Four weeks post-surgery and Mike is doing exceptionally well! He has been going to work a few hours each day since Tuesday. For a guy who works outdoors for a living, being cooped up in the house "recovering" was really getting to him. He probably does more than he should, but if he didn't that just wouldn't be Mike. Yesterday he even attempted to go hunting. Having weather in the mid-40's was enough incentive for him to go out in search of venison. Just being outside for a few hours walking around in nature wore him out, but as sore or tired as he may have been I'm sure he had no regrets.
Life without a colon has been less eventful than we anticipated. We have our "spare bathroom" in the basement, but the kids have only needed to use it twice. Mike is cautious about what he eats and has gradually been adding in vegetables and more fiber. Maybe more information than anyone would want to know, but essentially if he eats a salad it comes out looking like a salad! Because of that, he is going to talk to a dietician. It seems reasonable to think that he is missing out on certain nutrients simply because his body doesn't have time to absorb them. I'm not sure what the long-term effects of living without a colon will be, but it can't possibly be as bad as getting cancer again.
For the time being Mike continues to heal, we juggle the everyday family things like school, homework, Scouts, ballet and what to have for dinner. Sometimes mundane is good.