Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Under the knife!

As promised a blog from me to update you all on Roger's progress. As you know he had the surgery today and after 7 long nail biting hours I heard from the surgeon. Everything went very well. What a relief to hear those words! He is currently recovering in the ICU and will be asleep until tomorrow morning. I will call the ICU later today and first thing in the morning to get an update on his progress and I intend to visit tomorrow late morning - as early as they will allow access to visitors.

The surgeon was very positive about the procedure. He said it was 'as good as it gets'. He tolerated everything very well. Only hiccup during the procedure was when his blood pressure fell but they managed to restore it without any problems.

He cleaned out all the lymph nodes and sent specimens to the lab for diagnoses. To his naked eye everything looked clean but until he gets the report back from the path lab (in about a week) he cannot be sure. He also mentioned that the margins looked good.

So they will be monitoring him very closely for the next 36 hours and then move him to a regular ward where he will be given food and water via his feeding tube. After about 6 days they will try him out with a little fluid to ensure the join in his throat is tight and if it is he will be allowed to take small amounts of liquid. He anticipates being in hospital for 7 to 10 days. So there you have it. I look forward to a good night's sleep tonight and I will update you all with any relevant information as necessary.

Thank you all for your endless support and good wishes - it has been a source of great comfort for us to know that so many good friends and family have been there for us during this difficult time. We both appreciate this so very much.
Love and best to you all,


At 5:02 PM, Anonymous Bruce Evans said...

Very good news, Kathy. Terri just called me to tell me that you had spoken with her and had a new blog entry. I have been thinking about Roger's surgery all day and am very pleased to hear that the surgeons felt it went very well. Please give our best to Roger!

Bruce Evans

At 7:58 PM, Anonymous anne duncan said...


just wanted to send our best wishes for Roger's recovery. We are thinking of you and look forward to reading Roger's account when it's all over.

At 10:10 PM, Anonymous Kevin Tunsley said...

Great news Mum, we're so relieved. Please keep us posted until Dad's well enough to moan at the nurses and write the blog himself!
Loads of love
Kev & Vix

At 10:45 PM, Anonymous Simon Sherrington said...

Dear Kathy,

Excellent news! Thanks for letting us know all about it - quite a day for both of you. Do give Roger our best wishes for a speedy recovery from the op.

Gill and Simon

At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Chris & Gill said...

Excellent news Kath. Gill and I were very pleased to hear that all went well. Please give him our best and we both look forward to reading about the op and his recovery when he is fit to write himself. In the meantime please don't forget to look after yourself!


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