Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Making Progress

Troy is still doing well and making good progress in the healing process. The chest tube and one other drain tube was removed today. The heart monitor was also removed. That leaves only the central IV line and of course the feeding tube. He is finally free to move around as nothing is attaching him to any machines or IV poles. He even got out of that hospital gown today!

He has been feeling quite a bit more pain since they removed the epidural yesterday. He had so much pain last night that the doctors finally agreed to give him morphine in order to help get control over it. He's doing better this morning, but we are definitely staying "on top" of the pain using several medications.

The surgeon came in and spent quite a bit of time going over the pathology reports. I don't think we could have asked for better results. No cancer in the lymph nodes and, according to Dr. Ramchandani, he removed lots of lymph nodes for biopsy. The tumor had shrunk considerably and, if I understood the medical terminology, it had shrunk to what they call pre cancer cells, meaning that the radiation and chemo killed all the cancer cells and the surgery removed the remaining tumor. Praise God!!!!!!

You're in pretty good shape for the shape you are in. ~Dr. Seuss

4 comments:

Byron said...

Hey there Troy and Deana, Byron here:

Happy to read the great news about your progress. Looks like you'll be visiting Different Drummer very soon... and I know all your "dock" friends will be very happy to see you back where you belong.

See ya sailing!

Byron

Anonymous said...

You are so right, PRAISE GOD!!!!
This is such wonderful news.
Troy you looked adorable in your hospital gown, but it is sure good to see that you were able to put on some "real clothes" again.
We will pray that today is a great day, and that you won't be in such pain.
So, how is your voice now? Which singer are you sounding like?
Much love to each of you,
Esther

Tammy said...

Hey y'all! Just wanted you to know y'all are in our prayers and thoughts often, and we are looking forward to seeing you soon, either here or there!

Love y'all bunches,
The Bowman bunch!

Tammy said...

Hey Troy,
I read Mom's comment, and I was just picking on her when I said you sounded like a girl!!! You never sounded better!!!
Love you!