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Suzie is back home!


Good evening, Netizens...


End of day three...


Closest to my heart is that my Suzie is back home from The House of Pain on the South Hill, having had her cancerous uterus removed during a robotic surgical procedure two days ago. I must hereby make a promise to myself, that in the near future I will diligently explore the technology involved because, despite all I may have stated in the past about the cost of surgical medicine in Spokane, in this instance having a 3 million dollar piece of state-of-the-art equipment installed at Sacred Heart easily saved us as much as ten thousand dollars or more.


Removal of a woman's uterus, fallopian tubes and associated reproductive organs using the old-fashioned surgical means, sometimes meant a woman could spend as much as a week to three weeks abed in the hospital, depending upon complications. The robotic technology reduces that painful time to under three days. In two short days after her surgical procedure, Suzie is back home, sitting up unattended and walking; gingerly, but walking nonetheless.


I can only speak glowing volumes about the quality of care we received from Cancer Care Northwest and the physicians who attended to Suzie since our ordeal began. Suzie's oncologist, Dr. Melanie Bergman, spent a fair amount of time explaining the procedure and answered all our questions in a gentle, caring manner before and after the robotic procedure.


We are not out of the woods quite yet, though, as there is still a pathology study to be completed, making certain that the cancer has not spread, and that there are no further complications. We are keeping our fingers crossed. I will keep everyone informed as we continue through this process. Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers.



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