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2012-01-19

A bump in life's road

Doug White

A day after her birthday, the love of my life, Beth, required some major surgery because of a nodule in one of her lungs.

She went through a video assisted surgery. The nodule was isolated and removed without any major problems.

It was biopsied and it turned out that it was malignant. Luckily it was stage one and isolated, it had not spread.

The word came back that if they could have removed the lobe (top part of the lung), Beth would not require any further treatment and that would have been the cure. However, since she has to have oxygen because of her PH, she will have to undergo the chemo.

We are thankful that no other problems were encountered.

She was in ICU after the major surgery and was being monitored 24 hours a day. They were watching for any infection while she was recovering from the surgery. After a few days of observation she was released to go home. She was very excited when she got the release of hospital orders!

You couldn't have asked for a better team of doctors and patient care personnel at this hospital, the North Central Baptist Hospital in San Antonio.

Now Beth is resting at home and is ready for her first chemo treatment.

I noticed an interesting chart in her ICU room. It was a pain level chart. It read: BHS Universal Pain Assessment Tool. The ranking went from zero to 10 with little round faces that ranged from a smile to a frown. It looked like a really cool measuring tool!

I told someone that some of my students on my bus have those same different frowns - just joking of course!

We both send our heartfelt thanks to all of our friends for all their support and prayers.

Beth, as you all know, is one tough cookie and she will bounce back from this deal!