Friday, April 15, 2016

Good News and… Well, Of Course it Can’t All be Good

Wednesday Hubby had his follow-up appointment with his surgeon. We got the BEST news. His lymph nodes came back negative! Hubby won’t need chemotherapy! Yay!!!

Of course, that was followed up with some not so good news (ain’t that always the case?). The margins of the surgery fell below what the surgeon wanted. Instead of 5mm all around, one part came back at only 2mm. He knows exactly where the spot is and wants to go back in. If Hubby doesn’t want more surgery, then he’d have to have radiation on that spot. Surgery may very well mean no radiation at all. So, Hubby took that chance and said, “Go for it.”

Surgery is set for Monday, April 18. Should be an outpatient kind, so he won’t need to spend the night. And the doctor doesn’t think it will set Hubby back very far in his healing (probably because Hubby is still using the feeding tube for most of his nutrition).

It’s a pain, but hopefully the last of it. It’s nice to know, though, that chemotherapy is out. Now we want radiation out, too. I’m thinking it will be (after the surgery). Gotta keep those positive thoughts!!

Yesterday was a quiet day for a change. Not that I wanted it THAT quiet. I went to turn on Big Red and it wouldn’t boot up. At all. I e-mailed Dell. Again. Told them I wanted it replaced. Again. While I waited for their call, I read because I didn’t feel like pulling out Tasha Yar. Again. But then I finished the book and wanted to record the read (and maybe do some more revisions to Ghostly Interlude), so out came Tasha Yar. Again.

Dell called while I was updating my reading page. Had us remove the hard drive and then put it back in. Big Red still indicated that no hard drive was installed. I was so ready to let them have it if they told me it needed a new hard drive. Instead…

Dell’s going to replace the mother board. Gee… I think we asked them to do that awhile ago. Hubby said it’s the next step and we have to be patient (which was funny coming from the most impatient person I know). I just wish it didn’t take Dell a mile of steps to figure it out!

So now I’m back on Tasha Yar for a week or so. Again. I’m so glad I backed up Big Red on the 12th. I wasn’t home very much during the day on the 13th and there was this hockey game on at night and I barely used the computer, so I didn’t lose any data. Whew! Dodged a bullet there, huh?

I’ll say one good thing about Big Red and Dell: They’re giving me something to BLOG about! J

So… Going to any concerts this year? Hubby and I have tickets to see: The Monkees (only Mickey and Peter), Abba Concert (not featuring the actual group Abba), The Go-Gos, and The Dixie Chicks. We’ve been lucky if we go to one concert in a year. This year lots of interesting ones have been popping up. It might have something to do with the new music center in town (although we’re seeing The Dixie Chicks near Indianapolis).

Have a great weekend!



JeffO said...

No chemo, No Rad=Way good. Surgery stinks, but I think it's better in this case than bombarding his body with chemicals and atoms. I hope his spirits are up!

Have you found out if the particular model of laptop you got from Dell is wonky, or did you just win(?) the lemon sweepstakes with Big Red? I think they just need to replace the thing.

We're hopefully going to see Lake Street Dive and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings near here next month. Other than that, the only concerts we've been to in the last few years are high school choir concerts!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jeff - There are just as many people who love my laptop as those who don't. The laptop itself got good reviews from magazines, but then I wonder how long those reviewers actually used the machine. Mine was working fine for a month or so before the issues started. If replacing the mother board will fix Big Red, I'm all for that. I just want a laptop that WORKS! As for concerts... There was a time the only concerts we attended were high school and college, since both kids were going for music degrees.

The Happy Whisk said...

Sounds like great news for your hubby, here's hoping the rest goes as smoothly.

Jennette Marie Powell said...

So glad to hear the good news! Bummer that he needs another surgery but hopefully that will be it.

I can't believe Dell is still dinking around with that laptop. Ugh! But hopefully swapping out the MB will fix the issue.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Thanks, Ivy. I'd love for things to go smoothly for a change!

Jennette - I'm hoping replacing the mother board is the fix it needs, too!

Maria Zannini said...

I'm sorry your hubby has to go through surgery again, but I agree with him. Better to go under the knife than endure chemo or radiation.

re: laptop
I hope Dell fixes this once and for all.

The Happy Whisk said...

Here's is hoping that they do :-)

Stacy McKitrick said...

Maria - I'd LOVE the Dell adventure to be OVER!

Ivy - Thanks!