Sunday, November 23, 2008

A Reason to Celebrate...

I feel like it's been ages. I am so glad to be back to normal...family has departed, hubby is home from the hospital, and we have had nothing but good news.

I'll be honest, the last three weeks have been pretty yucky. Hubby went in for some lower back pain three weeks ago, and they took X-rays of his back. They said his spine was fine, but they noticed a dark mass near his appendix. They scheduled a CT scan, then a colonoscopy, and discovered a large tumor in his large intestine. The initial results came back benign, but the surgeon told us he was skeptical, given the size and look of the tumor. So, last Monday, Hubby had his appendix, the tumor, and six inches of his large intestine removed. We had to wait five whole days for pathology to come back, but everything was benign. THANK HEAVEN. So, a CT Scan, Colonoscopy, Octreotide scan and major surgery all in a row really was not fun. But Hubby is on the mend, it won't affect his quality of life, and thankfully they got to it before it became cancer.

What is really amazing to me, is he went in to the Dr. for something completely unrelated, and they found it. That night I ordered some really good expensive sushi, broke open a bottle of Martinelli's, and toasted "to lower back pain." Ironically, his lower back pain went away after the tumor was discovered. So we're feeling very blessed.

A major reason to celebrate, for sure! Thanks for all your well wishes, and your prayers. It has helped me more than you know.

And another reason to celebrate: Gas is $1.79 a gallon here in good old Wisconsin. Can you say HURRAH???

Now, I have seven days to do 15K words on my story. You bet I'm going to be busting my rear end!!!

8 comments:

Lowa said...

Good heavens woman! You sure do keep secrets well! I wondered what all the hubbub was about with just an appendectomy! No wonder!

Wish I could have been praying for you. I threw out a word here and there, but if I had known how serious it was, I would have spent more time on me knees. Ah well, the good Lord knew and took care of it, eh??

Glad he is on the mend and things are going well. Sure have missed you!

*HUG*

Oh, on another note. My oldest, who has NO motivation, suddenly decided he IS going to attend college after all. He is starting to work hard and try for scholarships. His major?? I am sure it will come as no surprise to you...Creative Writing. teehee Minor in Psych. He will be 16 tomorrow and I could not be more proud. Since you have read dribbles of his work and are a writer too, I was sure you would like to know:)

Devon Ellington said...

I'm so glad everything worked out so well. I've been thinking of you and your husband.

I have no doubt that you'll get those 15K done!

Aimee said...

I'm so happy to have an update. You have been in my thoughts and prayers all week. I'm so happy that everything is looking good. Hopefully hubby will be up and at 'em soon. Does this mean he gets a more relaxed holiday schedule...I mean, this is his busy time of year, right?

Jennifer said...

Hurrah!

Michelle Miles said...

I'm so SO HAPPY to hear that all is well with him and everything was benign! What a total relief!

You CAN do it. Hey, if I can write 10,000 in a two days, you can do that in 7. GO YOU GO! :)

Michelle Miles said...

PS Gas is 1.66 here. WOOHOO!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Lara, that is such a relief! My love and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Auntie

Karen said...

Oh my goodness! Poor guy! Sorry he had to go through all of that, but SO glad everything is ok! Send him our best!