Hello. Cub reporter Michele’s Husband coming to you live from the hospital. The surgery is done. The tumor was fairly easy for them to remove and the procedure went well. Quickly too! The doctor was able to remove the tumor thoracoscopically (I’m fairly certain all those letters are a real word) through 4 or 5 small “ports”. I should probably know how many, but I’m not counting them now. Anyway, the port on her lower chest is a little bit larger to accommodate removing the stupid little tumor. The initial pathology is non-conclusive so we have to wait for more results to see what the next step is. If there even is a next step. We will know something about the pathology by Monday and should have a detailed evaluation in about a week. It will be a long week. Michele is in the ICU right now and doing well. She’s sitting up, groggily, and is connected to various wires and tubes. Once the chest tube (the big painful one) is able to come out, she can come home. Hopefully that will be Saturday. Thanks to everyone for all your thoughts and prayers. We’ll keep you posted. One last note. I just got a mumbled request to inform you that her chest hurts and it’s worse when she coughs.
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Thank you so much for the update, Dave. And so happy to hear it’s over, and she’s out of surgery. Whew! I’m glad that nasty little tumor didn’t give the doc any trouble coming out. Good riddens, bad tumor – so long, and don’t show your ugly face around here again. Wishing Michele a speedy recovery and hoping you, the kids and your families are feeling a little bit of relief now that this part is over.
Great to hear. Thanks so much for the update.
Yea, Michele! Been thinking about you all day. So, don’t cough. Duh. 😉
I love you two – great testament to how humor can ease things – praying for you all and thanks for the update
Thank God it went ok! We were sending ya’ll good vibes today and said prayers for ya’ll last night.
Whoo hoo! Get better soon!
You go girl. Not you, Dave, you’re obviously not a girl.
Still praying for a quick recovery and a clean pathology.
Thank you, Dave. I hope the next week flies by for you, Michele, and your entire family. Recovery sucks for everyone.
Dave, great update – thanks! Tell Michele that the squeaky wheel gets the drugs and recovery is no time to go natural. Pharmaceuticals exist for a reason: to keep her pain-free, and therefore stress-chemical-free, to speed her recovery! Also, I’m sure she’s nowhere near as Crisco-esque as I, but after several surgeries in the last few years I have come to appreciate the miracle that is dry-shampoo. It’s not glamourous or terribly efficient but as long as the doc is okay with aerosols, it beats wondering if someone secretly melted velveeta in your hair. Every little perk helps when she’s feeling crapalicious. (I assume it won’t damage that new plummy color, either.) Hugs to you all and I look forward to the next good news update!
Relieved to hear that she is in recovery and hopefully by now resting in her own room. Prayers still forthcoming on the pathology and for a speedy recovery! Thanks for the update.
So glad she is doing well. We will continue to keep her in our prayers