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Kreij

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#1
I've been gone for awhile and I just wanted to let everyone know what's up. There is no real forum for that, so I figured I'd post it here.

On the morning of Dec 22nd I was taken by ambulance to the emergency room for severe abdominal pain. The discovered that I had a perforated appendix and immediately rushed me into surgery to perform an appendectomy. Everything seemed to be good, so they released me on Christmas Eve to come back home.

On Chistmas day I had my wife take me back to the ER as I was vomitting profusely. They determined that my digestive tract had completely shut down and everything was backing up on me. They jammed a tube through my nose into my stomach and pumped out lots of vile crap. Over about the next week they were trying to get everything going again, and the lab report came back that the problem with my appendix was caused by a cancerous tumor, so more surgery was planned for a few weeks down the road.

My condition did not improve and after days of testing they found that I had a partially obstructed small intestine and rush me back into surgery to remove the problem and also performed a right hemicolectomy (removed a 3rd of my large intestine) to get everything that may have been affected by the cancer. That was new years day.

I spent the next 8 days in the hospital once again working to get my digestive tract going normally with a tube shoved up my nose (a NG tube as it's called is something you want to avoid if possible as it is really rather irritating after many days), and I was finally released today (Jan 9th) and am back at home recovering.

The future holds more testing for possible cancer spread (although things looked pretty clean when they had me opened up and went all Ginsu to chop out part of my guts), and likely will verture into oncology (chemotherapy) treatment.

I'm pretty wiped out from the surgeries and laying in the hopital for 18 days, but over time should get my energy back and hopefully emerge cancer free at some point.

I consider the staff and members of TPU good friend and wanted to let you know what's going on and why I may not be on a whole lot in the near future as I recover.

I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and look forward to slugging it out on the forums with all of you.

God bless you all.
Dean
 
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#2
get well and hope you feel better soon...you will be in our families prayers.
 
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#3
Awe man...that sucks. I wish you a speedy recovery.
 
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#4
Take your time, get plenty of rest and don't overdo things. Everything will still be there when you get better. It is really good to hear that you will be making a full recovery. Take care of yourself Kreij.
 
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#5
I wish you all the best man! Crazy how things go sometimes.
Hope you recover well. Best wishes to you and everyone close to you.
 

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#6
Get better man . My wife had cancer 2 times and they got it all . I can not say as I know what you are going through and I will not try to pretend to know just how fucked up it is . Just get well brother be strong . God Bless you . I will pray for you .
 
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#8
Gotta watch those road kill burgers man! ;)

Glad you're all right so far and I'm sure I speak for us all when I saw we'll be pulling for ya!
 
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#9
That is hard. I will keep you in my prayers.
 

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#10
We pray for your speedy recovery! We wish you and your family the best of luck.
 
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#11
Get well soon. Our prayers with you and your family.
 
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#12
and here i was thinking hitting a tree @20mph with no helmet on and getting knocked out sucked... get well soon man!
 
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#13
Ouch! Good luck dude! Hope things start going better for you soon!
 
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#14
Get well soon man and kick that fucker out your system...!
 

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#15
Holy shit man im sorry. You better get better you old bastard we still need to share a few beers! I'll wish you luck and ill be sincere. But I know you dont need it you have better things to do with your time then be sick :toast: Get better soon man.
 
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#16
Sorry you had to go through all that. Sucks. Don't know what to say other than hang there.
 
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#17
We'll pull through...you rest.
Thanks for keeping us in the loop.
 

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#19
that sounds terrible krej. hope you get back on your feet soon.
 

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#20
Damn, I'm really sorry to hear this, K. :( I saw you weren't on and was wondering what was up. That's no way to spend Christmas.

I hope the doctors got it all and you make a full recovery soon. :)
 

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#21
stop in once in awhile, let us know how your doin, get well dude
 

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#22
I cant wait for you to get back kreij! I need some major help on C++, I just got in this class and I feel like a monkey in an algebra class! this crap is hard (to me anyway).
 
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#23
I'll be praying for you, Dean. We're going over the abdominal cavity in med school right now, so if you've a question and don't want to bother any of your current docs feel free to shoot this future doc the question, and I'll do what I can to answer it for you!
 
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#24
Damn talk about messed up. Hopefully things are going for the better. Get well soon.
 
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#25
Old Uncle Kreij is going to be fine, he's most definitely one of life's good guys and has a heart as big as a continent.

My best wishes to you and your Family Dean, I know only too well how hard it can be for yourself and loved ones to deal with the big C as I'm sure alot of you can.

All my love mate and never hesitate to send me a PM if you ever need to chat bud.