Total Neck Breather

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Total Neck Breather

Postby Rumpshot » Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:18 pm

Tuesday, I become one. Tracheostomy. Goes along with the total Laryngectomy.

Not gonna lie to you I have some concerns. Life is going to be different.

As I told you earlier, my throat cancer came back big time. I have an open ulcer on my epiglottis. Sometimes it weeps blood. Any acidic food/drink makes it burn. Usually a constant low-grade pain in the throat.

Chemo and radiation were discussed at great length. Both could only provide palliative treatment. The surgery holds out hope for curative treatment. And should give me back a relatively normal swallow.

Looking at a speech prosthesis to be able to talk. Will probably also have an electrolarynx machine so I can do the robot voice.

Hospitalization could be up to two weeks, perhaps longer. Will be in the Mayo Hospital, Phoenix. Visitors will be welcome. I should be posting again on Wed or Thur.
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Re: Total Neck Breather

Postby randy » Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:39 pm

Hang in there!
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Re: Total Neck Breather

Postby Precision » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:54 pm

Fuck me, I hate cancer.
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Re: Total Neck Breather

Postby skb12172 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:44 pm

Will the Trach be permanent?
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Re: Total Neck Breather

Postby rightisright » Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:29 pm

Best of luck w. the surgery.

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Re: Total Neck Breather

Postby Rumpshot » Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:38 pm

The trach will be permanent.

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Re: Total Neck Breather

Postby Rich Jordan » Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:48 pm

Best wishes for that curative result

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Re: Total Neck Breather

Postby Cobar » Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:05 pm

randy wrote:Hang in there!


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Re: Total Neck Breather

Postby BDK » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:44 pm

A friend has an artificial voicebox from Germany, which has worked well for him, since he lost his to an IED, a few years back.

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Re: Total Neck Breather

Postby skb12172 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:12 am

All the best and thank God for technology.
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Re: Total Neck Breather

Postby Johnnyreb » Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:13 am

Thank God for Technology indeed. I've seen my Mother go though cancer treatment 3 times and she's still doing ok. I wish you the best on your recovery.

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Re: Total Neck Breather

Postby SoupOrMan » Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:07 am

The first thing you need to do with that voicebox is shout "It's coming right for us!" when you function test it.
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Re: Total Neck Breather

Postby Rumpshot » Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:15 pm

7:30 am check in. Will be back tomorrow or Thursday.
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Re: Total Neck Breather

Postby First Shirt » Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:25 pm

Prayers and best wishes sent!
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Re: Total Neck Breather

Postby Weetabix » Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:24 pm

Stay strong.
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