Saturday, March 14, 2009

Dad's Update

We are sorry that it has taken us so long to update on Dad's house. Mom has been busy and she is our main typist around here. Dad is doing really well. He had trouble getting an IV again and the last time he had a biopsy that had troubles with intubation after he was asleep so they had to intubate him while he was awake. This was the worst part of the whole ordeal. Being awake when they are trying to stick a tube down your throat is no fun and it has really made him sore. Your natural reaction to something going down your throat is to gag and to tense up so his muscles in that area are sore. The surgery didn't take that long and grandmacat was there with Mom so that helped pass the time. The doctor showed them pictures of Dad's throat. The growth grew back in the exact same place. They took it off again but the concern is that their is a base to this growth further down that they can't really get to without a possible compromise to his voice box. The big concern is the fact that it grew back so quickly. It was removed in November and here we are again 4 months later and it has grown back. We will find out at the end of March what kind of tissue it is. Either way there are drawbacks. If the tissue is pre-cancerous again it is a waiting game and most likely another biopsy in a few months unless it never comes back. If it comes back as cancerous cells than we would likely have it in early stages and use direct radiation on it. We just hope our Dad doesn't have to go through the intubation like that again so it is a waiting game. Again, we encourage all you pets that have humans who smoke to help them to quit. Our Dad has never smoked but his Mom and Dad did when he was younger so he grew up around 2nd hand smoke. This is likely the cause of his problems. We encourage you also that if you notice your humans having a hoarse voice or prolonged sore throat or ears to ask their doctor about seeing an Ears, Nose and Throat doctor. Dad's general practitioner kind of put aside the issues until he requested a referral and without it we wouldn't have known about all these problems. Enough of the doom and gloom. Tomorrow we will be back to tell you about our Grandmacat being here and how it doesn't please us and maybe some cute pictures of us messing with baby stuff. Thanks for all the purrs, keep them coming. Our Dad really loves to hear them.


Anonymous said...

We're sorry your Dad had such a hard time with that tube thing:( Our Mama had her stomach pumped when she was three years old, and that tube thing was so horrible, she still remembers it clearly! We're still purring for all of you and we'll keep our paws crossed that the results will be negative for any cancer.

Samantha and Mr. Tigger said...

Purrrrrs for your Dad's recovery and that the growth is not cancerous! We will keep him in our purrayers!!
Your FL furiends,
and Maverick

The Creek Cats said...

We are sending our bestest purrs to your dad and your whole family. We know waiting is the worst, so we hope it goes by quickly for you guys. Sending healing vibes to your daddy too!

The Island Cats said...

We hope your dad is okay...we are purring for him!