Paul's surgery was more complicated than expected. The surgeon found and removed 9 tumors in 6.5 hours as compared to the original plan of removing the identified 3 tumors in 2.5 hrs. Essentially, the “Chip Shot” turned into a “Par 5.” He weathered the surgery well and now faces the challenges of recovery.
The good news is that the final pathology report confirmed what the doctor’s thought – all 9 were Desmoid tumors. The plan of attack going forward seems to be a doubling of his current Gleevec dose!!! Great news all things considered.
Paul’s recovery has been somewhat typical for such an extensive surgical procedure. The first two days, Paul was feeling pretty good doing his laps around the hospital floor and having visitors. These last few days have been more difficult and the level of discomfort significantly heightened. The doctors assured us that his recovery is following the expected path. Paul, too, recalls a similar cycle the last time around. We anticipate his energy level to strengthen and his physical activities to increase. With some luck, he might well be able to go home by weeks end.
Thank you so much for your love and support.