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101Knothead...How are you? - Page 5 Empty Re: Knothead...How are you? on Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:34 pm

So glad , Knot.

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102Knothead...How are you? - Page 5 Empty Re: Knothead...How are you? on Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:56 pm

Echoing others, knot, very glad to hear there's no cancer in your house. And I feel certain your 'bride' must be very grateful to be able to take care of you, just to see your face every day. Y'all are obviously a peach of a couple and your friends and family are fortunate to have you both. Keep on keepin' on - springtime is right around the corner.

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103Knothead...How are you? - Page 5 Empty Re: Knothead...How are you? on Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:25 pm

Hey, Knothead ... I’m on my way back to the bluegrass too. Thank Gawd. Getting out of this armpit with sanity still intact (just barely).

Go Big Blue!!

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104Knothead...How are you? - Page 5 Empty Re: Knothead...How are you? on Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:50 pm

Oh Sal, so great to see you!!!! Best of everything in your new KY abode, and I'll hope against hope that you may stop in here from time to time, let us know where you landed and how things are going for you.

Also hope you've managed to find a somewhat more liberal area to reside!

Peace,
Linda L.

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105Knothead...How are you? - Page 5 Empty Re: Knothead...How are you? on Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:01 pm

So good to see Sal posting . . . . . I miss the banter regarding our Wildcats so visit more often and GO BIG BLUE!!!

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106Knothead...How are you? - Page 5 Empty Re: Knothead...How are you? on Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:46 pm

Thought I would resurrect this old thread and provide an update.

Following my surgery on Jan. 11 it was deemed a complete success as as of now the docs say I am cancer free which is wonderful. Life is more difficult with the urostomy but nothing I can't handle (nothing to do but STHU (shut the hell up) anyway! I won't go into those issues but it is far and away better than the alternative no doubt!
Ten days following the procedure I began suffering extreme nausea andmy wife took me to the ER who after realizing I just recently had bladder, prostate, lyph nodes, etc. removed, i.e., major surgery they transported me to Vanderbilt by ambulance. Arriving at the Vandy ER they evaluated me , did some scans and saw I had developed a hernia at the surgical site. I will cut to the chase here and bring it to the present day. I have a ventral hernia following the illial urinary diversion and it is driving me nuts to be honest. Painful? Not so much but extremely uncomfortable and a real pain in the butt to deal with on top of living life with this urostomy. Can it be repaired? Docs say it can be repaired but would be a very complex repair given the illeal urinary diversion is smack dab in the way to make the necessary repair! Docs initially discouraged me to follow through with repair but we agreed to come back in six months and we could talk. Six weeks later and recognizing that it has grown incrementally, I began to second guess my decision to postpone or never have it done at all. My own assessment was I will be six months older and it will get worse undoubtedly. The only upside was I am alive and can live a kinda shitty existence but the key word here is alive! Anyway after talking with my bride, who was initially opposed to doing repair, now recognizes my dilemma, a real conundrum. I made an appointment with the surgeons. It is set for August 15th pending my tests on heart and blood are within the bounds of safety. During our appointment the doc continued to stress the risks and I posed the age old question "If I were YOUR father, what would you do" and he simply reminded me that to not emphasize the risks would be borderline negligent but followed up by telling me to prepare myself for a difficult surgery and a difficult recovery. I just feel I have to do this because while life is stunningly magnificent I choose to make it more manageable and happy for whatever time there is left and I hope there is more.

Thanks yall!

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107Knothead...How are you? - Page 5 Empty Re: Knothead...How are you? on Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:43 pm

Wow... thank you for sharing that. I'm so sorry for the difficulties. I wish i had something to offer... but i think that you know what's best... even more so than the doctors. I hope that you're in the best possible shape heading into such a complex operation. I'm guessing that they wanted that too. But a man can only take so much and it sounds like you're making the call that's best for your quality of life. My uncle had a similar radical prostectomy and has the same urinary setup. That was 20 years ago and he's doing quite well. No cancer... but he still has a slowly rising psa... which concerns them because as i said the prostate was removed. Oh well... i just hope for the best for you. Please let us know how the next appointment goes and the tests. Don't forget... they work for you..!!

