He discussed the pathology report in detail with us. As I told you before, there were no residual live cancer cells found. They did find two lymph nodes that had dead cancer cells in them. One was 100% cancerous and the other was 50% cancerous. He told us that would indicate that I did initially have stage 3 cancer as they thought. The normal course of treatment for stage 3 rectal cancer would indicate 4 months of chemotherapy following surgery. That call will be made as we meet with the oncologist next Tuesday.
The surgeon told me that if I have more chemotherapy then he will wait until that is finished before he reverses the ileostomy. He does not want to interrupt any chemotherapy treatment that I might have. If it is decided that no further chemotherapy is needed, then he will reverse the ileostomy in two months.
So, we continue to take things one day at a time. We will wait to see what the oncologist recommends next week. Please pray for wisdom as these decisions are made.
I also visited the ostomy nurse again today. The adhesive of the appliance that I was using was really irritating my skin causing a lot of itching! It was also a very long bag that hung down my leg and flopped around - not very comfortable! She applied a new appliance for me that is much more comfortable and should be less irritating to my skin. She also fitted me with a short bag! I feel much better!
In other news:
- Mark preached a very special funeral for my Grandmother on Tuesday. I was not able to attend the service, but my parents and family members have all said that it was a personal and moving service, and a great tribute to my Grandmother.
- Ashley is settling in well at OU. She is enjoying her classes, making friends, and having fun with her sister.
- My mother's arm has healed well. She is still doing some physical therapy to help increase range of motion, but the doctor is pleased with her recovery.
- Stacey is back at work in the classroom as well as starting radiation treatments this week. Please pray for her strength during the next 6 weeks.
- Bruce is continuing his chemotherapy treatments. Please continue to pray for his healing and pray for minimal side-effects with his treatments.
I hope you all enjoy your long weekend! Happy Labor Day!