This week was great since I am now wireless again! Yea, no more having to wheel around my spinal epidural painkiller. I am still trying to break my mental conditioning of looking for wires whenever I have to get up and feeling tethered to something. I am finally only on oral painkillers and have been feeling much better about moving out and about (stairs still make me tired like an old man).
Monday was the day my epidural was removed so I walked with Connie to the nearby "kaufland" market which was a great workout for me and the short lived rainstorm at the nearby food stand (German speaking Asian guy making Asian foods) was a great bonus. This was also my first non-hospital meal since my surgery (mmm grilled veggies with sauce and white rice). My pain levels were very low and only spiked occasionally (mainly when I stretch/move too much). Jussi also flew back to Finland this morning and has to fly to Vancouver, Canada in 2 weeks for cryoablation removal of more tumors. I might also have to do this in the future, we will see how far a consistent aggressive anticancer diet will take me before the cancer makes the next move
Here's a pic of my delicious scar after they removed my bandages:
Tuesday (July 31st, 2012) was the first day since surgery where I left the hospital area and forgot about my giant cut.
Here is a pic which sums it up ( Yes, beer is a great painkiller!) Bier von Fass!:
Our ICU nurse friend Markus took us to see Moritzburg Castle which was about a 15 minute drive from the hospital. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moritzburg_Castle
This castle was the real house Baratheon (if you get the Game of Thrones reference). It was completely themed out with stag heads (with different metal designs wrapping around the heads) and it was an epic hunting lodge for Augustus the Strong. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustus_II_the_Strong
Here are a few pics of the day, I can't post many since bandwidth is freaking expensive:
It's comforting hanging out with an ICU nurse, he can resuscitate me if I fall or something.
Connie found a doggy.
Epic street shot from the Castle.
Connie running through the epic garden before the hunting grounds.
The castle is surrounded by a large moat.
The castle is also surrounded by great pubs.
A description for tourists. (Wikipedia is better)
Connie and I sitting, Markus took the pic.
9PM Sunset view from my hospital room.
The doc told me today that he is discharging me this Friday! Which is great since we can enjoy a bit more of Germany and I can finish my recovery outside of the hospital. Painkillers to-go please...aaand after one of the head nurses adjusted my wound with her finger and patched it up, she told me that I can take a real SHOWER!!!!!! Which I am excited to do after this post.
Thanks again to everyone who has posted comments and useful information. I am also honored to have Ivan (ASPS patient #1) and Olga posting on this blog. They have experienced this procedure/hospital experience multiple times and their posts on the cureasps.org forum have given me much hope when I was feeling down about the scary Thoracotomy.