• Greg - We're all pulling for you!!

    Asked by LiveWithCancer on Thursday, July 23, 2020

    Greg - We're all pulling for you!!

    It makes me nervous when we don't hear from our fearless leader for a day or two, especially when we know you are in the hospital and having trouble eating and swallowing. I just want you to know that everyone at WhatNext is pulling for you, praying for you, sending positive thoughts, and hoping we'll see you here again REAL soon.

    35 Answers from the Community

    35 answers
    • andreacha's Avatar
      andreacha

      Prayers for a speedy recovery. What LWC said is absolutely true. We all miss you.

      6 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      Thank you, LWC and andreacha, for saying what we all feel. Thinking of you, Greg and Donna.

      6 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Thanks Live, and all of you. It's 10:30 Thursday night and we have had our complimentary cup of ice cream, a shot of pain meds, and I'm ready to see if this night is going to cooperate and be good like the day has. A few spells of 3 hours at a time of sleep would be wonderful. Tomorrow has another attempt at a feeding tube. I think it will happen this time because they've pulled out the big guns. We are going to a full-on OR with all the rides and the description I was given was, "you will have a G-tube when you come out.

      So, I'm good with that. They put me on a liquid diet for tray delivery, I was able to eat a cup of tomato soup, some pudding, and drank a little sweet tea, and some milk. Not too bad for not having anything for a week or so.

      It's wild how I can go from feeling so crappy one day, to feeling almost back to my "cancer normal" the next. Nothing I can point to, other than that device from XXX, the demonic, life-sucking, mood-killing, attitude annihilating nose tube. I give mad props to anyone who has kept one for any long term amount of time.

      6 months ago
    • 2943's Avatar
      2943

      You hang in there! This is a crazy and some times mean, ugly ride. Your team is right here! Hugs!!!

      6 months ago
    • Dianem's Avatar
      Dianem

      Such a gentle warrior you are. Thoughts and prayers for you. Keep strong and God bless.

      6 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      Greg, you are in our thoughts and prayers today.

      6 months ago
    • Kp2018's Avatar
      Kp2018

      And to think that a nasogastric tube feeding was a diet fad just a few years ago.

      https://healthland.time.com/2012/04/18/with-this-tube-i-thee-shed-whats-wrong-with-the-latest-wedding-crash-diet/ Insane!

      I wholeheartedly hope the surgery goes well, and that you're able to get the nourishment and sleep you need to stand up to and benefit from your treatment. With so many pitfalls, it's hard to keep focused on the ultimate goal, but I know you're doing it. My very best to you during this awful time.

      6 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      Greg, I’m so glad your nose is now free. And I hope you’ll have the G-tube today. Sending best wishes.

      6 months ago
    • Jayne's Avatar
      Jayne

      Hoping today is a "good" day for you, followed by a some restful and well deserved sleep.

      6 months ago
    • MarcieB's Avatar
      MarcieB

      Thank you so much for updating us! I am so encouraged to know you had a little food. You are taking baby steps back to yourself and I feel sure the longer strides are right around the corner.

      6 months ago
    • Molly72's Avatar
      Molly72

      Great way to describe the "N" tube, Greg! Anyone who has had one inserted knows that it is truly demonic, and life-sucking, and other terms that can't be printed here.
      I had one for 4 or 5 days and would recommend that all doctors be forced to see what they are really like.
      All the best to you, keep up your wonderful attitude, we are with you.

      6 months ago
    • Teachertina's Avatar
      Teachertina

      All right, get er done! Hope doctors are on their A game today and have you ready to go home quickly! Get Donna to update us while you rest.

      6 months ago
    • faithfully58's Avatar
      faithfully58

      They took Greg down to holding at 10:00 am.They called at 11:07 they were starting this one.Should be hearing from them before long.

      6 months ago
    • legaljen1969's Avatar
      legaljen1969

      @faithfully- please keep us posted. We are rooting for you both. I know this is awfully stressful, but you two handle it with such grace.

      6 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      @faithfully, thank you for this update. Yes, we’re all rooting for Greg and you.

      6 months ago
    • faithfully58's Avatar
      faithfully58

      They are closing Greg up.Couldn't do laparoscopic through the nose into stomach.So had to make incision in belly.He'll be in recovery for about 30 minutes.Thank you everyone! At least it's finally done.

      6 months ago
    • Teachertina's Avatar
      Teachertina

      Thank goodness that’s over with! You must be very relieved! I can’t imagine your stress level right now Donna! Now to get recovered and strong enough to go home. Did they estimate how long he will need to stay there? Will he still be able to continue being in the trial after all of this?

