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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

On Temporary Hiatus

This will be my last post for about a week, I'd guess.  I just wanted to say thank you again to all my wonderful blogosphere buds who have expressed concern, offered up prayers, and have been generally supportive.

Remember back on March 10 when I did a post about "Colon Cancer Awareness Month?"  If  you missed it or don't remember, please click on the link and go read it.  My husband is one of the way too many people who procrastinated or for whatever reason avoided having a colonoscopy.  That was a mistake.

I drove Mr. Eva to the emergency room Sunday night because of some heavy rectal bleeding.  He was admitted to the hospital, and after a day's wait to be sure the bleeding was under control, he underwent a colonoscopy on Tuesday.  A tumor was discovered in his colon, and on Wednesday, he underwent surgery to have a portion of his colon removed.  Fortunately, the surgeon was able to perform the procedure laparoscopically, which means a few very small incisions were made in the abdominal wall, and a small tubular instrument called and endoscope was inserted.  This made it possible to operate without making a major incision (which results in greater risk and longer recovery.).

The remaining colon was reconnected to the small intestine and now must heal.  Poor Mr. Eva will be on a restricted  liquid diet until the reconnection is fully healed.  The removed portion of the colon has been sent to the pathology lab for analysis. This will determine whether the cancer was restricted to the tumor, or if it has spread to the lymph nodes.   If the lymph nodes are unaffected, the the prognosis is very promising, and although he will be monitored for the next couple of years with tests, and yes, more colonoscopies, but he is likely to be fine.  If the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes, he will have to undergo chemotherapy.  We will not know the results of the pathology report until Friday or Monday.
He now realizes having had a few colonoscopies over the last 20 years and this surgery probably would never have been necessary. 

I did want to let those of you who have been kind enough to express concern and offer your support what was happening; I also urge those of you who haven't read it, to go back and read the  Colon Cancer Awareness Month post.  It could save your life.

I'll be back here posting once Mr. Eva is home and well on his way back to his old self.  In the meantime, my love to you all. 

I apologize that I failed to post the Wrestling With Retirement Swimsuit Edition on the 11th of this month.  Look for it to resume on the 11th of June, and it's not too late guys to get your photos to me!
EVA

30 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Oh, wow, Eva! You guys are in my prayers. There has been a lot of awareness in my area after a prominent figure died from colon cancer.

Hang in there!

Tam said...

Eva you and the Mr. are at the top of my prayers tonight. I'm so sorry to hear that your are going through this. I'll be thinking of you. xo

Linda Kish said...

I'm glad they could do a less extensive procedure and I hope his biopsies come out good (negative). It's a slow recovery but since it was laparoscopic it should be easier. Take care.

JackieA said...

Praying that the results are negative, Eva.
Hi Mr. Eva, Mrs. Eva is very precious to me as she makes me smile with her funny posts. Thank you for sharing her with all of us and we pray for your speedy recovery. Please tell her to take as much time as she needs to take care of you as we understand that you need her more now. Bless you!

no-one said...

Hope everything goes well for him from here on out.

retirement condos said...

Great posts,great blog. I'd like to thank you for giving such a funny real life facts.

The Retired One said...

I am one of those procastinators and this is a reminder for sure.
You will both be in our thoughts and prayers, Eva.

beetlelovescupcakes said...

Thoughts and prayers are with your family, Eva. Hope Mr Eva is alright, recovers soon and there are no further complications. Thanks also for spreading awareness!

DJan said...

Thank you so much for explaining what has been going on. It seems a few of my blogging friends have been dealing with health issues. I will keep you in my prayers, Mr. Eva, and hope for the best.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

What a terrible ordeal. Tell Mr Eva we're all thinking about him. You take your time helping him to heal and I'll be here when you get back.

Brian Miller said...

((eva)) keeping the prayers coming..thanks for the heads up on what was going on...see you soon

EmptyNester said...

Wow, Eva! I'm hoping and praying that this is all there is to it! Thank you so much for updating us! We love you!

tsonodablog said...

Hey sweet lady. I am so very saddened to hear about Mr. Eva's illness and will be praying for a full recovery and negative test results. I know everyone probably tells you this, but make sure to take care of YOU during this most stressful time, as well. I know from experience how this can wear the healthiest of persons down. Much love going out to you and your husband from out West.
HUGS,
Terri

Sarah Lindahl said...

I'm sending you and Mr. Eva good, healthy, healing vibes! So sorry to hear about this. Wishing you both the very best.

Dawn @Lighten Up! said...

Eva! So sorry you and Mr. Eva are going thru all this! Hugs love and prayers!

The Vegetable Assassin said...

:( Poor Mr. Eva. And both of you really, to be agonising over such a tough time. I'll have all my digits crossed that things work out for the very, very best. And that other people heed your words and get tested! Take care!

Brian Miller said...

know i commented on this yesterday before the blogapocalypse but...know you are thought of and prayed for...

hocam said...

Eva, I only found your blog a short while ago but I enjoy reading it very much. You are both in my thoughts and prayers. I hope for good results for you both. My next door neighbour had surgery for the same problem and was given a very poor prognosis. She is still playing the organ at church 25 years later.

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Praying for the best Eva. Love ya!!

Homemaker Man said...

Hey Eva, Sorry I haven't commented before now. Best to you and to Mr. Eva. We'll be thinking about you and sending you our best good luck wishes.

injaynesworld said...

How frightening for both of you. I'm so sorry and send my prayers for the very best outcome, my friend.

Big hugs...

Lazarus said...

Eva, our prayers are with you and your husband. Hopefully he'll be fine, sounds like he may have dodged a bullet. What an ironic twist based on your post. That was a great public service message. You are a great person and a funny blogger, thanks for it all and hang in there, things will get better.

Queenie Jeannie said...

Big, big hugs to you both! I'm sure the worst is over with now, but I know you are going to be stressed out until you heard back from the doctors. Hang tough and keep the faith!!!

Deb said...

More positive thoughts, prayers and well-wishing being sent your way.

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I just sent up a prayer for you both. I don't know how to encourage folks to get a colonoscopy. I've lost two people who'd never had them and would still be here today is they had.

Mesina said...

Oh Eva....I am so sorry to hear about your hubby and I hope he makes a swift recovery really soon. You both must be beside yourselves right now and I am going to send all my positive thoughts that the news is good and that his lymph nodes are not affected.

My love to you both and your family. xxx

loveable_homebody said...

Eva, I bet this post will encourage some to get colon tests. People are more persuasive and moving than statistics.

I'm sorry you and your husband had to go through this. I hope he heals well and there is no cancer anywhere else.

Pat said...

I will pray that the tests come out okay and for your husband to have a speedy recovery. May this be a heads up to all your readers.

We will miss you while you are on hiatus, but we surely understand! Take care!

Joanna Jenkins said...

I read this but thanks to blogger couldn't comment-- but I've been praying for Mr. Eva and you ever since.

Modern medicine is pretty amazing and it sounds like Mr. Eva is in good hands.

I'm cheering you on and hoping for the best possible results along with an easy and complete recovery.

xoxoxox jj

R. J. said...

Sorry for your troubles and wishing you the best. We miss you.