Hi everyone :)
I'm a 54 year old male, who until recently hadn't darkened the inside of a hospital since I was about eight (not counting the birth of my two children).
I got that cold that was going round at the start of the year. Big deal. But one evening I nearly collapsed ; twice which definitely isn't me. So the missus and I went to A+E. Blood count way down for some reason. So I spent a couple of days having blood replenished and went home to await further testing, as they couldn't find out why.
First check (top half) was clear ; Second check (bottom half) wasn't. Colon Cancer, as you might have guessed Fortunately the CT scan showed no spread (don't know about lymph nodes, yet).
So a few weeks later the sawbones chops me up ; well that's a bit hard, my surgeon actually did an awesome job. I had keyhole surgery (extended a bit over the belly button) on the Monday, and was nearly released on the Thursday. but held over to Friday. It's now the following Wednesday.
And I feel great.
It's actually rather scary, I think i should be much more ill than this. Everything seems to be healing pretty well, I don't seem to get tired, it's a little bit sore but not very much so, I've been out a few times with the missus, nowhere far away, but definitely not stuck in my bed.
And we shall see what happens next
One piece of advice. Well, two related. I was persuaded to take part in a 'get fit for your operation' study that they are doing. I reckon this helps both in getting fit(ter) and psychologically (feel like you are contributing rather than waiting for the scalpel). The other thing was being told by my surgeon to keep active and mobile post operation (I think the Nurses thought I was mad the amount of time I spent exercising walking round the unit area ....).