Here I am, after five and one half hours of surgery (shorter than predicted), removal of have my liver (more than expected) , removal of gall bladder, and a search of the most likely and available parts of my gut for the primary (unsuccessful! but thanks doctor for trying it). The good doctor told my wife as we exited the OR that, now I might die of something besides carcinoid which she loved (not sure I believe that but it is still good to hear).
For those who may have this ahead of them, you might appreciate knowing that you may be overloaded with liquid and they will spend the rest of your time in the hospital trying to get rid of the liquid. Because of the Narcotics, you will have constipation. They will spend several days trying to treat that before you leave the hospital.
In my case, the pain was handled well by the medications. I am hoping that this will continue for me. The worst pain that I encountered was actually “sympathy” pain from work near my diaphragm, my shoulders hurt badly for at least 3 days and the narcotics did not help that pain very much. The narcotics hopefully are not needed very often so I may be able to drive to appointments and coffee meeting this week! I hope so..
It was really all simpler and easier than I projected.
Thanks to all of you for your support,