PET Scan will tell us more about the nodule.

3. After those 2 tests are done I will be getting a call from the Thoracic surgeons after they review them. We will then discuss if just the nodule or the section of the lung will be removed and when. A partial lung is better than lung cancer right?

Needless to say, Clyde and I are a little (?) frazzled. That was NOT how I wanted to be woke up this morning. I am scared and my first reaction is to curl up in a ball. I know that ABBA Father will strengthen me to be able to cope but it is hard not to keep thinking "worse case scenario". I am praying that we caught it in time and that surgery will take care of it. I guess it is going to be "one day at a time" for a while here. Oh well, I was never too good at long term planning anyway. Now there's a silver lining!

  
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GODZDESIGN95 6/18/2014 4:19PM

    I just found you need a miracle. God preforms them even today. I saw prayer request for you from Godschild2011. Prayers going up. God is more than able to do all things.

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KATELJM 6/18/2014 3:10PM

    One day at a time...

When I received a C diagnosis, I kept looking for a way to frame the news that showed hope. My doctors said I was delusional. I replied, "Whatever I can do to improve my odds, I will do. If you tell me to show up some place, I will show up. But for right now, I'm going to tell myself whatever to make it through the day. Whatever is, is."

You are in my prayers.

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WIFE48 6/18/2014 2:22PM

    emoticon Prayers sent your way.

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GODSCHILD2_2011 6/18/2014 1:06PM

    You're in my prayers...Yes, Abba father will see you through this.


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UMBILICAL 6/18/2014 1:00PM

  One day at a time is good

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