Good afternoon and Happy Tuesday everyone! Thank you, so very much, for the continuous reaching out to Andrea on her birthday. Nothing makes me happier than seeing so many of you continue to send her well wishes and messages of hope to my beautiful wife! You make me smile because you are all making her smile! Please continue to spread the word and make this birthday one of the best and greatest, especially given the circumstances of tomorrow! As I always say, I do not consider you my support group alone; you are our family. As such, you are all doing an amazing job making Andrea’s birthday so very special. Thank you, and please continue!
Her number is 517 242 8183 and her email is email@example.com. Please consider sending her a birthday message. Please consider telling her how amazing she is!
As for our day, we received some promising news from the CT results. The tumors that we know about have not increased in size. In fact, they are stable or possibly slightly decreased. Equally as important, there are no new metastases (spread of the disease)! We are not through, but we are definitely heading in the right direction. Thank you for all of your prayers, support, love, and kind words. As a different approach, below are the actual CT reports. I have always wanted to post reports. I am going to start doing as such. It will give you an idea of what is dictated in these reports, for those who aren’t used to seeing the reports, for inquiring minds, and for the readers out there. If you have any questions or are confused about wording/phraseology, please do not hesitate to ask. Our journey is open experience.
As for the plan going forward, we met with the anesthesiologist today for my assessment. From their point of view, we have been given the green light. We do not know the time of my surgery, but we were told the final schedule for the next day comes out after 5pm central time. Furthermore, our surgeon, Dr. Swisher, has requested that I be the first case, and as such, he usually gets what he asks for. With that said, I should be getting a phone call around 530-630am tomorrow, and the first incision should take place around 730am. It is not written in stone, but I will let you know as soon as possible the assigned schedule. Again, once the admission time is established, expect the procedure to take about 3 hours. If you have any questions, please let us know.
Lastly, my family is trickling in to Houston safely. I am so excited to have dinner tonight to celebrate Andrea!
I am posting some additional reading material about a pneumonectomy, lung surgery in general, recovery, and what to expect for those that have the time and are interested in reading:
Thank you for all of your messages, voicemails, texts, phone calls, and emails. Thank you for all the attention you are giving Andrea. Most importantly, thank you for granting my wish and continuing to make today about Andrea and making her smile. You are all so important, special, and unique to me. Our prayers are being answered. I love each and every one of you so much.