Andy has been home for a week now after almost a month long hospital stay...
Honestly, it has been rough as Andy, our WARRIOR, remains in a lot of debilitating pain. Currently, his pain is mostly from the ostomy site. He unfortunately has an infection on the side of his stoma (ostomy site) which we were previously hoping would heal with antibiotics...however, it did not completely heal due to the effects of chemo on the healing process. Because the infection is not clearing, Andy needs to undergo a revision surgery today. The goal of the surgery is to bring the stoma closer to the skin and remove the area that is infected.
Things look a little different at home as he has a urinary catheter, ostomy and has difficulty with mobility due to deconditioning and overall pain.
Some positives are that we think radiation has helped shrink his primary tumor as Andy's back pain is minimal compared to when he was admitted back in January. He remains on high doses of opioids (pain medicine) as it is just what he needs to maintain comfort right now.
Andy's chemo has been on hold for 2 weeks now because of the infection. Radiation continues Monday through Friday. He is on cycle 17/28. The hope is that the surgery today goes smoothly and he can restart chemo in another week.
In between Andy's immense fatigue and daily battle, he remains the WARRIOR he truly is...❤
Meggan prevails by Andy's side night and day, knowing in her heart of hearts that she needs to continue on her UNPAID leave from work to be with Andy and baby Andrew. Until things calm down and Andy is more functional and comfortable, they both will remain without their professional income...
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