Saturday, November 16, 2013

Post-Op Doctor Visit and Not Good News

DeBary, FL.

65 deg. scattered clouds, NE wind @ 2 mph.
Forecast = Mostly cloudy, high temp. 84 deg. E. wind @ 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain, 40%.

About 8:30 yesterday morning, Laura swung by and picked up Linda and Jim. This trip was to take Linda over to the Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach so that she could have a Post-Op exam and a Post-Op consultation with Dr. Molpus, the surgeon who preformed Linda's surgery.

The exam went well and the doctor was pleased with Linda's progress and the healing of the surgery incisions.

Then, came the consultation!!!

Dr. Molpus explained that the tumor had grown almost through the uterus wall and that the biopsies had for the most part come back negative. But, (And there's always a "but" isn't there?), he did remove some suspect tissue from the surrounding areas that came back positive. :-( 

So, even though the final decision is Linda's, he highly recommends the she has both Chemo and Radiation therapy. :-((  This hit Linda pretty hard as she was hoping that they would only have to do the Radiation therapy.

Now, what does this all mean?  Well the details will be worked out when she meets with the Chemo and Radiation people, but Dr. Molpus told her that the whole procedure would take close to 9 months with rotations between the Chemo and Radiation!!! :-O  That would mean that if they wait another 4 weeks for Linda to completely heal up from the hysterectomy surgery, (which the doctor says is necessary), they would start the Chemo and Radiation sometime in December or January.

That would mean that it would be sometime during September or October before we could travel again. :-(  It is possible that there will be short times between secessions, and if Linda is up to it, we might be able to go RVing for short times, but that's a very big "if"!!!

As many of you know, these treatments can be very disabling, so only time will tell if we'll be able to travel at all, or not. Jim says, "We'll do what we have to do", but right now, Linda is pretty upset about the whole thing, and I can't say I blame her. It's a big disappointment and will be a lot for her to deal with during the next 9 or 10 months.

Did you know that the first Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages were three inches wide and eighteen inches long?  You made your own bandage by cutting off as much as you needed.



  1. So sorry things didn't turn out as positive as hoped. I will keep you both in my thoughts in the coming months.

  2. We're sorry to hear about Linda's diagnosis. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both as you make this decision. I know you have family in NC too so maybe that's on your nearby travel radar. Chin up.
    Syl and Gin

  3. So sorry to hear this disappointing news. We'll continue to hold you both in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. That's disappointing, but I guess you have to do what they say... Having gone thru this cancer thing myself I understand how disheartening it can really be.... My prayers are with you for a complete recovery... Rod