Late September and October have been a trying time around the Caffrey household. In Sept I was diagnosed with a kidney stone, and during a CT scan for that, the Docs found a “nodule” on my right lung. Right now the Docs tell us that there is an 80% chance that it non-cancerous, but that makes it none the less scary. I’ve been keeping everyone updated via my internet forum on The Knife Network (Ed’s Forum). The Docs tell me that this thing needs to be removed, and since its in such a location that can only be reached via surgery. I’ll be visiting that Doc next week. What they are telling me right now is that they will go in, get a piece of this thing and biopsy it right in the O.R. If its non-cancerous, they will take only it (its about the size of a quarter). If it shows any signs of cancer they will take the entire upper lobe of my right lung. I would appreciate any prayers that you could offer. I have no doubt that the hand of God has been in this whole affair. Had it not been for the kidney stone, and the associated CT scan, this thing would not have been found, at least until it started bothering me…and by then it would likely have been too late. Seems there has been a rash of things like this lately.
As far as recovery goes, the Docs say that depending on how much of me they have to remove, my rehab/recovery could be as little as 2, or as long as 6 months. Cindy (my Wife) has already laid down the law that I will not be allowed in the forging shop while I’m recovering, but my plan is to get a bunch of things forged out, and hopefully will be able to at least do finish work. As I learn more about this situation, I’ll keep everyone posted.