Humor or Just Foggy from Anesthesia?

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roadrunner
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Humor or Just Foggy from Anesthesia?

Postby roadrunner » Mon Jun 20, 2022 2:09 pm

When things go decently with a surgery, I seem to find it therapeutic to post a humorous (to me, at least) aspect of the experience. Here goes:

So I just had another TAE this morning, this time for a rectal polyp. Odds are good it’s benign, since very small, not indurated or ulcerated, nothing showed on scans, my fabulous, super-experienced CRC surgeon thinks it’s benign, biopsies were negative. But as an old televangelist used to say “We’ll see, won’t we?” (Bet nobody guesses that one!)

Anyway, I had the following conversation with my wife a little while ago because these TAEs tend to cause a decent amount of bleeding at first:

Me (waits until teen sons are upstairs and deep in video games (these do in fact have a purpose other than destroying curiosity, creativity, and productivity!)):

“Um, hey honey. . . you don’t happen to have any of those, you know, um . . . panty liner thingies?”

Wife: “Yeah, I do, but I don’t think they’ll work for you.

Me: “Why not?”

Wife: “Your underwear is pointy.”

Me: (trying to work this out) “Huh?”

Wife: “Mine have a gusset in them.”

At this point I realized I was way out of my depth in this conversation, having never even heard the word “gusset” before. But I snuck upstairs anyway and retrieved the, ahh . . . product, jury rigged it (in nearly every other conversation jury rigging anything is in my view pretty manly, but here this seems in doubt . . .) and for those still reading, it seems to be functioning as intended despite my apparent anatomical shortcomings. As above, we’ll see…

P.S. For Father’s Day, I added to my previous advice to my sons (“Don’t get cancer.”). New maxim is: “Don’t have operations on your butt.”
7/19: Rectal cancer: Staged IIIA, T2N1M0
approx 4.25 cm, low/mid rectum, mod. well diff.; lung micronodule
8/22 -10/14 4 rounds FOLFOX neoadjuvant, 3 w/Oxiplatin (side effects/reduced 70-75%)
neoadjuvant chemorad 11/19
4 rounds FOLFOX July-August 2020
ncCR 10/20; biopsies neg
TAE 11/20, tumor cells removed
Chest CT 3/30/21 small growth in 2 nodules (3 and 5mm)
VATS 12/8/21 sub-pleural met 7mm.
SBRT nodule 1/22
CT 3/22: Clear
Thoracic CT 5/19/22 Clear
6/20/22 TAE rectal polyp benign

Koreysue
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Re: Humor or Just Foggy from Anesthesia?

Postby Koreysue » Thu Aug 04, 2022 12:41 am

Loving this story. Sometimes you just have to laugh!
Hoping your use of them was short lived :lol:
Ksue
Dx: 6/2017 stage 3 colon cancer
Sigmoid, 2 nodes
CEA at dx: 6.1
Sigmoid Colectomy/folfox (chemo complete January 31, 2018)
CEA 4/2018: 2.4
CEA 7/2018: 3.7
Colonoscopy 8/2018 clean
PET scan 8/20/18 NED
CEA 11/2018: 3.8
CEA 2/2019: 3.2
CT NED 6/18/2019 / CEA : 3.4
CEA 10/21/19: 3.2
CEA 3/9/20: 3.8
CT NED /CEA 6/17/20: 3.8
CEA 11/4/20 4.6 <——— whyyyy? (will retest in a few weeks)
CT NED 12/1/20 CEA: 3.5
CEA 5/21 4.2
CEA 10/21 3.4
colonoscopy 10/2021 10mm polyp
CEA 4/22 3.7
CEA 7/22 3.8

roadrunner
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Re: Humor or Just Foggy from Anesthesia?

Postby roadrunner » Thu Aug 04, 2022 1:03 am

It was! Turns out the polyp was benign as well, so the whole thing went down as just another adventure.
7/19: Rectal cancer: Staged IIIA, T2N1M0
approx 4.25 cm, low/mid rectum, mod. well diff.; lung micronodule
8/22 -10/14 4 rounds FOLFOX neoadjuvant, 3 w/Oxiplatin (side effects/reduced 70-75%)
neoadjuvant chemorad 11/19
4 rounds FOLFOX July-August 2020
ncCR 10/20; biopsies neg
TAE 11/20, tumor cells removed
Chest CT 3/30/21 small growth in 2 nodules (3 and 5mm)
VATS 12/8/21 sub-pleural met 7mm.
SBRT nodule 1/22
CT 3/22: Clear
Thoracic CT 5/19/22 Clear
6/20/22 TAE rectal polyp benign

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Re: Humor or Just Foggy from Anesthesia?

