Basil wrote:Thanks all - I'm home now. Total time in the hospital was a little over 48 hours. I'm still sore but it's improving. My family, who spoke to the surgeon while I was recovering, said I looked great and further chemo was likely unnecessary. The only conclusion I can draw is they think I'm stage two after surgery, but I don't really know. We'll discuss next week when pathology comes back. Obviously, I would love no more chemo and it would get me a reversal before the holidays. I'm just crossing my fingers.
A reversal is possible as soon as your wounds heal, and you can accept waste without leakage. In my case, I did it 3 weeks later, as the bag and I didn't get along well. The surgeon decided I was not absorbing enough liquid, and decided to reverse quickly, and also because I had a blockage, created during surgery. Going to talk like a Texan now, when they throw all your innards, onto the table to look for cancer sights, they surmise the problems, cut where they need to, and shove all your innards, back inside
There is no particular order or diagram, that they can study. So out it comes, and stuff it back in !
As a living example for over 5 years since surgery, you can do chemo without a bag. Why waste another few precious months of Insurance out of pocket costs, to not finish before the end of the current year. If you feel you need more chemo, then certainly make that choice! In my case I kept my eye on the fiscal year, and saved a ton of out of pocket costs.