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5/24/20 2:47 A

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Evening Hello Spark Friend's

This past week has been most challenging still dealing with swelling and mega pain sutures in lip/mouth still dissolving! My BP remains high, this morning 160/96/77 and tonight 160/91/83 and weight is down to 108 pounds:

I admit, itís hard to remain positive when you are feeling so drained! However, I know God is watching over me and will continue to bring strength and healing! Please pray for my appointment with Cancer Clinic on Friday to meet with my Oncologist.

Thank you all for your ongoing prayers. You all are so appreciated! God Bless you all. emoticon emoticon

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5/18/20 12:26 A

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Saturday I met with my Surgeon for follow-up and won't know anything more about treatment until I follow up with cancer clinic when I see my Oncologist!

Saturday I met my Surgeon who said there was a large area involved where he had to remove the cancerous mass!

He told me unlike the last 2 surgeries this time it will take 3 months to heal the surgical site.

There are sutures that are still dissolving in my mouth and lip which takes time!

There is a lot of swelling on the face, lip and mouth due to the extensive surgery along with the reconstruction surgery that was done same time as the surgery to remove mass.

My surgery involved 3 parts, 1st part to remove scar tissue 2nd part to remove cancerous mass then 3rd part to do the reconstruction surgery!

Once swelling goes down the lip & mouth including nose will be back in proper alignment, he said the nerve damage is from the surgery itself and the fact some of the nerves in the face were removed along with the cancerous mass.

As a result I have further nerve and muscle damage! Surgeon said I will always have numbness basically no feeling or very little feeling on the left side of face and mouth!

I am referred back to Cancer Clinic to see Oncologist who will plan out my treatment. I see him end of May..

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5/12/20 11:03 P

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I see my Surgeon on Saturday May 16th at 3:10pm. For the most part have had telephone calls with my specialists but this time he needs to see me in the clinic to check the surgery suture/surgery site and check inside my mouth besides the left side of face nose and lip.

All sutures are dissolvable, I still have issues with pain, swelling and High BP but know this will improve and I will get past this.

My other appointments at Cancer Clinic with both oncologists are scheduled for end of May. Will keep you in the loop and appreciate your prayers! emoticon

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5/5/20 12:07 P

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Thank you for your support & many prayers, the last week has been very challenging, never thought this surgery would be so hard, I so need all the prayers you are pouring out on my behalf as the pain level and vitals are big issues now. My face is quite swollen including my mouth which makes it difficult for even taking in the neccessary nutrition. My diet is all liquids..

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5/2/20 6:52 P

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Surgery & Recovery Update

Wednesday and Thursday were intense, my surgery on Wednesday took over an hour and then I spent the remainder in Acute Care Recovery until 5:30pm.

There were issues with oxygen, bleeding, nausea, vomiting and blood pressure being too high!

Wednesday and Thursday I was on oxygen with severe pain, nausea, vomiting, BP very high, however, just before Midnight Thursday my 02 levels returned to normal.

With monitoring me for remainder of Thursday/Friday my surgeon released me to go home this weekend and said I would be better at home away from the environment of potentially getting sick. With current pandemic and conditions this was a wise move especially with my weakened immune system with cancer!

Surgeon ordered mega prescription meds for me and the only med that was covered was my antibiotics, other meds which look after the pain, nausea, vomiting, high BP and wound care, came to a grand total of $85.00.

However and with many thanks the nurse gave me the remainder of the 2 meds that I was using for psoriasis and the polysporin for wound care along with the swab applicators which helped keep my med bill down.

My anti nausea meds used for cancer patients came to a total of $56.92. The other pain meds that were not covered cost me $17.99

So getting the freebies from the nurse really helped! Thankfully I have a Blood Pressure monitor. Because my BP is quite high I am instructed to take my BP twice a day!

I see my surgeon and medical oncologist in 2 weeks. Pathology report will come in at same time they hope!

I so appreciate your ongoing support and prayers.. emoticon emoticon

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