The past several days have been rest, rest and more rest. Mark is currently on his way to radiology, celebrating Presidents Day with a contrast study to check all the his new connections to assure no issues or leaks. (They aren’t anticipating any.)
Mark has two chest tubes. When I asked what they were for exactly, it was explained that the surgeries are similar to a wound that weeps. The tubes collect any serous fluid and drains it out of the body. With any luck one or both will be coming out tomorrow since one of them is causing a good deal of pain. His epidural will more than likely be removed tomorrow as well. Each day he gets a bit stronger, his assisted walks are a bit longer, and he is needs less pain meds.
Fingers crossed and doctors willing we’re hoping he’ll be able to go home in the next few days.
Thank you again for all your prayers, comments, texts, emails, calls, letters, gifts, love and support. We couldn’t have asked for any better people to be with us during Marks diagnosis and surgery. We are also very thankful for all the caring, profoundly talented doctors, nursing staff, anesthesiologists, physical therapists, and people at Huntsman Cancer Institue. They have been nothing short of fabulous.
Mark & Lee