Monthly Archives: August 2013

No cancer

Two weeks ago I had a radical orchiectomy because of suspected testicular cancer. Three ultrasounds and three exams over several months told us it was the best course of action. The sample had to be sent to pathology, but they had to send it to Stanford. At that point we figured it either wasn’t cancer or it was a rare form. I was hoping for rare form so I could hit the talk show circuit and get a free trip to New York. Today my doctor called to give me the crushing news that I wouldn’t be traveling to New York. He didn’t think it was that funny when I asked when he was going to put it back.

Now I just have to be patient and heal from the incision. Yesterday was the first day I felt good since the surgery. Today was better, so I’m encouraged by that. I can take the stairs at work, and soon I should be able to walk without leaning to one side.

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Recovery

I had a radical orchiectomy on Wednesday.  If you want to throw up go look it up on Google images.  We got to the surgical center at 5:30 am, and the surgery started at 7 am.  I came out of the anesthesia better than my last surgery.  Blueberry yogurt for breakfast.  I had to urinate before they would let me go home, and my blood pressure spiked after that, so I had to wait for about 30 more minutes to go home.  I was really cold when I woke up, so they gave me several blankets and a heater device that looked like an air mattress.
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Rolling around Smith’s waiting for the prescription.  photo (12)

I took my bandage off this morning and took my first shower.  That felt great.  My incision is 3 inches long.  The pain on surgery day was more like pressure.  Since then it is more of a cutting or burning pain.  I have been out walking a bit, and yesterday a neighbor’s dog jumped on me and hit my incision.  That was wonderful.  Two more days of rest before I head back to work.photo (11)

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Uni-ball pen

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Farewell ride

Ryan, Kevin and I rode the Ridge 157 trail in American Fork Canyon tonight. We parked on the road to Cascade Springs, then rode up to the summit and took Ridge 157. This is me with Timp in the background.

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This is a better view of the backside of Timp.
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This is Ryan and Kev when we took a break at the lookout.
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We had a great ride tonight. I haven’t ridden in AF Canyon for 2-3 years, so it was great to get back there. A great ride before I’m put out of commission for 4-6 weeks.

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