Leaving Rochester

As the Rochester chapter of my journey comes to a close, I am grateful for the excellent care at the Mayo. Dr Allen and his team did a great job and were on top of all the issues that came along after surgery. I knew complications were  possible but I never thought my hospital course would be this long.  There were so many wonderful nurses, therapists, assistants and consultants addressing every facet of my health. It is obvious to me that the Mayo is top notch for health care and a great place to work.

Thank you everyone for your support through keeping up with my blog, emailing and sending cards and most of all the endless good thoughts and wishes during this long and difficult journey.

Thanks especially to my wife and nurse Jen, who has hung in here the entire time!


 Going for a hike with therapist Paul

Heading home Friday

I have been in rehab several days now. The PT and OT are progressing nicely, but I’m still having trouble getting enough nourishment: The food is very unappetizing.

The last of my stitches were removed today. We now have a definitive departure date of Friday. I’ll be lying in the backseat of our 4Runner for the trip home.

Embracing Change

Dr. Allen said “no way” to our plan to check into a hotel. He played hardball with Humana and got them to approve the Acute Rehab plan!

So, I have deluxe accommodations at the Mary Brigh building! I will be getting three hours of PT, OT and other therapy every day. My tentative release date is July 5th.


Closer to Free!

Humana did not approve the plan to do Acute Rehab here at the clinic. So, instead I will be discharged from the hospital in the morning and will stay at the Airbnb with Jen through Monday, when the surgeon plans to remove the stitches.

I am celebrating by wearing my new Mayo Clinic sweatshirt!



Rehab Program?

At this point, I am approved to participate in a rehab program here at the Mayo Clinic. However, it remains to be seen if my insurance company will pay for it or not. Hopefully, will have an answer early tomorrow.

The rehab program would consist of 5 to 6 days of additional physical and occupational therapy, which would jump-start my recovery. 

Definitely Turned the Corner this Time

The lymph angiogram which was done on Monday was an 8 hour ptocedure that left Doug wiped out for 2 days. The radiologist found the leak and successfully plugged it. The chest tube drainage decreased immediately and yesterday the last tube was removed. However, he has had right abdominal pain since then and we learned yesterday that his gall bladder was full of sludge.  A biliary tube was inserted today to drain the bile and relieve the pressure. I know what you are thinking 1. Can anything else possibly go wrong and 2. Maybe we should rent for a year and register to vote in Minnesota.

Doug can have clear liquids tonight ( isn’t beer a clear liquid?) and then progress to a more substantial diet, like guacamole and margaritas😉.

That’s it for now,