Tuesday, April 08, 2003

for all of you who have been praying for eldest younger brother Thomas:
Free at Last, Free at Last, emails a newly liberated Tom!

Family, friends, Brother Knights and Colleagues ---

I am finally at home after the ordeal. Hospital food! Beautiful Nurses! Surgeons and assorted other Doctors of Medicine. Combined with the home prep before the surgery, that's a week down the chute to the Path lab.....

The surgeon says that everything is copascetic, except for the size of the mass they removed. It is classified a T3 carcinoma, based on size, and factors concerning the likelihood of metastatization (try that one three times fast!!) Whether I get to spend time with an oncologist will depend on how the discussion between the surgeon, the colonoscoper, and my primary care physician go before my appointments next week. Twenty five clean lymph nodes. No signs of abnormality in the overexcavation into my back. The surgeon says to expect about three weeks of recovery, just to get the colons working right again.

That's all for now. Thanks for the prayers and other offerings. See some of you soon, others a little later.

Thomas Knapp PE
Senior Engineer
[snipping longish list of titles that various people know him by, but concluding with....]
Big Brother and Oldest Uncle Knapp
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