Although we are still at the hospital, Mike has been given the go ahead to be released today! One day earlier than the original estimate. It will be nice to leave this part of the journey behind us, although in some ways it will be more difficult at home.
The kids will be so happy to have Mike home - the dogs will be a pain in the neck. Kona has been missing me and both she & Payton will be excited and none too happy to banished to the backyard or basement when we first get home.
Furniture will be rearranged a bit so Mike can be as comfortable as possible & I imagine the kids will need to be kept busy this afternoon.
We know that our lawn was mowed yesterday by David & Louis (thank you!) and Maureen provided dinner last night (thank you!) and dinner will again be provided tonight, and the night after that, and the night after that, etc. One of the first things I need to do when I get home is make room in our freezer as we are about to be, once again, overwhelmed (in a good way) by the generosity of others.
Yesterday Cal told me he wants to be able to crawl in bed with us and cuddle again. Me too.
Dr Dachman gave Mike the go-ahead to resume regular activity. Really no major restrictions. It's crazy, the guy had two feet of colon removed and he has no restrictions as far as diet is concerned. As long as Mike chews everything really well, there should be no problems. I guess Doc assumes that Mike has at least some common sense when it comes to deciding what to eat or not.
Driving is fine once Mike is confident he can slam on the breaks if necessary. No lifting more than 25-30 pounds for now and all other physical activity can be done "at Mike's discretion". Basically, listen to your body. The human body is absolutely amazing in its ability to repair itself.
Staples (we counted at least 19) will come out on Tuesday and we should have the oncology report then as well. That's the last bit of information we need before moving forward with making a plan for chemo.