New Address in August

Janet and I are waitlisted for an apartment on Gladstone but nothing has opened up since March so we decided to broaden our search. We investigated rentals in downtown Halifax and looked at a property on the south side of Citadel Hill. The price range of anything we like is $2,300+ monthly, which is doable ….  Read More

Update – After Two Weeks Home

Each day is a little better than the day before. My weight is stable at 79.4 kg (175 lbs). I’m happy with that as its a struggle finding things to eat that don’t give me nausea. My daily eating pattern going forward is five to six small meals. The portions on the children’s menu is ….  Read More

Update – Catchup

Correction: In my original post, I wrote I was released on Wednesday, June 10th. That was a mistake and evidence on how this experience was such a blur. Hello my friends. Finally I have enough energy to write so it’s time to share my progress. I’m still digesting my 21 days in the hospital and ….  Read More

A few hard days …

The good news is, as of today (Wednesday), Dad is back in a normal room and is feeling better than the last few days. The bad news is, the weekend threw more than a few hurdles our way. Friday’s barium swallow did show a leak at the joins where a section of his small intestine ….  Read More

It Is A Good Thursday, May 29th

I have good progress to share. All I’m getting from Ivy now is nutritional fluids and blood thinners. Based on the most recent blood work, they have the right mix in my blood thinner; the goal is dissolve the blood clots but if my blood gets too thin and I cut myself, I might bleed ….  Read More

A Better Day

Dad’s CT scan has confirmed he has blood clots in both lungs. Considering yesterday’s test results that’s what we expected. While this is not what we would hope for it isn’t unusual following major surgery. He’s been on blood thinners since yesterday and will continue to have to take those for a number of months ….  Read More

24 Hours and I’m a New Dude

Yesterday sucked. There is no other way to say it but 24 hours later I feel terrific. The diagnosis is that blood clots, likely from my legs, moved. into my right lungs. I was put on blood thinners right away which is the normal treatment for blood clots. I just went to have a CT ….  Read More

No Bed of Roses Today

When I wrote this morning’s blog, I felt great. I had a little hiccup yesterday. Even though my surgeon has small hands, when anyone digs around your chest, there’s a good chance of collapsing a lung. After rolling that dice, the air trapped inside the right side of my chest along with natural fluids caused ….  Read More

Opps … Diagnosis Hiccup

With all the remarkable tools in the medical war-chest, until the surgeons get inside it’s still a best guess. My tumour started around the upper valve in stomach and grew up and down on the outside of my stomach and esophagus. More gory details to come when I get more information but the surgery went ….  Read More

Surgery Update

Hi folks, Meredith here posting on behalf of Dad (Phil). Just wanted to let you know that he’s out of surgery. They were a bit delayed getting started which is why we only heard from the doctor around 8:30 pm Atlantic. I’ll post more details in the days ahead but wanted to post a short ….  Read More