Post TURBT #1 Recovery and Travel (Bladder Cancer) - June, 2008
Posted Oct 21 2008 12:19am
Regular readers have likely noticed the medical action has slowed down a bit since all this started. I am personally grateful that the uncertainty range of outcomes is much narrower now, and I can actually plan to do things that need to be done - both for work and for play. On top of the bladder surgery recovery I got to have my first root canal as well. But other than the tooth issues, June is free from medical procedures. So I planned a week-long business trip to the D.C. area, and it took place last week. You may also recall that I recovered from the second surgerymuch more quickly than the first.Dr. Hopkinssaid he had no idea why one was different from the other. He thought the second one might be worse, because he had me in surgery quite a bit longer and hit 4 areas instead of 3 (two tumors plus one bladder puncture).
But really I feel pretty good these days, and had no issues packing for the trip. Road-warrior travelers know the new rules for engagement - you are permitted ONE carry-on bag (I use a rectangular gym bag that holds a lot and takes hardly any overhead space) and ONE SMALL personal item = an enormous laptop bag crammed with all kinds of useful stuff. After years of backbreaking luggage lugging, I finally bought a nice set of wheels...