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Mike & Chris Fegles
Procedure is over

The bronchoscopy went well. Nothing notable at this time so we wait for the lab report, which the doc thinks he can call us with the results by late Friday.


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Tomorrow's Appt
  • Update to today's earlier posted update . . . Tomorrow we go up to Providence, to be there @ 11:30 with procedure @ 1: for probably an hr, estimate leaving 1-2 hrs later. It's a journey down the throat & bronchial tubes. Very anxious, both of us

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Most Recent Update

Mike saw his oncologist Dr. Curti on Tuesday, Aug. 16th to discuss the CT scan done earlier that morning & his thoughts on going forward after the lung surgery. In short, he mentioned that the last pathology report went into further detail, about the right pulmonary vein which was cut out and discussed the existence of microscopic cancer cells in the margin. Dr. Curti suggested we meet with a radiologist to find out if targeted radiation would be in order.

We then followed up on Dr. Curti's suggestion by meeting with a Radiologist at Providence. She explained that radiation of microscopic


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Latest Oncologist Appt.

Thought I'd share an update from yesterday's long awaited appt. with Mike's newest oncologist, Dr. Curti at Providence Cancer Research Center in Portland. His nurse practitioner actually met with us and was very nice and explained the next steps as she and Dr. Curti consulted on Mike’s status. She informed us about what treatment, "Sutent" and that it would be started 1st when needed (new spots &/or growth). Insurance does cover it and often times insurance won’t approve another treatment until the first treatment is tried and so that’s why we got a heads up about which d

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New Normal Again . . .

Mike is doing better. He still has a cough but says it doesn't hurt really, it more or less stretches things, in his thinking. He's walking slow laps up & down our long driveway & increasing the laps each day. His open wound is looking like it's healing well. Today so far he's even been out mowing some of the grass. I of course felt the need to remind him that even though he's only riding around, his insides are jiggling along the way! Now he's hosing down the deck. Dare I think too much too soon!?!

The puppy is finally remembering & doing well again with some of our training ritual

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Mike is doing well

. . . and so thankful to be home. The tube opening area is slowly changing for the better. I could give details, but I won't since not everyone is into descriptive detailed information ;-] We are busy retraining, Abby (our 4mo old tri-color springer spaniel) along with some new training so she'll become a better housemate. We think she's in her terrible two's!!!

After being gone about 3 weeks total, we were in a void but now we're trying to get back to normal life . . . Mike is busy paying bills & accounting for debits, etc. He says he can at least do that because it doesn't take the

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We are exhausted, but home!

Finally it was check out time, but first . . . . she had to document a few things then she said "You're good to go". I'd already taken everything (except Mike) to the car so all we had to do was walk out. We walked slowly to the car, it was hot so we turned the AC on ASAP and left immediately for HOME! The drive home was uneventful thankfully and both dogs were soooo happy to see us, as we were to see them. Then this was the first order of events.

1. Spinner had a sore that didn't heal and got infected while we were gone, so I took him to the vet not long after we got home. I think within

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He's not out yet.

Short message for BIG announcement . . . The tube is OUT & Mike is going home tomorrow - me too!!! More later - - -

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Home Tomorrow?!?

Things are looking up! Mike did not have another setback yesterday and in fact, he had a great night. Drainage has slowed down to a trickle and our fears of blockage again (which has been relieved by the Dr's visit a few minutes ago) have turned to hope!!! The doc thinks if everything stays stable, that he'll remove the tube and we can head home tomorrow!!! We are both so ready to get out of here and back to our life outside this hospital. We do have to say, for the most part, everyone we've had the pleasure of meeting here (staff) have been professional and attentive, even friendly! OK, Mik

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Better for now.

Yes, he's finally out of that awful, awful pain. It was the worst!!! Here is the good news & the not so good possibilities . . .

He's just about back to what's "normal" for him after this surgery. This morning he has had his coffee & bagel, taken a phone call, is up for a visit from the caller and it's a remarkable difference from last night, to say the least!!!

The doc's visit was interesting in that it's another waiting game to see how the drainage & healing is in the next couple of days. The not so good possibility is that they would have to go in surgically to see what can be d


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