Part 2 of my stay at Indiana University Health Center

The staff and nurses were nothing but amazing, they kept me well drugged and in the loop about my care and how well I was progressing. I decided when they started giving me vicodin and letting me drink clear fluids that I should start weaning myself off the dilaudid, which worked pretty well, although I was using it here and there in between the pills when I had breakthrough pain. It just kept me sleepy, so I was sleeping most of my time there.

They let me get out of the bed and to a chair, and I found out that most of my bloating and discomfort is caused by trapped gas. Which you can imagine, the farting and belching began in earnest and became good signs that my guts were operating correctly. My Foley catheter came out (it burns!) and I was allowed to void without the convenience of a bag to catch it, meaning I had to sit up. Which was kind of a bummer, but it was nice to be losing some of the tubes.

My bandages came off Friday morning, and I got a look at the damage done. I thought it looked awful, but according to my wife and her mother (both nurses) it looked good. I decided to defer to their expertise. I still have marks from the surgical tape they used to hold the dressing on. I got to eat actual food, although I couldn’t eat much.

Saturday I got to leave, they disconnected my PCA pump and all my IV’s. I took a real shower instead of my wife’s bed baths (awesome, by the way) and got to actually move around on my own without assistance.

I was wheeled out of the hospital and on my way to my in-laws around noon.

So here I sit, with a week to heal up enough to make the drive back to Memphis at the end of the month. I will be able to devote plenty of time to the blog and to other projects I queued up on purpose since I will have plenty of time to work on them while I am off.

Still in the way though are vacation picks, which I may have to find a way to make my picks while off sick but it is something that hasn’t been overcome before.

Hopefully this will be the end to a long and troubling period of time, and the cancer will stay gone. I’ll be on surveillance for a few years (3 or 5, depending on what my oncologist says) then after that I am considered cured.

Thanks everyone for the support!

Category: Cancer

About the Author

Russell Stine is a firefighter/paramedic in a large urban system. He has been employed for 6 years as a street level provider and has delivered care as an EMT and a paramedic across the urban, suburban, and rural settings. He has been in emergency services for 15 years.

  • Dave Konig

    Glad to hear the prognosis is good!

    I had a foley once. They put it in me while I was unconscious and then had to restrain me. Not fun.

  • Christopher

    Glad it went well and you’re on the mend!

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