I saw the ENT in Pittsburgh this morning. The CtScan shows my jaw is broken and is creating worry in my Dr. He wanted to admit me today but I told or rather asked him if it could wait until Monday. He said what he was telling me was hid Medical Opinion. I go Moday Morning to meet with a plastic surgeon and right after be admitted to the Hospital. They will begin anti-biotice as soon as I am admitted to fatten me up a little. The feeding tube will be inserted thru my nose. With this nose, he could inser a 4 inch water drain. LOL Then they will after a week or so besin the surgeries I need. They also have to figure out which bone is good enough to make a new jaw. The lowering of my stomache will take sometime around then so they can put the other feeding tube in. It might end up above my stomache. He said a minumm of 3 1/2 weeks but probably more like 2 or 3 months but could be longer still. I have been told a few times that God must be saving me for something special. Maybe it's to see how much an individual can tolerate. If that is the reason, then I am all for it. Have a great day all and keep smiling.
Since posting this. UPMC, Pittsburgh, Oct 2011 until Jan. I averaged about 2 to 3 surgeries a week there. w Can't have jaw made as bone is deteroriating steaily that is left in jaw. Mersa is to blame. Feeding tube . Had trach for 4mos. Got it out April. --- Passed away 5/14/14, will be greatly missed by everyone here
That's quite a long time in the hospital. I'm so glad you are getting this taken care of. I hope you feel 100 times better very soon. I'm sure your strong, positive attitude will help you heal faster than the doctor expects.
Last edited by msmac; 09-09-201112:21 PM.
Tracy - 33 at diagnosis SCC right ventral tongue Dx 4/11. T1N2M0 1st resection 5/11. Bilateral neck dissection: 2 pos nodes 2nd resection w/graft 6/11. Erbitux x 11 completed 9/11. IMRT x 30 completed 8/11. 3 month MRI and PET/CT all clear. 6, 9, 12 and 24 month post treatment MRIs all clear.
You'll kick the crap out of the whole situation and be out in record time.... sorry you have to go for more surgery!!! But if it's one stop shopping maybe you'll come out in better shape! Hugs!!! Give em hell!
Hi Jim: Wishing you much success with this additional surgery. You are one of the strongest people I have met on this site so I am sure you will kick the heck out of it.
DX 12/6/10 of T3 SCC Tongue. Surgery 1/3/11 was hemigloss & forearm free flap, midline mandibulectomy, Neck Disection-All nodes clear. Ended rads 5/11/11. Taste buds back to about 80%. PEG removed 4/5/12, experimenting eating real food again. If I can do this, so can you !! Stay Strong.
Oh, my Jim. My heart sunk when I saw the words "jaw is broken". You have been through more than anyone should be made to handle. And, you are tougher than anyone I know. Please know that you have an extended family, all of us here, who love you and care about you and will see you through your surgery and recovery. Please try to get lots of nutrition and put some weight on.
This whole thing must be weighing on your mind something awful. Please try to distract yourself with things you like to do. Remember to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Soon, you'll be looking back on all this stuff as just a bad memory.
Blowing a kiss and sending a hug from your California sunshine!
Ex-spouse MISDIAGNOSED with SCC-HN IVa 12/10. Tonsils out 1/11. 4 teeth out 2/11. TX Erbitux x2, IMRT x2 2/11. 2nd opinion-benign BCC-NOT CANCER 3/11. TX stopped 3/11. New doctors 4/11. ENT agrees with 2nd opinion 5/11. ENT scoped him-all clear 7/11. Ordered MRI anyway. MRI 8/22/11 Result-all clear.
Well, I guess I am going to stop complaining about the mild pain I am in. Jim, you have been through so much. I will be diligently praying for you and your recovery. I am glad you went and got it checked out.
Angelia 31 at Dx. DX: 4/30/09, 10/21/09 SCC on floor of mouth, T1NOMO, T2N1M0 TX: 39 IMRT, 8 cisplatin 11/30/09 PET/CT: 11/03/09: Lymph node involvement PEG/PORT: 11/09 TX end: 02/01/10 PET Scan: 04/05/10 clear PEG Out: 06/21/10 Biopsy: 12/23/10: fibrosis HBO: 01/04/11 - ORN Baby girl born 11-30-12
Wow that kid had a hard head!!! Im not surprised that your jaw is broken from what you had described. My poor poor buddy!!!! Im certain that you will be very busy getting all your things in order before you go on Monday.
I hope you will stop back onto the forum to check in. Jim....PLEASE!!!! have someone dependable make themselves an account here on OCF so they will keep us posted. DO NOT FORGET!!!!! Remember, I had my son join and he posted for me while I was stuck in the hospital. You may be there for a long time, dont leave your OCF family hanging not knowing if you are ok.
You and I have discussed this procedure many times. I know you dont want to go thru this but you will feel so much better when its all over. I know how afraid you are of all this, you can do it. After everything else you have gone thru this will be just a few more steps til you are well.
Make sure you tell those docs you want a possey muir valve for a trach. This way you will be able to talk. If you havent learned how to text message yet, get one of those grandkids to quick teach you. It probably will be easier to text than to talk for a while. Make sure you line up people to come stay with you while you are hospitalized. You need a team of advocates to be there to help ensure you are properly taken care of. My son would sit there for hours with me, even when I was kept asleep he sat there talking to me.
Keep your spirits up! Its not going to be easy but you can do this and finally be well. It really will be ok.
((((HUGS))))) and prayers to you my friend!!!!!
Christine SCC 6/15/07 L chk & by L molar both Stag I, age44 2x cispltn-35 IMRT end 9/27/07 -65 lbs in 2 mo, no caregvr Clear PET 1/08 4/4/08 recur L chk Stag I surg 4/16/08 clr marg 215 HBO dives 3/09 teeth out, trismus 7/2/09 recur, Stg IV 8/24/09 trach, ND, mandiblctmy 3wks medicly inducd coma 2 mo xtended hospital stay, ICU & burn unit PICC line IV antibx 8 mo 10/4/10, 2/14/11 reconst surg OC 3x in 3 years very happy to be alive
Jim, I have only been on this forum for a short time but have come to look forward to reading your posts: your courage and humanity blaze through the limits of the typed word. I want to second Christine's request to have a family member update us until you are connected again. It is a blessing to have family and friends to help; it is a blessing to them - especially the young people - to be able to help.
CG to husband - SCC Tonsil T1N2M0 HPV+ Never Smoker First symptoms 7/2010, DX 12/2010 TX 40 IRMT (1.8 gy) + 10 Cetuximab PET Scans 6/2011 + 3/2012 clear, 5 year physical exam clear; chest CT's clear of cancer. On thyroid pills. Life is good.
Jim: You know that I will be right there with you in spirit, holding your hand and hugging you throughout all your surgeries and procedures, along with these wonderful forum members who so care for you. When you feel like it, use that laptop to send us a few words letting us know how you are. Prayers, prayers, and more prayers headed your way and will continue until you are back home and healing. We love you, and so admire you. It's someone like you who gives each of us the strength to conquer and survive. julieann
Julieann Nov 2007 SCC on right tonsil following tonsillectomy. Was smoker, QUIT. (Stage IV T2 N2b) 7 weeks radiation one day/wk chemo (carboplatin and 5-FU). Allergic to Taxol; PEG in, lost 30 lbs. TX completed January 2008. PEG out mid- 2008. PET/CT 1/17/2011;2/3/12 NEGATIVE for cancer