August 01, 2012

There's no place like home!

After ten days in the hospital ,I was released and returned home late Monday afternoon.

I have to admit, I was a bit apprehensive to leave this time. Yes, there is nothing better than being home, but after everything I was treated for, I felt secure that I was being taken care of and if something else were to go wrong, I was confident that my medical team was there to take care of me. There were so many medical issues, that it became overwhelming for me mentally as well as physically. The staff on the Oncology floor at KU Med Center is top notch!

After two days, we are settling in to a bit of a routine, but I have a long road to recovery. What became obvious real fast was how quickly a week in the hospital can drain one of strength. I had a visit from a physical therapist yesterday and have already begun to slowly work on some light exercises. Mary and I were reassurred after she tested my strength and balance. She indicated that I was stronger than she expected me to be. I hope to work towards my morning walks with Mary up to the end of our street, and hopefully further.

The rest of this week, as well as the next, we will focus on recovery. After that we will meet with my oncologist on the 13th to determine what treatment plan I begin and when I begin. Also, we will be preparing for my scheduled procedure to have my stents replaced on August 14th. Yes, three months have already passed.

The road ahead is sure to a rough one, but I have Mary at my side, and God leading the way. It won't be easy, but neither have many, many parts of this journey battling prostate cancer. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to my brother and sister in law for their vigilant support  for all of us during a very difficult week. Also, I'd like to thank you all for the encouragement and support that you have shared with us over this last week, as well as over the past 7+ years. The battle is not over!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

David , I am amazed at your perseverance and mental strength. I feel bad for all you have been through. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family.
sincerely,
Dan Jory

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you are back home. Hope you feel better soon. You are truly an inspiration. Stay strong!!!

Anonymous said...

Happily I say, welcome back! So good to know you are better and ready to work on regaining your strength and moving forward.
Bless you Emerson Family,
Don & Susan

Anonymous said...

So glad you are home and doing better. I feel confident you will make it through this....just keep on fighting. You are truly an inspiration!!

Tammy

Free from authority said...

David, glad that you are home. I have been following your blog since 2010. My father who lives in India has same condition. He is receiving weekly Chemo. So far completed 10 cycles and PSA dropped significantly. We are little careful though. Because the previous two rounds in 2010 and 11 worked (stable PSA) only for few weeks.

Anonymous said...

Hi David,
good to see you are back home and ready to resume battle.

Your strength and resilience continue to astound me and make me feel ashamed of how I sometimes react to my own, in comparison, petty setbacks.

The Lord Jesus shows us the way and you are truelly His acolyte.

Love and prayers from across the pond.

Melvyn

Anonymous said...

Hi, David. Glad you're home and doing better. Saw the live newscast a couple of weeks ago on the Warrior Combine and have thought of you often. Glad that Mr. Holt was there to support you. Keep up the fight, my friend.
Bob in Belton

Ethio-American Family Services said...

Fight on.

Anonymous said...

David and Mary: You are both in my prayers and thoughts today.

Anonymous said...

I am praying for you David and your family.

Tom Blair said...

Dear David, anytime I get down on myself, I look at what you've been fighting and how you don't give in to it. I love what your doing. God Bless You

Plato said...

Home is where always the heart is, I am from newyork but I feel more when I visited vegas... Planning to move to vegas someday. I love your blog, its the life account of a person's great journer... love, strength, faith. I salute you!