I’m all for the venting. It’s good after the tough times (and while they’re lingering). On the VATS, it sounds like you’ve turned the corner, with much better days to come. It’s real surgery, with real risks and a real recovery, so I’d go easy on myself, there. Also definitely a YMMV situation: I had mine a little over a year ago, and mine was pretty tolerable. I did have some excitement in the hospital, nearly passed out when they got me up (there’s a post somewhere on that). Still, they let me go same day, and I was super happy to go. I thought I was staying, so I still have fond memories of that walk to the car across the cold, dark parking garage floor. I will admit that when they pulled that tube out—Wow! So maybe yours was in a tougher spot, or the met itself was more challenging (mine was sub-pleural).
As far as the future goes, you may well be in a great place. There are lots of folks on here with good, and more importantly, long : ) stories of life after VATS for CRC mets. I think you’ll find that the recovery will speed up now that you’re home. The only reminder I have of it now is the occasional tweak when I sneeze of cough. Just ran three miles. Sorry about the LARS, others will have more to offer there, but I wonder whether the antibiotics or other factors related to the surgery may be involved, in which case it will likely return to the baseline soon. Good luck with the rest of the recovery.
7/19: RC: Staged IIIA, T2N1M0
approx 4.25 cm, low/mid rectum, mod. well diff.; lung micronodule
8/19-10/19 4 rds.FOLFOX neoadjuvant, 3 w/Oxiplatin (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 growth in 2 nodules (3 and 5mm)
VATS 12/8/21 sub-pleural met 7mm.
SBRT nodule 1/22
CT 3/22: Clear
Chest CT 5/19/22 Clear
6/20/22 TAE rectal polyp benign
CT/MRI 9/11 Clear
11/9/22: Rectal exam/scope Clear (2 yrs.)