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Old 11-08-2009, 08:31 AM   #1
Glenn and Lorraine
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I am home.....

Finally got back to the Monty this afternoon at about 1:30.

What started out as a 2 night stay ended up 6 nights.
Originally Tampa VA was supposed to go after the stone in the left kidney and not the cancer in the bladder but on their way in they did not like what they were seeing in the bladder and so they did do some further explorations of the bladder and found the cancer a bit larger than expected. They spent Monday taking a much further exploration and found the cancer to be worse than originally thought. What was supposed to be treating the cancer with medications will now be treated with chemo.
As they can't work on the bladder until they get rid of the stone and any possible infections related to it. Wednesday they did go back after the stone and broke it up but some of the pieces were still to big to pass any on Friday they took care of that problem.
The rest of Friday and all day Saturday filtering the urine. The only thing found was 8 tiny stones about the size of a grain of salt.
This now clears the way for the bladder cancer treatment which hopefully will start in a week or so.
All the surgeons, about 10 or so, feel now that the stone and infection are in the past the cancer should not be a major problem and that they will be able to get it all.
I will be calling my oncologist first thing Monday morning to get the ball rolling.

I would like to say that over the years I have heard many a disparaging remark about the Veterans Administration. Well over my 66 years of life I have been in many Civilian hospitals and at this point in time 4 VA Hospitals. In my opinion the VA has a much much better staff of employees. From the orderly to the RNs, the Drs and the Surgeons, in deed everyone are the greatest people. These folks are not in it for the money, they are in it to give us VETS the best possible care available and it doesn't much matter your standing in life. The VA staff could careless about your position in life and whether or not you can afford treatment. At the VA you get the best hospitalization whether you are filth rich or homeless.
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Old 11-08-2009, 08:52 AM   #2
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Glenn thats great to hear your back home and all of ours prayers have been with you, and yes i do belive in the VA as i have been going for years to them with great service and people working there.........you take care of your self and god bless to you and Lorraine.........Allen & Iris
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Old 11-08-2009, 08:57 AM   #3
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Sounds like good progress. Here's hoping and praying for continued progress towards your good health.

God Bless!
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Old 11-08-2009, 09:33 AM   #4
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Thanks for the update Glenn and our prayers and best wishes are with you during your continuing treatment.
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Old 11-08-2009, 09:48 AM   #5
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Thanks Glenn for the up-date.
Itís good to see you back on here.
Prayers will continue!
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Old 11-08-2009, 10:00 AM   #6
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Glad to hear you're back home.
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Old 11-08-2009, 10:18 AM   #7
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Today and Tomorrow are the first days of the rest of your life.
Prayers are still coming your way.
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Old 11-08-2009, 10:28 AM   #8
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Glenn,
Great to see you're home. Nothing like getting out of the hospital and coming home!

I've had several friends and relatives that used the VA hospitals and everyone of them echo your thoughts about their care. They are great. Glad you're getting the expert care you need. Get well soon.

Dennis and Mary Kay
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Old 11-08-2009, 10:43 AM   #9
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Glad to hear that your home and thing are moving along.
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Old 11-08-2009, 10:46 AM   #10
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Welcome home, Glenn. You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
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Old 11-08-2009, 11:34 AM   #11
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Glad to see you are home.It was good meeting you in Goshen.
We are praying for you. Hope to see you at another Rally in 2010
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Old 11-08-2009, 11:41 AM   #12
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Good to hear from you!! You know we are all pulling for ya!!

Keep following the dr's orders!

YOU GO DUDE!!
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Old 11-08-2009, 12:07 PM   #13
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Glenn, happy to hear you are home and that things are moving forward. Wishing you all the very best!!!!!
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Old 11-08-2009, 12:08 PM   #14
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Whew, relieved to hear you are home and ready to get the cancer kicked. It can be done, we know!
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Old 11-08-2009, 12:39 PM   #15
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Good to hear you're home and the stones are taken care of.
NOW, listen to your doctors and get the cancer taken care of and we'll be seeing you this winter! And at the rallys in 2010!
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Old 11-08-2009, 12:54 PM   #16
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Glenn, Glad to hear you are home! We'll keep you in our prayers!
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:35 PM   #17
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Glad to see you on the keyboard again. Best of luck with the next stage.
Our prayers are with you.
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Old 11-08-2009, 02:08 PM   #18
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Glad to see you are back to your home. I know it is a relief. BTW cancer has no chance against you, Glenn.
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Old 11-08-2009, 02:39 PM   #19
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It's good to know that you are getting onto the next phase of your treatment. Best wishes and prayers for a steady recovery are headed your way.
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We continue to pray for you...
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