Good news, very good news.
No cancer was found. While the VATS was not fun, the emotional relief flowing from the knowledge that I am cancer free overcomes any momentary lament about the physical impact of the procedure.
Two slight problems arose. A”drain,” a translucent “garden hose,” attached to a suction pump, was placed as a part of the surgery. It passed the (normal) build up of fluid inside the cavity after surgery to a pump and collection device outside the thoracic cavity. When it began to leak at the incision site used to place the hose, the repair required a new and extensive tape job to seal the garden hose as it passed through the incision and into the thoracic cavity. That little procedure will cause you to give homage to the manufacturer of Percocet and the physicians who cater to whimpering drug seekers like me. (Lord Lockwell, Gomer Blog, ER Places Bowl Full of Percocet in Waiting Room, Lowers Visits (January 31, 2014).
The other problem was a slight pneumothorax (a collapsed lung). That extended my hospital stay, but it is gradually resolving itself. Thus, I was discharged with the idea that leak will abate over time. Of course, I was given instructions to follow-up with the various physicians and surgeons.
I will not start back on my daily blog routine until around Monday, January 26, 2015. Until then, know that I am fine and look forward to world of blogging. And, I sincerely thank the many of you who have expressed your kindnesses about my health.
Back to sleep, am I.