Post-Op

May. 31st, 2007 09:35 am
miss_kae_oz: (goth girl)
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The surgeon found what he thought he would find attached to the inside of his ribs, a softball sized, calcified, malignant tumor. He said it had a low metastasis number (not sure how to phrase that correctly). That's a good thing. There were spots on his lung. They took a small section of his lung. They have more tests to do before they know if cancer treatments or any other kind of treatments are necessary.

My dad was fully awake within 2 hours of surgery. That seems strange to me. It seems the few surgery stories I have heard, the patient was out for the rest of the day, and when they did occasionally come around, they were groggy, out of it, and later had no memory of it. But he was fully aware and coherent. When the morphine would fade, he would start shaking, his body suffering mild shock from the pain. He has an epidural in his back, but it is not quite enough.

Yet, this is quite expected. So far, considering, he is doing very well. Since he was still in ICU, visiting hours ended at 7pm. We are headed back to the Surgery Center in an hour.

pre-op

May. 30th, 2007 08:55 am
miss_kae_oz: (rainy)
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It is 8:15am. We have been at the hospital since quater to 5 for check in. The surgery was supposed to begin at 7:30am, BUT the anesthesiologist has not shown up. We just found out he was double booked or something and is not comming. At the moment, the surgical staff are trying to scrape up another one.

Other than that, the surgical team has been quite nice, comming in to talk about different aspects of what will happen. The head surgeon, Dr. Standerfer, came in with the x-ray's and showed me the growth and how close to the heart and lungs it is. He explained how they may have to take a bit of the lung if it has attached itself to it, but there is no way to know until he is opened. They will be removing the better part of 5 ribs and replacing the area with Gortex. Eventually.

God, I am exausted. I have not had more than 2 hours asleep at a time since Sunday, t times. I had only about a half hour nap last night before getting up to head to the hospital. And I only slept 4 hours between my Saturday night shift and and Sunday night shift.

But for now, we are at least keeping dad in high spirits, teasing him, keeping him laughing. I am glad I am here.

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miss_kae_oz: (dancing guy)
Tomorrow (monday) morning, 9am, I and Kit will be on a bus to Phoenix thanks to the wonderful help of my friends. I am literally awed at the responses I received. As Yosh said, I guess thats what happens when you open up to your friends and ask for help. I need to thank everyone individually, but can't think of a proper, or big enough, way.

You should have heard my dad when he found out I was comming. My mother said his mood has improved immensely just knowing I will be there soon. I can't wait. I am even looking forward to my 17 hour bus ride.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

conundrum

May. 17th, 2007 03:21 pm
miss_kae_oz: (foamy christian)
As a lot of you know, Kit's dad was diagnosed with cancer last october with a very bad prognosis. He was originally only given to Christmas to live, and then given 6 months. Both those timetables have passed and he is thankfully still doing well for his condition, but is not by any stretch of the imagination recovered.
Needless to say, we want to go visit him as soon as humanly possible. Kit and I visited him when we found out in October. It was Kit's first time seeing his dad in 6 years. His dad was so doped up on meds, he does not remember us being there. We don't want to put the trip off just in case.

My dad was diagnosed with diabetes just over a year ago. He lost a lot of weight really fast, in the unhealthy fashion of the sick. He is tired all the time. Now he has a growth in his chest. Luckily it is not in his lungs, but it is on the inside of his ribs and getting bigger. In 1-2 weeks they are going to operate removing the lump and sections of the ribs it is attached to. Not a small procedure. He is already thin and weak, and this worries me.
Needless to say, I want to be there with him before he goes under and when he comes out. I want to be there for him AND my mommy.

Now, the problem... this would have been financially difficult before Kits shifts got cut at DNA. Before I found out about my dad's surgery, I was (and still am) planning on getting another job for the summer. But I don't even know how to go about applying for work when one already needs time off. Okay, this works for some office job positions, but not usually for highly coveted jobs like bartenders where work can't be scheduled or put off for a day. If they have to replace you for a week, they replace you for good, generally.
I need to figure out how to get money for the trip and how to pay rent when gone. I can't not just go.
Ug-itty ug ug.

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