- March 27, 2012 - Max's first surgery: a lip adhesion, took less than an hour! Overall I would say that it went well, but there were a few tough aspects:
- David could not come with Max and I because he had to take chemo treatments that whole week.
- Max could not eat from midnight until the surgery at 7:00am. Try starving a three-month old for seven hours. He can barely wait the 15 seconds it takes to heat his bottles.
- Max had to wear rigid arm braces (no-nos) for two weeks following surgery to prevent him from touching his face. Anyone with a baby knows this is a nightmare. I wouldn't enjoy wearing a virtual straight jacket for two weeks either.
- August 23, 2012 - Max's lip repair was rescheduled (from July 5) and will last about two hours. The doctor will open up his closed lip and reshape the lip and nose to be symmetrical. (a.k.a.- baby's first nose job)
- October 23, 2012 - Max's final surgery of the year will be his most significant. This will be his palate repair, after which the roof of his mouth will be complete and my little nugget will be able to suck and eat normally.
- Sometime in the future...Max will have a graft to take bone from his hip and put it in his gum to help his adult teeth come in.
|Day before Max's lip adhesion (3.26.12)|
|Minutes after lip adhesion surgery (3.27.12)|
|Max and mommy bunking in his hospital crib (3.27.12)|
2. How do you tell your husband (or anyone!) that they have cancer?
3. When was I going to tell David? He had a game that night. I was planning on taking Max, but I was not planning on this. That was a fun game to sit through. At least they won.
4. I didn't even know this doctor from a hole in the wall, and all the sudden he would be removing one of my husband's testicles?!
1. It was terrible and traumatic. Unbearably rough on the body and the mind. A necessary evil that David endured and persevered through.
2. The nurses at the outpatient infusion center at Georgetown are the most amazing nurses in the world. That should hold some clout seeing as that our family has encountered dozens upon dozens of nurses through our many medical adventures.
This mediocre attempt to make a long story short ends with David needing surgery to remove the enlarged lymph node in his abdomen and mass in his lung. Both are small, but need to come out. His oncologist recommended that he have the surgery on his abdomen at Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City. So he is. David will have a Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RLND) on June 27. Check the link below if you want to know more about the scientific, medical information, but here are the basic facts as they effect David and our family:
2. David will be in the hospital between 5 to 7 days
3. David, Max, and I will be in New York indefinitely until David feels strong enough to come home (and be comfortable in the car). We are guessing this will be between two to three weeks.
4. Full recovery can be expected after four to six weeks
5. David can't eat any fat for two weeks after he leaves the hospital. And he can't eat any nuts or corn for a year!
Click here for medical information about testicular cancer.
*For obvious reasons, there will be no before and after pictures of David.