Everything Will Be Alright

Last Wednesday my dad had his surgery to remove the tumor from his colon. Since we had found out in February that he had colon cancer, he’s had radiation and chemo treatments until the middle of April. He handled it all really well and wasn’t real sick, which was wonderful.

His surgery took six hours and overall went really well. The surgeon actually wasn’t pleased with how it had went at first, so he did it again… whatever it is. One of my dad’s blood vessels along the colon didn’t have very good blood flow, so because of that, they stretched his colon some. Depending on how he heals, my dad might have a permanent colostomy bag.

Which would be a bummer, but honestly, that’s so much better than the alternative.

I went right after school on Wednesday to see him and he wasn’t out of recovery yet when I got to the hospital. When he was released from recovery and placed in his own room, he was still really groggy and trying to wake up from the anesthesia. It was really hard at first because he was extremely pale and it was hard for him to talk.

But then he started acting like his normal goofy self. He had a button that he could push every so often to give himself morphine, so whenever the button would indicate he could press it again, he’d go, “Oh boy!” He kept saying just really bizarre things and my mom would tell him something and he would forget and ask again.

He was in the hospital for a total of four days. I went up every day with my mom or with one of my siblings to see him and each day he looked better. On Saturday, I told myself I would spend all day at the hospital to both see him and study for my finals. I ended up doing my dad’s Sudoku puzzles instead. :P

My dad’s home now; he was released on Sunday. He’s doing really well and we’re all glad that he’s home.

I’ve entered my last week as a high school senior and I am beyond stressed. While I should be enjoying my last time with some of my friends and teachers, I have a few finals I’m really worried about. And I have to work every day this week. x_x Ugh, stress.

6 thoughts on “Everything Will Be Alright”

  1. Hey hey. ^^ Long time no talk. :P

    I’m so sorry to hear about your dad, but I’m glad he’s doing better. At least he’s been keeping a good attitude about it. ^^

    Good luck with your finals, by the way! I’m sure you’ll do great on them. ^^

  2. I’m so glad your dad is out of the hospital. I hope everything goes well and that he gets out of having that stoma. Maybe now that the surgery is over you won’t be so stressed and feel better. But either way good luck on your finals. Stress can help sometimes.
    Ha, ha, the 11th was a good guess. My birthday is April 8th. Just to clarify when’s yours? I’ll put it on my calendar. :)

  3. I’m glad that, for the most part, the surgery went well. :)

    That’s great that he’s back home and feeling better too! :)

    Good luck with your finals though!

  4. I’m glad to hear that your dad is doing a lot better ;P Yeah, I can imagine how stressful it all can be. I remember my own senior year being stressful due to the problems at home and me moving out.

    I don’t miss my senior year at all.

  5. I’m so sorry for your dad D: But I’m glad that he’s going well.
    Also, good luck with your exams and your job! It’s also my senior year. Right now, we don’t have much exams but in June we’ll have so many! I need to find a summer job too -_- It’s so hard to find one… do you have any tips?

  6. It seems like you dad went through the surgery well…I hope he heals well so he doesn’t have to have the permanent colostomy bag :)

    He seems to be a strong willed person. I am glad he returned to his goofy self xD. Lol I don’t think I would’ve been able to study in that situation…also sudoku puzzles are awesome :3

    Being a senior is always stressful…I remember my senior year in college was terrible x_x. Don’t burn out yourself! Try to chill out and relax and enjoy your last time with your friends and teachers ^_^. Take care and good luck!

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