Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Go to the Head of the Class, Gerry Claes!!!

We reported to the Penn Presbyterian Hospital at 5:45 a.m., Gerry went up for surgery at 7:37 a.m. and was taken to his room by 11:00 a.m.  He received HIGH marks from the doctor who reported that the prostate was successfully removed with very little bleeding or nerve involvement.  They really were delighted that he was in such excellent condition and believe that aided the surgery process and his chance for a speedy, efficient recovery.  Clearly, at this point, this is the best possible outcome.  The pathology report will take several days, but we are optimistic that the cancer is contained within the prostate.

Gerry was parched after the surgery and the minute he opened his eyes he was imploring the nurse to give him water.  She cautioned him to only sip slowly.  Not quite able to adhere to her admonition, he experienced a little nausea.  The rest of the day he slept, only waking briefly.  By late afternoon, he walked around the nurses station on two occasions and felt better each time.  The nursing staff is not quite sure what to make of his "Don't help me!  I want to do it myself." comments.  Other than being gaseous and feeling like he did too many setup, he says that he is not in pain. 

Thanks to all who have been so supportive.  It means so much to both of us.

We expect to leave the hospital by midday tomorrow......and then the fun begins!  Managing the catheter will no doubt be the biggest challenge.  That is expected be removed next Tuesday. 

Exhausted but happy to have the surgery completed, I now hope to get more than two hours of sleep tonight.  Stay well everyone!

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