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108Knothead...How are you? - Page 5 Empty Re: Knothead...How are you? on Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:52 pm

Thanks very much for sharing more of your difficult story with us, knot.  And, while of course no one else can make the decision for you, it sure sounds as if you've arrived at a solid, well-informed choice, and I, for one, applaud you.  Please remind us closer to Aug. 15 so we can send you off to surgery with resounding good wishes for a much easier time than you or anyone else expects, and for the fastest recovery on the planet.   You deserve it all!

Just hate that you have to wait so long in discomfort, but seeing potential relief ahead must surely be of some help, yes?  

Thinking of you!

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109Knothead...How are you? - Page 5 Empty Re: Knothead...How are you? on Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:15 pm

PkrBum wrote:Wow... thank you for sharing that. I'm so sorry for the difficulties. I wish i had something to offer... but i think that you know what's best... even more so than the doctors. I hope that you're in the best possible shape heading into such a complex operation. I'm guessing that they wanted that too. But a man can only take so much and it sounds like you're making the call that's best for your quality of life. My uncle had a similar radical prostectomy and has the same urinary setup. That was 20 years ago and he's doing quite well. No cancer... but he still has a slowly rising psa... which concerns them because as i said the prostate was removed. Oh well... i just hope for the best for you. Please let us know how the next appointment goes and the tests. Don't forget... they work for you..!!

Appreciate your well wishes pkr and thanks for sharing your uncle's situation and his story is encouraging to me. It's unbelievable how many people are in such similar situations over a wide range of medical conditions, an enlightenment accorded to those who have spent too much time in medical environs!! LOL Thanks again!

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110Knothead...How are you? - Page 5 Empty Re: Knothead...How are you? on Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:20 pm

RealLindaL wrote:Thanks very much for sharing more of your difficult story with us, knot.  And, while of course no one else can make the decision for you, it sure sounds as if you've arrived at a solid, well-informed choice, and I, for one, applaud you.  Please remind us closer to Aug. 15 so we can send you off to surgery with resounding good wishes for a much easier time than you or anyone else expects, and for the fastest recovery on the planet.   You deserve it all!

Just hate that you have to wait so long in discomfort, but seeing potential relief ahead must surely be of some help, yes?  

Thinking of you!

Thank you so much LL, what I didn't say is it is so freaking scary (for me) but the long shot chance, although remote, is by doing nothing I could end up in a wheel chair . . . . . not going to happen!!! Fingers crossed here.

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111Knothead...How are you? - Page 5 Empty Re: Knothead...How are you? on Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:32 pm

Knot, I have no doubt that it's scary as hell, especially when the doc keeps repeating the warnings. Still, you've got solid reasons for proceeding (and yes, avoiding even a long-shot wheel chair is surely good reason in itself!). You are visibly strong in your resolve despite the natural fears, and that's so, so admirable, and evidence that you've made the right decision for yourself. Fingers AND toes crossed here!!

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112Knothead...How are you? - Page 5 Empty Re: Knothead...How are you? on Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:06 pm

You do what you have to do! We will be with you in spirit and prayers!

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113Knothead...How are you? - Page 5 Empty Re: Knothead...How are you? on Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:09 pm

RealLindaL wrote:Knot, I have no doubt that it's scary as hell, especially when the doc keeps repeating the warnings. Still, you've got solid reasons for proceeding (and yes, avoiding even a long-shot wheel chair is surely good reason in itself!).   You are visibly strong in your resolve despite the natural fears, and that's so, so admirable, and evidence that you've made the right decision for yourself.   Fingers AND toes crossed here!!

Thank you!

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114Knothead...How are you? - Page 5 Empty Re: Knothead...How are you? on Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:20 pm

Joanimaroni wrote:You do what you have to do!  We will be with you in spirit and prayers!

Appreciate it joani . . . . . so much!

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