Category: Treatment

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

Countdown to Surgery

Twenty-four hours from now (Thursday, May 21st. at 6:30 am), I’ll be registered at the Victoria General Hospital. By 7:30 I’ll be on the table with the surgical team getting organized to start an Esophagectomy at 8:10 am. The world as I know it will never be the same but I am hours away from ….  Read More

Treatment Update May 12th

I’ve been quiet for a while. Until today I didn’t have any news to share. As well, like many Bluenosers (a term for people who live in Nova Scotia), amid the chaos of a health system re-tooling for a pandemic, our safe little corner of the planet was shaken to the core with a mass ….  Read More

End of Treatment Week 9

I continue to heal and recharge with another week of rest behind me. Here’s a quick summary: Today my weight is 79 kg (174 lbs). I’ve been at that weight consistently for a couple of days. I can swallow almost everything with little difficulty. I still keep water handy when I eat just in case ….  Read More

End of Treatment Week 8

It is hard to believe that I’ve come to the end of eight weeks since my first day of chemotherapy and radiation. Unlike recent weeks, I improve daily. It wasn’t long ago getting my weight down to 76 kg (168 lbs) was a unattainable dream. Today that dream is a reality but more of a ….  Read More

End of Treatment Week 7

Thankfully at the end of week 7, I am feeling a whole lot better than I was at the start of the week. I was warned to be expect two difficult weeks after the conclusion of treatment but I was not ready to be so miserable. During these two challenging weeks, I have dropped 7 ….  Read More