Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I'm Alive!

Did you ever have the feeling, "This is it!"?

On my drive home yesterday from work I was sure that today would be the day that the Lord had decided to call me home. To Nancy's general annoyance last night, I copied a will, a health directive & a power of attorney off the Internet (ilrg.com/forms) and got my neighbors together for a late night signing ceremony. But all for naught as I awoke from my surgery today quite alive and ready to put in 40 more years. (Actually when I woke up this morning I was actually pretty sure I'd be just fine.)

Except for the fact that I was having surgery, the whole experience could not have been more pleasant. In our private pre-op waiting room every member of the surgical team visited me and Nancy to answer any questions we might have and were all quite friendly and cheery. (See slide show below). Dr. Brumund did suggest we switch from sedation to general anesthesia as he was going in deeper than he initially thought he might have to - but even that was no problem as I woke up from the surgery feeling like I had a nice relaxing nap.

It turns out the "relaxing" was all the good pain killers. Eight hours later the goofy juice is wearing off & I'm pretty sore. We'll see how tomorrow turns out. Thanks to everyone for all the prayers. The prayers worked - I'm alive!

The surgeon, Dr. Brumund said they did a quick look at the lymph node under the microscope during the procedure to make sure they were collecting test-worthy biopsy material and he said the quick look was consistent with lymphoma of some sort. Next week we'll find out what flavor I have.


William said...

It is great that you are alive and well today and tomorrow, and the next day, etc.

We are all thinking about you!

Uncle Bill

Uncle Bruce said...

Dan, Glad to see you are holding up well. Just remember, nothing can happen to you that is out of God's hands. Here is a Bible passage you might find encouraging;
Isa 43:1 But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!
Isa 43:2 "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.
Isa 43:3 "For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I have given Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in your place.
Isa 43:4 "Since you are precious in My sight, Since you are honored and I love you, I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life.
Isa 43:5 "Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, And gather you from the west.
Isa 43:6 "I will say to the north, 'Give them up!' And to the south, 'Do not hold them back.' Bring My sons from afar And My daughters from the ends of the earth,
Isa 43:7 Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made."

The Lord bless you and keep you.
Uncle Bruce

Baby Henry's Mom said...

On Jackson Browne's current accoustic tour he is sporting a short beard; Maybe he is your doctor.

I'll bet you didn't know that I am a Jackson Browne freak, and I like the way that you used a song title as your entry title. Thinking about his catalog, there are so many good titles that are appropriate in this case.

Starting with the obvious . . . .
""Doctor my Eyes" are deceiving me or are you just a "Pretender?" "These Days" seem all "sky blue and black", but "before the deluge" I need you to know that I expect to be "alive in this world" for a very long time.""

Even though we are "miles away" we are "hold(ing)on and hold(ing) out" all our prayers and sending you "lights and virtues". Pay attention to the "colors of the sun" and "take it easy".

"Ready or not" "take this rain" and find "some bridges" to carry you through this. Remember that you are "somebody's baby" and she expects you to be around for a very long time, as do your own babies.

O.K., I could go on and on, but I don't want you to vomit. Just know that we are keeping you in our thoughts, prayers, and hearts, and if wishes were butterflies you and your house would be covered.

I admire your sense of humor in the face of adversity, you lympho, you!

You, Nancy, and the kids have already faced one tough fight with tenacity, knowledge, and love, and it seems like you have the tools to fight a good fight again.

I think blogging about this battle is very courageous, and I'm sure it will be cathartic.

Even though we are across the country from you, please let us know if there is anything we can do you for you, Nancy, your Mom, or the kids.

Carla, Bill and Henry