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Surgery – The End

April 1, 2018

2018-03-31 08.25.27.jpgWell I’m all done with the surgery. Paula came and fetched me at noon. I was feeling much better this morning. Strength beginning to return. By this afternoon, much of the swelling has gone down.

My surgeon came by and changed the bandage and removed one of the drains for one of  the lymph nodes. Second drain is scheduled to come out next Friday. Stitches come out two weeks hence.

The surgeon told me that he thought the squamous cell carcinoma from two year ago and this event were related. He removed the growth as well as two Lymph nodes. Surgery took about 5 hours.

Nurse brought all of the paperwork to sign. Other nurses and technicians came by for BP checks, blood sugar, etc. Blood sugar was running pretty high (unusual, for me), so I got a couple of hits of insulin.

I was watching the LA Dodgers game on the TV. (They won) Alas, no Red Sox on the hospital TV. Besides, I was on the table when the Sox game was on.

I had a nice RN named Deloite on the late night shift who had relocated from Chicago to LA. I asked her if she was a White Sox or Cubs fan? She said she was from the South Side, so White Sox. Sweet lady, did a heck of a job. All of the staff at Kaiser were great.

I had to wait for Paula to arrive. She couldn’t leave Mary until Mike and Theresa arrived to watch Mary. By the time Paula had arrived, I had finished all of the paper work and gotten dressed. So we could pretty much head out.

One stop at the pharmacy on the home for pain meds and antibiotic ointment. When we got home, I sat down with Jonathan to explain to him what had happened to Grandpa. He was very concerned about his grandpa. Paula hid the Easter Baskets for tomorrow. Theresa had brought take out from El Pollo Loco for lunch. I was hungry.

We’ll be doing brunch at our house tomorrow. It’s been a pretty hectic week. Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers.

Surgery part 2

March 31, 2018

Surgery all done. Woke up where was put to sleep. Surgeon said it was successful. Not much pain. Not sure if due to really good surgeon or really good drugs. Maybe both. Truth be told, I’m getting I twinge of pain on my neck

The plan is to keep me over until tomorrow. Then remove some of the drains. Paula will pick me up. No driving yet.

So they brought me some alleged hospital food. Hospital food still sucks.

Watching Dodger Giants game on the TV. 8th inning no score.

Oops. Top of ninth, SF hits solo shot. Bottom of ninth , two strikeouts and pop up behind home plate. That’s the ball game. LA 0 and 2 so far.

One more thing, cell coverage and WiFi at Kaiser sucks.

TTFN

Joe

Surgery

March 29, 2018

I struggled on whether or not to write this post. And finally, I decided that I should write it. This blog post is the easiest way to let everyone know what’s happening

I will be going under the knife on Friday to have a mass removed from my left parotid gland in my mouth.Inked2018-03-27 10.59.56_LI If you’re anything like me, you said what the heck is a “parotid gland”? Click here for the wikipedia entry. I first felt the lump about six weeks ago. Here’s a model that somehow lost all its skin. I marked the gland in yellow. BTW, this where all of your saliva comes from.

Then came the visit to my personal care doc, then the head and neck surgeon, then CT scan, back to the surgeon. Finally, schedule the surgery and then jump through all of the pre-op hoops. It moved pretty quick considering.

In talking with the surgeon, we discovered he had some Massachusetts links. He went to Harvard and one son is at BU and another son at Berklee School of Music.

So to add to the mix, we have to find someone to watch over Mary. We have one of our regular sitters who will come over on Friday. My doctor said I will probably be in the hospital over night with discharge on Saturday.

So at one of my visits to the surgeon a few days ago, he did a needle biopsy. He said results were inconclusive. The wiki article says most of these things are benign. That being said, Doctor said he wanted to get it out ASAP.

So please keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

Joe