Saturday, July 10, 2010

Surgery Update

Hi Everyone,
I hope the week has gone well for everyone. Troy had his pre-op appointment and everything is set for surgery at Parkview on 7/22 at 12:30. Surgery should last about 3-4 hrs and estimated hospital stay is 5-7 days. The doctor checked his hemoglobin and hematocrit and they are okay. I am worried about his nutritional status and how much weight he has lost, he is down to 128 lb. The doctor checked his albumin level and it was also adequate. With enough albumin his body will heal appropriately. That makes me feel better but I am still really worried that he will get an opportunistic infection from something totally preventable like poor handwashing. Being in healthcare is not always a good thing. My mind is always racing to the worst case scenario. I will trust God to take care of him and leave it at that. What else can I do? It will be nice to be on my home turf and be able to keep a good eye on him.
Troy is still suffering with horrible complications from his pouch. He can spend up to 14 hrs a day in the bathroom. He is scarred to get his hopes up of a brighter future post surgery. He has had so many set backs that for something to go right seems almost unfathomable. I pray that this truly is the end of all the treatment and cancer process. One full year post diagnosis Troy will be healing and beginning his life again.
Troy actually had a pretty good day today and it was wonderful to laugh together again. We hung out with the kids, laughed and talked about how much better life will be after surgery.
We have a lot of hope for the future and I pray everyday that God will look after my family. I know He is merciful and good days will come again.
More to come soon.


  1. I'm praying for you both--love you guys!! And do be optimistic about the surgery. I've taken care of patients with similar things and they said that getting the ostomy after having the j-pouch gave them their life back. Sooooooo, we will keep praying. But keep your chin up and know that we're here if you need anything!!

    Lauren Harmison

  2. We are praying for Troy's surgery and thinking of you all. We love you guys, thanks for the update.
    Love Jill and Brian

  3. So glad Dr. can tell Troy is ready for the surgery. We'll continue to keep you all in our prayers. HE is in control!! :) Take care & hollar for help--for whatever may be needed. Love you all, Dave & Aleta

  4. We are praying for you all! I know this day can't come fast enough! We love you guys! Better days are just around the corner! Let us know if you need anything!

    Jess & TJ

  5. Praying for you all with the big day tomorrow. Praying for peace, rest, strength and energy that may not seem possible. Love you all!
    Janelle Lehman

  6. We are praying for you guys. I know that tomorrow is a big day. We love you.

    Amanda Dunaway