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Jim Gould at Mayo
Thank you for visiting Jimmy's Mayo Page on Caring Bridge. I will use this site to keep everyone updated. Tomorrow morning 9/29 he has surgery to remove a tumor on the (far back) base of his tongue. He is first up for surgery which they expect to take 5 hours. I will update this site after I get the doctor's report. The doctor is predicting no long-term effects on his speech but his throat will be very sore and he not be able to talk or swallow properly for a few weeks. He will be in the Mayo St. Mary's campus hospital: 1216 2nd St SW, Rochester, MN 55902 He has asked for no flowers or visitors but in my quest to keep his spirits high and his sense of humor in tact I encourage you to send him cards, texts and emails. I will read them to him and soon enough he should be able to correspond himself. Remember, he will not be able to take calls. We expect him to be in the hospital until at least 10/4 and we'll make the 5 hour drive back to our home in Wisconsin when he is up to it.
Please know that ever scan and test so far has shown that the cancer has not spread. We are unbelievably grateful for that
Love to all, Susan
4:37 p.m. on Thursday afternoon and they are fluffing the pillows in anticipation of his arrival from recovery. About a six hour surgery. Spoke at length with doctor and he says tumor margins are clear, meaning there was no cancer left. We are waiting on pathology from lympnodes. Lost his tonsils and a bit of the bottom right side of his tongue but doc says that will not affect his speech. I have an eraser board for him to use in the meanwhile. They accessed the tumor through the mouth and the neck. He has a drain in his neck, feeding tube and temporary trach. So no talking for a while. He is in Mayo St. Mary's Hospital Room FR 6-127. Love to all, Susan