Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve

I told Mike a while ago that I honestly did not need or want anything for Christmas this year.  I have said that in the past, but probably didn't really mean it.  This year is different.  The fact that Mike is healthy and cancer free is enough for me this year.  My family is together.  My kids know their dad feels good and the cancer is gone.

Of course, Mike being Mike, he still bought gifts.  Thinking about it now, I actually feel relieved.  (Not because I'm getting presents, although I won't complain!)  This means that cancer is not front and center in our lives.  Like every other Christmas we will go to church tonight and sing "Silent Night" by candlelight, try to convince the kids to go to bed at a somewhat reasonable time, and wake up way too early tomorrow morning because we are too excited to sleep.  That's what I really wanted for Christmas. 

The routine and the normalcy with the people I love the most. 

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Merry Christmas to Us!

On Thursday, Mike had his first colonoscopy post surgery.  What a different experience from the first time he had this procedure!

About 30 minutes after being taken in for the procedure, he was brought back to the recovery room where I was waiting.  Nurses made eye contact with me, told me he did just fine, said he could have something to eat after he woke up and didn't close the curtains and shut the door when they left.  That was all it took to tell me that the doc didn't find anything.  Once Dr Dachman came in to talk to us he affirmed that the scope was clear.  He did take some tissue from the reattachment site to be biopsied, but that is just a standard procedure and he doesn't anticipate anything but a negative result for that.  He also said Mike doesn't need another colonoscopy until next December.

Later in the day the genetic counselor called and told us not to hold our breath for results from Mayo.  Things are moving slow and with Christmas coming it will be after the first of the year before we know anything more than we do now.  Not sure what it means that things are moving slow, but at this point I don't really care. 

All that really matters right now is that Mike is still cancer free.