Monday, October 31, 2022

9 MONTHS POST SURGERY

At this time I have been pronounced cancer free by my Doctors.However, one major issue remains, namely my right leg.For reasons unknown,(possible reasons include previous chemotherapy,radiation,infection,and/or surgerical complications), my right leg has shown significant nerve damage. Recently I learned that I have suffered bilateral neuropathy in both of my legs. Physiotherapy and physical training has had minimal impact. Rceently I have felt increased nerve pain,which may indicate rejuvenation of the nerve. Currently I walk gingerly with the aid of a cane.I am waiting to be fitted with a brace ,which hopefully will give me more stability. Emotionally it is a challenge to cope with my limited mobility and lose of many activities I love.I feel more vulnerable and that my world has become much smaller. On the positive side I am alive and count my blessings ever day. Somehow despite my losses I have a much deeper appreciation for life and better understanding of my client's needs. Thank you for your support and messages of hope during this most difficult period of my life. David

Monday, May 16, 2022

100 DAYS AFTER

Feb4/2022 I had a life changing cancer surgery that saved my life.However, any surgery, especially one as long as 13 hours duration has it's consequences. Prior to the surgery, two surgeons were extremely optimistic regarding my recovery,while the third surgeon was more guarded regarding recovery.Unfortunately she has been proven right. During the past 100 days I have been hospitized twice for a total of 13 days,9 originally and 4 latter because of an infection.In addition I have had a chronic cough which is now being treated with an inhaler. However,more surprising, and in some ways more critically I have lost the strength in my right leg.Previous to the surgery I had some difficulties with my leg due to nerve damage associated with my radiation treatment.However ,subsequentially to the second operation I have lost considerable strength. At this time,I am attending twice weeekly sessions with a trainer.He says that the central muscle has completely atrophed.However, with exercise he is hopeful that I might regain 60-70% use of the other 3 muscles. I walk slowly with my cane, but with training I am hopeful I will be able to walk unassisted and be able to return to activities I truly enjoy. I remain optimistic I will acheive my goals of increased mobility. Thank you for your continued support. David

Monday, March 28, 2022

52 Days Post Surgery

As many of you know Feb.4 I underwent a 13 hour life saving cancer surgery. Thanks to the dedication and perseverance of my team of surgeons I survived that operation relativity intact. During the past 52 days I have had my ups and downs. in my journey of recovery including a 4 day hospitalization for an infection. At this point in my recovery my main issue is fatique and low energy.Depending upon the time of day I would estimate my energy level is 50-60% of my preoperation energy. Being a high energy individual, has enabed me to restart my clinical practice on a part time basis,walk daily,and engage socially with family and friends.Next week my third son will visit me, completingthe visitation of my 3 sons. I feel blessed to be alive and to be surrounded by clients,family and friends who have been supportive.I truly appreciate your support,your prayers, and hope to able to meet your psychological requests for the forseeable future. G-d bless. David

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

MEDICAL UPDATE

19 days post surgery. Doing well,continuing to get stronger ever day.Still at retirement home but walking alot ,mostly with walker ,occassionally without it.REceiving my last hydration treatment today. In the process of learning to change my ilecstomy,A work in progress.Hope to be home on Sunday. Thank you all for your support,prayers and warm wishes. David