bitchslapped wrote:Was wondering how your consult went, AJ That was quick. They appear to be quick & organized there @ UCSD from initial contact to consult to scheduling surgery. BFF is scheduled there, also w/Dr. Lowy, next wk for HIPEC (also appendix cancer).
Glad you were a candidate & doing fine! Curious as to how long your surgery was. Estimate for my friend, 5 hrs.
I hope you come back & share some of your experience for our members here when you feel up to it. I plan to share as much as I can 2nd hand (easier for me as I'm not the patient).
Kudos to you for taking the bull by the horns in self advocacy.
Best Wishes in healing,
fumaros wrote:Glad the surgery went well. Hope the recovery is quick, and you stay free and healthy.
bitchslapped wrote:Glad you didn't have complications as the complication rate can be high from HIPEC. Any problems w/reintroducing foods to your diet? Any recommendations? Getting in & out of bed ok? Since BFF not local, they have requested she stay in the area an extra week after release from the hospital just in case. I think flying home (takeoff & landing) w/b challenging w/such a large incision, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do. Imagine she'll need a pillow as a buffer.
I'm thinking those shorter HIPEC surgeries make a huge difference from some of what I have read on here from several years ago.
AJQ wrote:Will be more than happy to talk to you or your friend and help out. Let me know
I am thinking of going back to work this week...
Seriously AJ, now that w/b amazing! Here is our response: You must be very fit. We've got about 12 years on you, but is encouraging she might be able to accompany her DH to his dr. appt end of Dec for 2nd opinion on prostate cancer tx. A lot going on w/those 2 right now.
She wanted to make sure I thank you for your response, kindness in offer of help...which I do for both of us. She found your response very helpful & feels prepared to leave Wed. I told her that's what we do here on CT...people helping people. Someone recently gave her the neck pillows so most likely will pack one for the trip based on your response. Flight w/b about 2 1/4 hrs. for her. She is getting the epidural + walking/exercising in anticipation of surgery. What will be difficult is giving up her grains & veggies for bland diet. I've suggested she get those protein shakes as protein supposedly to aid in healing, so she did pick up a few.
You've come a long way Baby in such a short time, from your first post on this thread. Bully for you. Exactly what we like to hear on CT. From what I've read, hernia not uncommon w/these types of major surgeries (yes, HIPEC too), so use caution in doing too much too soon (as in going back to work).
Let us know how you are coming along post HIPEC.
hawkowl wrote:Hi AJQ...I have a cousin who lives overseas and is now more than 3 1/2 years out (and still NED) from HIPEC for appendix cancer with peritoneal spread. Wishing you similar success
Robino1 wrote:I will be following your journey closely. I hope you stay NED for YEARS!!!
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