Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The past several weeks have been all about scars healing, bones meshing and connecting and overall recovery. I am very surprised that the incision, which was closed with what looked like railroad ties (I swear they used 1/2 inch thick staples to close me up, and a LOT of them) is healing into a "not so bad" straight line scar.
Additionally, the chest bones seem to be healing well and right on target time-wise. There is also progress on the recovery steps - it is almost embarrassing that something as simple as a 30 minute non-stop walk can be a major accomplishment, but there you have it.
My primary challenges remain shortness of breath, speaking and diaphragm issues which all wear me out. Turns out vocal chords seem to be closely wrapped up with speaking, swallowing, breathing and coughing, which, because of the temporary partial paralysis of one of my chords, seems to explain the problems I'm having with "speaking, swallowing, breathing and coughing." The good news is I continue to get stronger so I'm up and about more easily and often. My vocal chords do kick in long enough for me to recognize my voice for several minutes every day, but I still sound like a soft spoken Froggy most of the time.
Other developments: I am nurturing facial hair and some fuzz on the top of my head. Progress!
Over the last 10 days or so we spent some time in Carmel and a weekend in Sausalito to try and give me a change of pace and opportunities to force me to get out and about and extend those walks. Glad to say it worked!
Next visit with the doctor is on April 11 when I will hopefully get some direction on future chemo, recovery and maintenance targets.