Wednesday, May 16, 2001

Surgery ever after

I'm finally back from the hospital. I had a really rough time- lots of complications- none of which were related to my surgery. I went in for surgery 4/10/01 and they had problems putting in the breathing tube. It took 4 hours. My doctor was going to start surgery but found a kink in the tube. It had to come out and he had to do an emergency Tracheostomy so I could breathe. Unfortunately, my mouth was so swollen he could not do the Transoral surgery so I went to ICU for 2 days until the swelling went down. I had my surgery on 4/12/01 which went smoothly. During my time in the hospital I suffered a Pneumothorax during a procedure to put in a central line, Developed Sepsis from an IV line gone bad, and I also had a Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clot) in my arm from that bad IV line. Needless to say it was a rather eventful hospital stay. I am doing O.K now. Despite everything, I gained some strength in my right hand and I'm still hoping for a full recovery.


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