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After 5 weeks of struggling with what the doctors thought was a stomach virus trapped in Larry's colon, Larry had blood work done which revealed high inflammation markers and a low white-blood cell count. Last Friday, April 13th, Larry went to see a GI doctor who issued a CT scan for later that day which revealed masses on his colon and liver. Tuesday, April 17th, Larry had a colonoscopy which revealed a blockage in the colon which the doctors said could rupture at any moment. They scheduled him for emergency surgery at LGH for the following day. Wednesday, Dr. Hesham successfully removed the affected section of Larry's colon and all affected lymph nodes he could during this operation. Dr. Hesham was also able to biopsy the metastasized cancer in the liver. Larry and the family praise God that this operation went so well; better than many had expected.
Thursday morning Larry woke up with a strong appetite, he was able to eat eggs and pancakes for breakfast, soup and a sandwich for lunch, and a hospital style turkey dinner!
On Friday Larry woke up pretty nauseous, but the doctors said there were no 'red flags' and that Larry just needs more time to heal. They gave him more anti-nausea meds which allowed him to eat a bit of lunch and dinner Friday night.
Today is Saturday, April 21st. Dr. Hesham is going to have oncology come in for a consult and wants to get a CT scan of Larry's chest before he leaves today. Please pray that there is no metastasis in the lungs.
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Well, we are still in NYC but doing ok. They have decided to do a procedure similar to an angiogram which will light up the vasculature in his liver and if they can they will open up or close off vessels to create flow to the right side of his liver. While we were not expecting to be here this long, I am thankful they want to move forward now and make this plan of the hepatic pump work. A huge praise- the medical oncology team was able to move some appointments around so that we no longer have to return on the 21st and all day on Christmas Eve. They were able to schedule everything on the 21st so we can enjoy Christmas at home! Very grateful for that. As always, thank you for all of the prayers and words of encouragement. God is good all the time, and we are blessed through all of you.