Do you know, we only asked the surgeon one question really....
' Can you get rid of it' ! LOL I genuinely think that was all we asked. It this curative or palliative?
He didn't really want to know anything else, and tbh nor did I.
We knew it was major surgery, but we didn't really need to know a lot, other than again, get rid of it.
I suppose we felt 'what choice do we have', just do whatever, again to get rid of it LOL, seems to be my favourite line tonight.
Yep, he did the inspiratory training. The gadget that you inhale with, increasing resistance. Did that about 3 times a day, working up to a 7. He was semi fit anyway, so he took to increasing his stamina. One of the best, free and probably most difficult was to walk up and down the stairs for 10 mins twice a day. Sounds easy, but after 1 minute I was a jibbering wreck (:, needing cake, but he cracked on and even got up to 15 mins- trust me it is a killer (:
Looking back I think it did make a huge difference, I can't say how exactly, but he was moving pretty well post op.
Fatten him up - absolutely. Mine had some food clogging , that put him off his food a bit, but, Once mine had his 2 nd pre op chemo, my oh my, there was no stopping him, total glutton. Most of his weight loss has come after surgery, more so with the post op chemo nausea poor appetite. All husband and fellow travellers left hospital with something called a jejunostomy feeding tube. Goes into the gut and for 2 weeks post op he had 'delicious' vanilla feeds overnight. It keeps the calories going in. He hated that. They decided to stop overnight feeds after 2 weeks, but leave the tube in until after chemo finished. That came in very handy, as when appetite or fluids were really off, just shoved a pile of water and feed into that. He has lost about a stone in total most of it since the op, but he is now starting to put on again.
The tube was 'self removed' about 4 weeks ago. All the stitches had broken and he 'forgot ' to mention it, so it just slipped out. LOL.
He is just really starting to enjoy food again now.
we have decided in celebration and in 'f' it' mood to get ourselves a couple of tattoos.........never had one before, nor him, but after coming through this, why the heck not (: (: