Surgery + days 1 & 2

This is just an effort to record my experience as I recall it. Appreciation for prayers & love from friends, family and pastors will follow.

I reported for pre-op at 5:30, very easy to find parking at that hour.
Gave blood for typing and screening, listened to a couple more horror stories about hospitals from dear friends & family (note for future … don’t do that).

Then chatted with the Doc, agreed on a plan about 7:45 and dozed off about 8.

Prep and surgery lasted from about 8:00 to 11:00 and recovery from about 11:00 to 14:00. I was in my room about 14:00.

According to Jo Ann, the Doc said visually things look good. He could see the nerve bundles clearly and feels they were spared. No visual evidence of cancer outside the prostate. We should have biopsies of the prostate and lymph nodes nearest the prostate Friday.

I’m feeling good and I was very happy to see faces of family & friends as I was wheeled up to my room.

Monday evening I sat up on the side of my bed and then stood beside the bed with the care of Jo Ann and a nurse. I slept very well Monday night without aid of morphine from 11:40 to about 5:30 and then dozed from 5:30 to 7:00 trying to give Jo Ann as much opportunity for sleep as possible – bless her heart.

Tuesday I managed to walk up and down the hall on my own 2-3 times and enjoyed many wonderful and uplifting visits from friends, family & pastors starting about 7 AM and until sending Jo & Abbi home about 9:00.

Tuesday night I fell asleep about 11:00 and slept like a baby till about 5:30, not even waking fully for each check by the nurses.

Today I feel even better than yesterday, writing this standing beside my bed Wednesday morning about 9:00 and hope to be home this evening … if everything ‘goes’ well.

Thank you all for your prayers, love and care.

dws.

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