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!