Surgery Date Set
Okay, so I saw the oncologist and surgeon yesterday evening and they both agree that after reviewing all my materials (CAT scan, ultrasound, bloodwork, etc.) and discussing my case with the tumor review board it would be prudent and safe to go ahead with the surgery first, then only do radiation if absolutely necessary afterward. They seem cautious about doing the radiation because of the problem of scar tissue. Anytime you expose an area to radiation, the healthy tissue is damaged too. And this causes scarring. For an older person that may not be that big of a deal but for a younger person expecting to live another forty or more years, it could pose problems down the road–nuisance problems, but problems nonetheless.
Sooo, Wednesday (the 16th) morning at 7:45 a.m. I will be rolled into the operating room where my surgeon and his partner will open me up and perform a resection of my colon, removing the little devil that now resides there. Bye-bye.
Apprehensive is the word for the day. My mind is going in circles thinking of the things I need to do before surgery since I’ll be in the hospital 5-7 days following and out of commission for probably another week or so after that–state/local taxes, pay bills in advance, work stuff, home stuff, church stuff . . . just stuff, details that need attention. We’ll also be spending some quality family time together before the big day.
I know the risks of any surgery, both serious and not-so-serious, and this one brings with it some unique risks. There’s a lot of important nerves in that area and the surgeon said that while he is very careful to identify them and avoid them, sometimes they do get damaged.
Well, it’s in God’s hands. He’ll be guiding the surgeon’s hands and that brings me much comfort.