Hi guys! Finally I feel up to blogging a little bit about my experiences this past week.. As DeShone let you all know, Thursday was a long day. After around 17 hours straight on an operating table, I was taken to the Intensive Care Unit at the James Cancer Hospital to spend the night. There they managed me carefully due to all the stress and changes made to my body. I apologize if my grammar is poor or hard to understand. I am sleepy and on a good amount of drugs.
The normal complications known from my surgery are taking their toll, but each day I feel a little stronger. I was taken off my feeding tube, central line IV, and my foley catheter. It is very hard to talk and understand my speech. I tend to have difficulties chewing and swallowing but they have improved and will continue to with time and therapy.
I will need lots of therapy. Unfortunately, as well as everything went during my surgery, I woke up unable to feel and move my lower leg/ankle/foot. Luckily and surprisingly, my brain and spinal scans came back normal, showing no signs of stroke during my long and intense surgery. It may take weeks to a year to regain motion within my leg but I will be working hard each day.
I am so pleased with how everything turned out. We are still waiting on the pathology report from my tumor and lymph nodes but that should be here sometime soon.
Thank you for all the love and support. I can not begin to explain how grateful I am each day.
More updates to come.