Hope all goes well tomorrow Daniel. I agree about the chemo, that stuff is rough.
Life On & Off My Farm - Life Changes
Posted October 08, 2013 - 06:06 PM
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Posted October 08, 2013 - 09:42 PM
Hope the whole process goes well for your Dad. We'll be thinking of him.
Posted October 09, 2013 - 10:45 AM
Thinking of you folks this morning, hope all is going OK for all of you.
Posted October 09, 2013 - 08:00 PM
Been a loooong day. First, we do the usual when going to a doc appointment, surgery, etc........"hurry up to wait". We got there on time, then waited over 3 1/2 hours due to no surgery rooms being available. Then he finally got to the OR. Doc came & told me the cancer had messed up his bladder pretty bad, but took all the tumors out as best he could. They had used over 14 liters of fluid to keep his bladder flushed to prevent clotting, and so far the fluid is not even tinted, not even a tiny clot or anything in it, so that's good. He should come home tomorrow. I'll milk in the morning if he's still doing fine, then take Mom to go pick him up. Doc wants to remove his bladder entirely within 2 weeks or so, and I think it's the best way to go. He'd wear a bag with a portal through his side. No more sleepless nights due to going to the bathroom several times. No more bladder cancer returning. So far they do not think cancer has spread, and if further tests prove that, then removal of the bladder may mean no chemo, but not sure yet.
They were going to do a scan of his bladder to make sure no clots are forming, but that too was 2 hours behind schedule when I came on home. He had a room full of other family members there, so he had all the help he could need. Kinda worn out after 13 hours up there. Feels like I've been working 48 hours straight, so I can only imagine how Dad feels!
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Posted October 09, 2013 - 08:04 PM
- olcowhand said thank you
Posted October 09, 2013 - 08:10 PM
Thanks for keeping us updated Daniel. I think the docs are doing what they can and it sounds like good progress is being made. We are keeping you guys in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted October 09, 2013 - 09:49 PM
Thanks for the update Daniel. We will continue to keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Glad to hear he made it out of surgery and no tinting in the fluid. Hopefully all the other test's will be negative and this will all you all will have to worry about.
Posted October 10, 2013 - 05:51 AM
Sorry it was a long day there, but happy for the news!
Posted October 10, 2013 - 06:19 AM
Thanks for the info. Guess you did have a long day didn't you!
Posted October 10, 2013 - 09:54 AM
Take time you spend at the hospitials and multiply it by 4. Thats how you feel afterwards. My grandfather passed away Jan 1st 2002. We spent 6 months with him going to Doctors, surgeries, trips all over Ohio, WV, PA going to different doctors and specialist. That was the longest 6 months in my life. I was 18 at the time, and I think by the time it was all over I aged 5 years..
Glad things are looking good!
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Posted October 10, 2013 - 09:56 AM
Long morning! Started out trying to let Josh sleep in a bit, and he did get to. But I milked a couple groups of cows, then daylight, so I fed silage, then hopped on the 4 wheeler to check on a heifer close to calving. One leg, breach! So got her up, tried to work with it, but she was pushing so hard, no way to get the leg back in to get hold of the other rear leg. Tried the puller, as calf seemed to be dead with no movement response. I've pulled by one leg successfully before, but the leg fractured, so I just called my vet. I thought I'd be going to get Dad this morning from the hospital, and nothing was going right, so let the vet do this. Vet came & gave the heifer a spinal block to stop her pushing. Got the leg back in, then both legs out together. She thought the calf was dead too. Lo & behold the calf was alive.....and I broke the poor thing's leg!
Vet said it would heal being so young, but no casting supplies on the truck. Over $100 to come back, and it's a bull calf we get $80 for. She said many folk splint sith PVC pipe with great results, so I'll be doing just that in a bit, after momma licks off the calf good. I'll call my calf guy & offer the calf free if he'll take it. He has the time to give it the care it'll need the next couple weeks or so.
During this time, I called Dad & they are getting him ready for release to come home, and my brother is there to bring him home. A big load off me this morning, as I have enough going on as it is. Dad is doing great still. Gonna run out to see him in a few. Gotta put down some ibuprofin for this unexplained headache I have brewing.
Today is full, so Josh & I will finish emptying the manure pit tomorrow. I'll be slim on here a day or so during the day, but I'll be here in the evenings when I can.
My sister Angela who is already undergoing chemo was there to see Dad last night, and she looks great. Not feeling her best, but doing good!
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Posted October 10, 2013 - 10:38 AM
Thanks for the update, sorry about the calf and the vet bill that goes with it, Sounds like your Dad is doing as well as he can be so that is good news. So its back to the poo pit tomorrow?!?! Hope you can finish it and cross that one off the list!
Posted October 10, 2013 - 10:55 AM
Just visited Dad at home. Amazing how tough he is at nearly 88 years old! He's up & about like nothing happened & went walking as we left. He said he'll be back in a tractor tomorrow, and I said NO you won't! He was kidding, but I was not! He's back to the doc next Thursday for checkup & to set a date for the definite bladder removal.
Got the calf splinted, but it's so weak it won't try to stand at all. Getting ready to bottle feed it.
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Posted October 10, 2013 - 10:57 AM
Better to be up moving about. Good for healing! Good for the spirit as well.
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