What a week this has been! I'm currently sitting at Nancy's bedside while she sleeps. She just did her first "walk around" the room and it made her tired. I'm glad she's getting some good sleep. She certainly deserves it.
The first thing we both want to say is thank you for your thoughts, prayers, fasting, gifts, food, phone calls, emails, texts, and support in a myriad of other ways. We have felt your love and hope you can feel ours in return.
Since Christmas, Nancy's stomach has been hurting after she eats. She went to the doctor on Monday to see what was going on. After a nice chat with her, he decided that a CATscan was in order. So it was scheduled for Tuesday.
Monday night we went running/walking/talking at the BYU-I center. We enjoyed being together and talking. Here is Nancy . . . the master walker. Displaying her biceps and spirit.
I've fallen and I can't get up. You laugh, but try keeping up with Nancy!
Tuesday she got her CATscan. Wednesday morning the doctor called and asked if he could see both of us together. We saw him at 1:00 where he showed us the results of the CATscan. A mass 7 centimeters by 5 centimeters in the caecum of her large intestine. So, we went to see a surgen who scheduled a colonoscopy for Thursday. The results of the colonoscopy showed cancer, so we scheduled surgery for 7:30 Friday morning. The procedure is known as a right hemicolectomy.
We arrived at the hospital at 6:00 in the morning for the pre-op. We were treated very well by all the doctors and nurses. The surgery went from 7:30 to 9:15. The surgen basically removed the right half of Nancy's large intestines with the cancer mass and associated lymph nodes. He thinks he got all of it, and he saw nothing left behind; however, a few cells might have strayed through the intestine wall. The tumor has been sent off for study and we should know more by Wednesday of next week.
Allison and Courtney were with me at the hospital when Nancy came out of surgery. They always make life better and have been good to visit and help. This is a picture of Court in the hospital room. That's the chair I sleep in at night. And Nancy is resting in the bed.
Nancy will be in the hospital for 5-6 days and then have a lengthy recovery of about 6 weeks. If the tumor did indeed break through the intestine wall, then Chemo therapy might be needed to make sure all the stray cells are caught and destroyed. This is yet to be determined. Even if it's decided to do chemo, it won't be for a few weeks after she has recovered from the surgery.
Thanks again to everyone for your love and support.