Postby ginabeewell » Thu Aug 04, 2022 7:16 am

LOL!

Missed this one but appreciate the humor. Recalling the days I kept maxi pads stuck to my chest to catch the leaky drain liquid post surgery - for weeks.

Just another one of those cancer indignities that keep us all humble!!
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9/17/18 DX stage 4 CRC w inoperable liver mets CEA 931
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Re: Humor or Just Foggy from Anesthesia?

Postby MadMed » Thu Aug 04, 2022 10:29 am

roadrunner wrote:When things go decently with a surgery, I seem to find it therapeutic to post a humorous (to me, at least) aspect of the experience. Here goes:

P.S. For Father’s Day, I added to my previous advice to my sons (“Don’t get cancer.”). New maxim is: “Don’t have operations on your butt.”



LOL! Ok, i'll file this one in the "Good to know" bucket. Amazing, gusset is an actual thing!
52M DX: RC lower rectum, guessing now 2cm from AV 4/27/2021
T3N0M0 adenocarcinoma with signet ring cell features
Tumor size 30mm
Tumor grade: G3
Baseline CEA 1.0
MSI status: MSS pMMR
Started Folfox 5/12/2021
Switched to FOLFIRINOX from session 2. 8 rounds total.
CT+MRI tumor contained shrunk 80%, no spread to other organs.
CRT started xeloda + 28 days Radiation 9/27-11/04
NED as of 4/06 CT/MRI/sigmoidoscopy
On W&W 04/06/2022

roadrunner
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Re: Humor or Just Foggy from Anesthesia?

Postby roadrunner » Thu Aug 04, 2022 11:01 am

Gina: Thanks! I know from reading your blog that you know how to find the humor in the “turbulence”. I think you “saw me and raised me” (poker reference) on the “creative use of maxi pad” front. All I know is, I was happy to have those things for a couple of days (never thought I’d say that!).

MadMed: Re: maxims. Meant humorously, of course. I see you’re on W&W. Hopefully you’ll be able to continue to follow the “no operations on the butt” rule, but of course sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. I’ve had two of ‘em so far, fortunately fairly minor.
7/19: Rectal cancer: Staged IIIA, T2N1M0
approx 4.25 cm, low/mid rectum, mod. well diff.; lung micronodule
8/22 -10/14 4 rounds FOLFOX neoadjuvant, 3 w/Oxiplatin (side effects/reduced 70-75%)
neoadjuvant chemorad 11/19
4 rounds FOLFOX July-August 2020
ncCR 10/20; biopsies neg
TAE 11/20, tumor cells removed
Chest CT 3/30/21 small growth in 2 nodules (3 and 5mm)
VATS 12/8/21 sub-pleural met 7mm.
SBRT nodule 1/22
CT 3/22: Clear
Thoracic CT 5/19/22 Clear
6/20/22 TAE rectal polyp benign

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Re: Humor or Just Foggy from Anesthesia?

Postby stu » Thu Aug 04, 2022 12:55 pm

:D . Just asked my husband if he had ever heard of a gusset ! “ Never heard of it “ . Where do you think it might be on female clothing . Mmm “ the bust area !”
Made me burst out laughing .
supporter to my mum who lives a great life despite a difficult diagnosis
stage4 2009 significant spread to liver
2010 colon /liver resection
chemo following recurrence
73% of liver removed
enjoying life treatment free
2016 lung resection
Oct 2017 nice clear scan . Two lung nodules disappeared
Oct 2018. Another clear scan .

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Re: Humor or Just Foggy from Anesthesia?

Postby roadrunner » Thu Aug 04, 2022 1:42 pm

Awesome. Apparently none of us (men) is well-versed in the gusset department. I think his guess was very reasonable, really. Sounds like he just picked the most technical, structurally complex area of the clothing. Had a decent shot.
7/19: Rectal cancer: Staged IIIA, T2N1M0
approx 4.25 cm, low/mid rectum, mod. well diff.; lung micronodule
8/22 -10/14 4 rounds FOLFOX neoadjuvant, 3 w/Oxiplatin (side effects/reduced 70-75%)
neoadjuvant chemorad 11/19
4 rounds FOLFOX July-August 2020
ncCR 10/20; biopsies neg
TAE 11/20, tumor cells removed
Chest CT 3/30/21 small growth in 2 nodules (3 and 5mm)
VATS 12/8/21 sub-pleural met 7mm.
SBRT nodule 1/22
CT 3/22: Clear
Thoracic CT 5/19/22 Clear
6/20/22 TAE rectal polyp benign


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