Yesterday's surgery went exactly as planned. I do not have any recollection whatsoever of anything that happened after I received the sedation for the epidural...apparently I posed some good questions to the doctor, but I have no memory of even seeing the doctor.
They were able to take out about one foot of colon and 20 lymph nodes through a 1.5 inch incision through my belly button. The doctor said nothing looked wrong to the naked eye, but it will be about one week until pathology comes back.
I had some problems sleeping last night because the epidural medicine caused poison-oak like itching; but after an injection of Benadryl and a change in narcotics I felt much better. I was able to drink clear liquids this morning and walk around a bit. I also got a visit from my girlfriend Christine, who brought me the cutest little doll in the world.
Gary and mom have been amazing, and were slightly rewarded today by taking part in a cooking demonstration by the pastry chef from the Ritz Carlton who held a class in the patient activity center on how to make molten lava cake...complete with a tasting and lovely parting gifts of a pair of Ritz Carlton slippers!
They are right now predicting I'll be released Sat or Sun, but it could be sooner (I hope). Thank you for all of the love and well wishes.
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