Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tim's To Don't List....

So yesterday Tim went and had his Esophagogastroduodenoscopy. It seem a little weird returning to the same place where, 15 months ago they relieved him of 25 lymph nodes, closed him up with what looked like a gazillion stitches and sent him on his way. But this time it was much easier, and faster.

Whatever they used to make him feel no pain today was way better than what he had for his colonoscopy! He was loopy for a while with that but on Monday he was only semi-loopy and for a shorter time. With full out anesthesia Tim hits his comedic high. Monday when I saw him after his procedure he looked at me with that fuzzy, "where am I" look and said, "Did I say anything funny?" I smiled and said, "No, not yet." :)

On the way to the surgery center that morning Tim commented on how my windshield in the van was "almost as dirty" as the one in his truck. He thought for a minute and said, "Maybe we can clean the windshields today." Then he commented on the fact that there were tall weeds behind the shrubs in the front of the house and maybe he could trim those in the afternoon......

Okay....I was pretty sure that at that point he hadn't had anesthesia YET but he was sounding loopy to me!!! By the time he got done listing the things he thought he could get done after his stint at the surgery center this is what he had...

  • Clean the van and truck windshields
  • Trim the tall weeds growing up behind the shrubs
  • Empty the back of his truck of the sand bags he uses for traction... (after all it is now spring)
  • Get the flat tire on the wheelbarrow fixed to be able to move all the sandbags
  • Look at the ignition switch on the van -- it has a problem
  • Bring old church computers from Lexington to Nicholasville so the hard disks can be wiped slick and then be picked up and disposed of

Then he adds, "And that reminds me....I need to do home teaching!" BWHAHAHHAHA!

Can I just say that he did NOTHING from the above list but instead took a well deserved nap after the surgery center...as it should be! But, he had good intentions!

So Tim's swallowing will hopefully be better now (it's hard to tell right now because he has a bit of a sore throat). The doctor did say that they may have to do it again in another 4-6 weeks so we will wait and see about that.

While looking around his esophagus and his stomach they did take 2 biopsies -- one from each place. My panicked look must have tipped the nurse off when she told me about the biopsies. She immediately said it was nothing to worry about but I can tell you that our last experience with a biopsy resulted in a diagnosis of cancer so yes, hearing that threw me into a tailspin for a few minutes. My mind was racing, a voice in my head kept saying, "Not again! Not again!" but when the nurse left the room, I took some deep breaths and closed my eyes in prayer, I felt more calm.

We will wait for the biopsy results and try to understand why they felt it was necessary to do that. Until then I breathe deep, say a prayer and laugh at Tim's to don't list. :)


Patty said...

Tim is such a funny guy! And I dont' think he tries, it is just natural, which makes it all that much funnier! Keeping you guys in our prayers that the biopsy outcome is the best possible outcome. Maybe this is routine???

Cheeseboy said...

Now THAT is one dedicated Home Teacher!

ionamin-W8FW8 said...

I had to chuckle about Tim's "under the influence" list. It reminded me of once when Steve was similarly doped up and we stopped at Walmart. In the candy aisle he keeled over smack into the shelves of candy. Which was funny in itself. But then he regained his balance and said to a laughing observer, "I'm NOT drunk! I just came from the hospital!" With husband in tow, I laughed all the way to the car.
Praying for good results on the biopsies, which I would guess are just routine.
Diane J.

Don and Robin Cooper said...

Hoping for good results too!

Montereymom said...

HI Kids, you know I am saying a silent prayer often for the best outcome to the biopsies possible. I love the humor your man has, and more so since I married a man with humor, it was rather foreign to me for some years, its a wonderful attribute..HUMOR> Know I love you both.