      6 months ago
    • MarcieB's Avatar
      MarcieB

      Thank you so much for being so prompt in letting us know! You have so much on your plate, I'm sure you have a lot of calls/texts to get out for family.I feel certain he is going to begin feeling a lot better once he's got some good nutrition going for him. I hope you can get some rest now.

      6 months ago
    • faithfully58's Avatar
      faithfully58

      Not much stress !Just another bump in the road.He's been through about everything a person has to deal with.Just a lot more then most! Said this morning won't go home until Monday.Yes will still be in trial,sppose to have the shot he missed this week Tue.next week.Thank you again everyone

      6 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      Thank you. I’m glad the surgery is over and he and you can get some rest. Sending more good wishes.

      6 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      @faithfully58, I had to say that your and Greg’s “bump in the road” would be many people’s Mount Everest. But we climb what we must.

      6 months ago
    • faithfully58's Avatar
      faithfully58

      Yes we climb what we must.But sure would be nice to not have to climb such big mountains anymore!

      6 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      That’s for sure!

      6 months ago
    • JustForToday's Avatar
      JustForToday

      Sorry the process of getting the feeding tube was so bumpy. Glad it is done and they are keeping an eye on Greg until Monday. Good to have experts available until complications are ruled out. We are are pulling for you Greg and Donna. If our positive thoughts carry any weight, you will be heading home on Monday, smiling with relief.

      6 months ago
    • Paperpusher's Avatar
      Paperpusher

      Well, it's Monday and I hope you both get to go home today. Nothing like sleeping in your own home even if it's in a recliner. Love and prayers for you both.

      6 months ago
    • Teachertina's Avatar
      Teachertina

      Hope things are going okay and you’re going to be heading home today! Update when you can, lots of us thinking of you both!

      6 months ago
    • faithfully58's Avatar
      faithfully58

      Sorry for not posting!Greg has been pretty much out of it! He's not touched his phone or laptop in a couple of days!He had a fever yesterday so they're trying to get to the bottom of it!He has been able to start getting up and walking to bathroom.They did a CT scan last night about 10:30 seems he has some fluid on a lung.So a few hours ago they done a needle in his back to draw it off.Also do see if any infection.We've had about 15 Dr.'s and doogie Dr.'s as Greg's dad used to call them in since 6:00 this morning.So we're on day 9 and don't know much more yet.So maybe later this afternoon we'll know more.He and I thank you for the concern and prayers and we'll wishes!

      6 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      faithfully58, thank you so much. Sending good mojo to Greg and you.

      6 months ago
    • Teachertina's Avatar
      Teachertina

      Thanks Donna. Sorry to hear about fever. I know y’all were so ready to get home. At least you weren’t at home already and then have to go back. Wishing y’all the best . Another day or so to get things straight hopefully will be all it takes to get back home.

      6 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Thanks to everyone. I'm still waiting for the bowels to work and be able to tolerate the feeding formula. Then I can go. We appreciate everyone checking on us. Sweetie went home for the night to get fresh clothes and things we need and a good night's sleep. We didn't plan on this many days here.

      6 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      Thank you, Greg, for the update. I hope everything works soon so you can go home.

      6 months ago
    • Teachertina's Avatar
      Teachertina

      Glad she’s getting a night at home to sleep. We have a hospital with a sleep room that is used by staff and spouses of patients who live far away. I slept there 2 nights after the nurses saw how exhausted I was. I don’t think they tell everyone about it. I was there with my husband who was admitted for possible heart issue. I had been up for 3 days by then. I wonder if they have one there? It was a big room with about 20 cots , locked and security watching over doors in and out. With Covid that may not be possible to use now. I also had poo problems after every surgery, so miserable! Can they give you anything in the tube for that or by IV? Does the formula make you feel sick? I know you are doing what you have to do to get home! Can you walk around more to get things going? I remember trying everything so I could go home. It just takes some time to wake up those bowels!

      6 months ago
    • 2943's Avatar
      2943

      UCSF had chairs that made into beds. Not wonderful but son did just fine. This journey involves many. Hang in there. Our positive energy coming your way!

      6 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      My husband's room had a recliner that made into a bed of sorts and a couch that looked like it would have made a pretty good bed. But, they wouldn't let anyone stay overnight; I guess because of COVID (like everything else - EVERYTHING was blamed on COVID). I had to follow visiting hours, which was a pain because they started at 11 AM - after a lot of the doctors and therapists had already made their rounds.

      6 months ago
    • 2943's Avatar
      2943

      My husband went into hospital, dropped him at front door and picked him up a week later. Not good but covid. My surgeries (5) were pre covid and fortunate that someone was able to stay with me. Nervous Nell here slept so much better. Hugs to all as we navigate these choppy seas!

      6 months ago

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