Wednesday, August 20, 2008

He's home!


" How could you tell them about my toenails!"
" Would you rather I told them all about your bowels then?"
"Yes, probably. I hate my feet."
~
In fact he's not looking quite as cheerful as in this picture, which Pascal took a while back. But he's better than he was, and calm and positive, and fortified with a barrage of extra medicaments, schedules for further blood tests, another appointment next week, and the final unappetising prospect of surgery in a few to take out the offending bits of his insides once the infection has cleared. The surgeon was presented to us yesterday and is about seven foot tall and wears alarmingly pointy shoes.
The gastro-enterology specialist, on the other hand, looks like he should have auditioned for the part of the angel in 'The Vintner's Luck'. How such a beautiful being should want to spend his time poking about the nastier parts of people's insides is a puzzle.
Fortunately the surgery can be done by laparoscopy - 'keyhole' surgery, so shouldn't be too invasively horrid. And he's been told to avoid green vegetable and too much fruit, so he's happy about that, not being one who's desperately eager to eat his five a day.
We are very fortunate overall to have such good treatment and such a good hospital. Everyone was marvellous, kind and patient, and it shines like a new pin.
So far so good, and thanks again to everyone here. This place, you people, matter, really, a lot.

19 comments:

Plutarch said...

Glad to be first to welcome the good news. Fruit and veg are a bit of a duty after a while, so doctors orders may be a relief. Hope ll continues to go well.

Barrett Bonden said...

I assume the yellow cast to the pic is photographic and not hepatic.

My experience is that French doctors appreciate it if you speak French however extreme the procedure. When I dislocated my shoulder ski-ing in French Switzerland I am proud of the fact that throughout the l½-hr reduction procedure (no anaesthetic) I continually screached impossible with the correct nasal intonation on the first syllable. Alas, what vestigial humanitarianism there'd been disappeared entirely with the presentation of the bill. Welcome back Tom.

marja-leena said...

Good news that he's home, and that the medical system is very good! Great photo - a face of character and a sense of humour with that twinkle in the eye! May the surgery go well!

Catalyst said...

Great news and a great picture of a great face!

julie said...

That's great news, Lucy! I hope all continues to go well, and that once the surgeries are done he's good as new.

Robin Starfish said...

That's the best news, after this most unexpected detour. Home, so good.

Rosie said...

hurrah, a diagnosis...and welcome home

Jan said...

He looks a lovely guy!
Good News!

Zhoen said...

Huzzah.

herhimnbryn said...

Good news, handsome!

rr said...

Oh dear, what travails. So glad there's a name and an action. I hope all goes well. Thinking of you both
xx

leslee said...

Oh yay! And great photo!

I worked on a med writing project all last year that had to do with the bowels (and currently on a new project dealing with the same), and I have to say it's been surprisingly fascinating. Anyway, glad Tom's getting great care.

Granny J said...

Sounds like Tom's on the road to recovery. Hope it's as smooth as can be! Great portrait, BTW. I'm glad to meet him.

Jean said...

So glad Tom is feeling rather better, and that if he does need surgery it can be the keyhole kind. And glad he has a sense of humour about being discussed on the internet!

Zephyr said...

A wonderful photo...and such good news. i will visualize more good news floating in over the coming weeks.

Lucy said...

Thank you again.

Plutarch - f&v are no chore for me to eat, but he's rather enjoying only eating white starch and protein, it's like being recommended to indulge a bad habit!

BB - it's sepia, dear, it's arty. There's a move afoot not to pay for skiing accidents at all, but to require people to take out special insurance, the reasoning being if you're silly enough to hurl yourslef down a slippery mountainside with two boards strapped to your feet you deserve to pay the price. We should get 80% of the cost covered, but the rest we'll have to find. On the other hand, it's bloody good healthcare, and we've saved on 10 years of complementary insurance. Surprisingly one of the doctors at the hospital said she didn't pay top-up either, and didn't consider it worthwhile.

ML and Cat - he has his moments, and only looks slightly demented there. I decided I like his face better than my own, at least in photos.

Julie - thanks dear, and for coming over at this time, bless you. He sends love and good wishes to Lyra too.

Robin, Rosie - home is indeed good!

Jan - as I say, he has his moments!

Z - hip hip!

HHB - you're spoiling him now...

Leslee - well we've all got them, but I suppose we don't think too much about them until they go wrong. The English are supposed to be over pre-occupied with bowels, the French with the liver, and it's true they do mention it quite a lot...

GJ - it's already a lot smoother, thanks.

Jean - yes that's good, I think, it should make recovery much better. I'm beginning to think perhaps he enjoys being talked about a little too much!

Zephyr - thank you too, I hope it will be fairly straightforward from here.

RR - thanks for coming over, and for the thoughts.

Tall Girl said...

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Dick said...

'So far so good' is a good phrase to read. Continuing good vibes crossing La Manche.

Great picture!

meggie said...

I had missed knowing Tom was so unwell. I am now sending my thoughts & positive vibes your way to help with his recovery.
What an ordeal for all of you.