I never in my wildest dreams expected to wake up one day to learn I had kidney cancer. But I did and hopefully and God willing, it’s in the past.
We got up early April 28th for the drive to New Orleans and got there about an early ahead of time but they were ready for me in out-patient surgery. Everyone starts out there even if there’s a planned hospital stay.
My surgery had been moved up to 11:30 but I wasn’t even taken to holding until then although Dr. Lee was ready to get started. Someone evidently dropped the ball about my latex allergy so the OR suite wasn’t really ready for me. I was finally wheeled back to the OR about 1:30.
Long story made short—-the surgery was a success. Dr. Lee was able to remove the entire cancer intact. The margins were negative and he was able to save about 75% of my right kidney. That means that if in the future there’s a problem with the other kidney, I’ll still have enough kidney function to avoid dialysis. For a diabetic patient—-that is wonderful news!
I had seen a video of this surgery online so I thought I knew what to expect. I have 4 tiny incisions and 1 drain site.
My hospital stay was only 2 days. I think I’m doing well. The only problems I seem to be having are practically no appetite, no energy, and not being able to go to sleep. I think these are prolonged effects from the anesthesia and hope they’ll resolve soon.
I’ll see Dr. Lee on June 1st for a follow-up and expect to see what kind of monitoring there will be. There is no chemo or radiation with this kind of cancer. Dr. Lee said: “we’re going for the cure”.
I want to thank you all for your prayers and kind, positive thoughts. God has indeed taken care of this fool. 🙂