View Full Version : I Survived! But it was rough.

09-09-2012, 09:18 AM
Hey guys! Sorry I've been out of touch for so long with no updates, but when I started feeling well enough to get back on the computer I found that my computer had died. I finally have one up and running now.

I really had a rough time with the early recovery from the kidney/cancer removal. I didn't deal well with the amount of morphene the pump was set up for and I went unresponsive and my BP crashed and they rushed me to CCU where I stayed for 5 days. During that time my remaining kidney shut down and they thought I'd had a heart attack from the enzyme readings (later determined I hadn't). They pushed the IV fluids and meds and finally got the kidney started back up on about day two. Tore an abdominal muscle somehow with all the moving around to go down for test and had a large hematoma that is still got some blue color left. I felt very bad overall til about week four and it was like someone lipped the switch. The last week and a half
I have seemed to get better by the day. Still a long way to go but on a good pace now. A lot of the back symtoms have lessoned so it seems at least for now that we may have been mistaking the pain from the kidney cancer as totally back (spinal) symptoms.

My Bwt. is way down but I plan to stay down in this range if it works out when I can finally start training again (Haven't lifted since 1st week in June). I topped out this year in March at 288 lbs. I'm down to 226 now and hope to stay in that 225-230 range if possible.My BP has been very low at this weight on just one dose of vasotech per day. It's averaging 117/70ish, so I may try to come off of it altogether if I'm able to keep my weight down here. We'll see. Again; I sorry I wasn't able to communicate more til now but I really appreciate everyones prayers and thoughts! P.S. They said they got all of the cancer! It was contained inside the kidney and adrenal gland. The lymph nobes in the area were clear of any cancer cells. I'll go back for a scan in a couple of months to make sure everything still looks clear.

I'm glad to feel like I'm back among the living and my state of mind is much improved now that I'm improving faster.

09-09-2012, 09:56 AM
Great job. Stay strong, Mastermonster!

09-09-2012, 03:21 PM
Congratulations on your recovery!

09-09-2012, 05:36 PM
Congrats on the recovery

Justin Randal
09-09-2012, 07:41 PM
Glad to hear that you're on the mend!!

09-09-2012, 07:53 PM
Sounds like a heck of a bad time.... glad to hear you won that battle.

Tim K
09-09-2012, 08:12 PM
Cancer scares the crap out of me. Glad you're feeling better and are already planning your comeback!

Travis Bell
09-09-2012, 09:11 PM
Thanks for the update Buddy! Sounds like quite the ordeal. Hope the rest of your recovery goes much better now

09-09-2012, 09:46 PM
Thanks everybody! I'm glad to be back to this point for now. Tim I'd be lying if I didn't say I was scared when Dr. Pirani told me I had cancer. That's a very sobering thing to hear and deal with. I also can't discribe how much of a relief I felt to hear him say they got it all! I've got an appointment at 10:00am tomarrow at UAB Highlands to see their back specialist to see where he thinks we are with my back at this point. I sure don't want to have anymore surgery just yet so I'm anxious to hear what he thinks.

09-10-2012, 01:28 AM
Really glad to see you're recovering!

09-10-2012, 03:19 AM
Great news man. Time to start hitting these badass weights again! :thumbup:

09-10-2012, 05:09 AM
Great news!!!!!

09-10-2012, 04:44 PM
Went to the UAB Highlands Back Specialist today (Dr. Theiss). He took X-rays and did some eval stuff. I explained how much less back pain I've had since the kidney was removed and he said kidney ailments are very easy to mistake as being back problems. I told him I definately don't want anymore surgery if possible and that I still wanted to continue powerlifting if I could do it without crippling myself. He said he wouldn't want to do surgery a long as we could avoid it. He also said if I could powerlift without enough pain to make me stop that he didn't feel I would do more damage by powerlifting. That was great to hear him say that! He told me that when the kidney removal wounds are fully healed that if I still have more back pain than I want to go with to call him and he'd set up some injections in the area of the pain. He said he'd leave that up to me if I thought I needed them. His evaluation made me feel much more confident about my continued future as a powerlifter!

Tim K
09-10-2012, 05:16 PM
I'm glad you're still in the game! Good news!

Jonathan E
09-10-2012, 09:41 PM
Fantastic news. Hard to even imagine.

chris mason
09-10-2012, 11:09 PM
Congrats on the improvement and that ortho sounds awesome!

09-11-2012, 08:03 AM
Wishing you a continued recovery. So good to hear.

09-11-2012, 03:53 PM
Thanks guys!