The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

. The Good I saw Dr. Bains yesterday and had a chest x-ray at MSK.  The good news is that my lung has stayed inflated at 85% over the last week and is stable.  I also got my labs drawn and the best news is that my tumor marker (HCG) is "< 2.0 / undetectable"!!!  This is a huge milestone and … [Read more...]


Yesterday, after my lung decided to stay mostly inflated (85%) when removed from suction, I was discharged and home by nightfall! It feels so good to be here, see the animals, go for a walk by the pond, sleep in our bed, witness the vanguards of Spring, not be woken up every few hours and notice … [Read more...]

Slowly Coming Alung

I can see the East River, the 59th St. Bridge and Roosevelt Island from the chair in my hospital room. Traffic is not too bad right now, the tide is going out and all is groovy. I am feeling so much better than I was last week and my digestive system is up and running -i am eating regularly and … [Read more...]

How it’s going

Going on 6 days in the hospital now, so I thought it was time for a little update. It turns out the last-minute surgery was a very good call. Had the intestines remained twisted for another 6-12 hours, they might have needed to be removed in pieces: a much more complex surgery with a greater risk … [Read more...]

All is well

Jay just got out of surgery.  Dr. Philip Paty and his team took very good care of him.  There were not one but three obstructions: bands of adhesions that formed after his abdominal surgery, so it was a really good thing he went into surgery when he did.  This explains why Jay has been in so much … [Read more...]

Surgery Tonight

Hi all, Jay's team of very competent doctors all came into agreement today that surgery to repair his twisted intestine was probably inevitable and ideally, the sooner the better so as to avoid more serious issues.  So we made the decision tonight to go ahead with the surgery right away.  Jay … [Read more...]

Obstruction of Juices

Not too long after my last post, when I felt out of the gastrointestinal woods, the abdominal pain returned. It gradually got worse until yesterday we checked into urgent care at MSK. A CT scan revealed a bowel obstruction caused by adhesions which are latent side effects from the RPLND. A kink in … [Read more...]