about ME. So...here goes ~
I fired my ENT - who didn't exactly instill me with much confidence - and I went to Mayo Clinic Phoenix on July 3, to meet with the head of the ENT cancer department. This guy is THE SHIT. He had me get another CT scan, an MRI, a PET scan (which showed that the cancer was only in my throat & foot, which is good news that it's not spreading) and he accomplished all this within a 5 day period. When this guy says "Jump" the Mayo labs & testing departments say "How high?"
Tomorrow morning I get a second biopsy on the tumors in my throat, and barring any surprises, I go in for surgery at Mayo Hospital on July 29. The surgery is complicated and will involve a large team. It will take 6-7 hours if everything goes well. I will have to have a traecheotomoy (had one before so no big deal) and probably a feeding tube, but they are both temporary, which is really good news. I had imagined having some kind of horrible permanent disability ( ) but that doesn't appear to be the case. I may have to stay in the hospital for 2 weeks, but hopefully it won't be that long. Recovery time will be between one and three months, and I will probably have radiation and chemo after the surgery for around 5-7 weeks. Then I go for re-hab to re-learn how to talk and swallow. He said it's going to be a long, difficult haul, but in the end I should come out of it just fine, with the exception that my voice may sound different and I may have a lot of scarring. (Who cares?)
On first thought, this seems pretty unpleasant, but it's not as bad a I had envisioned, so I actually feel very relieved. It's like a load of bricks off my brain to finally have a competent doctor, and a medical facility that doesn't screw around. My sister's flying out on July 28, so I'll have someone to take care of my cats (and wait on me) while I'm laid up.
So...that's where we are. Everybody please cross their fingers for me, OK?