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Post-op success! 
Jul. 17, 2010 10:25 am 
Updated: Jul. 24, 2010 8:11 pm
The surgery at University of Michigan Medical Center is now a part of my history. I went there with high expectations of being well treated. I am not disappointed. As I wrote in an earlier post, they have assembled an outstanding staff of caring and knowledgeable people at all levels. I was always informed of what was happening next and how it would impact me or my family. (One thing they didn't tell my family or me was how goofy I would be as the anesthesia wore off. According to my family, I made a nice comedy for them to tell and re-tell.)

The surgery went far better than I expected. There is nearly no facial paralysis and the carotid artery was not an issue, at all. Except for an uneven smile. All facial functions are normal. Post-op pain was very well managed so, all I experienced was tightness and occasional minor pains. All of my input and output was measured, and my vitals were monitored every four hours and at discharge. The first day after surgery I was confined to the bed but the second day was bsier with some walking and exercise training with the Physical Therapists. On friday I was discharged and sent home for final recovery.

This morning my 12 yoa granddaughter  used cotton swabs and 50/50 saline and hydrogen peroxide to clean the area around the stitches and then the wound itself. After cleaning, she covered the wound with Bacitracin.  She says she'll need to do it again tonight to get the wound cleaned better.

As for final results of the surgery? I won't get that information until next Friday. All tumer surgery must go through pathology and then be reviewed by a board of surgeons and pathologists to determine the degree of success for the surgery and whether (or not) that further treatment is mandatory.

Don’t forget to keep encouraging SouthernGma and Kira Glock and her family.<
Even if you have posted before, post again. This is going to be a long fight for them and we cannot forget them. You can also leave messages in the guest book at Caring Bridge.< The website suggests to return often and write more encouragement. SG has postings there that will update you on Kira.
Jul. 17, 2010 10:50 am
Great news Mike Harvey!! Thank you so much for the update. I've been thinking of you daily since before and after your surgery. I'm so very glad all went well! Blessings to you!
Jul. 17, 2010 12:15 pm
We've been thinking about you Mike, so glad to hear that everything went well and here's to hoping the results are perfect for you!
Jul. 17, 2010 1:23 pm
best of luck mike, glad things went well, and i hope the results are favorable. thanks for posting.
Jul. 17, 2010 1:47 pm
Thank God you are feeling better. What a sweet granddaughter you have:)
Jul. 17, 2010 2:30 pm
Nice to hear from you Mike! Glad the surgery went well...good luck!
Jul. 17, 2010 3:49 pm
YAHOOO, congrats!
Jul. 17, 2010 4:50 pm
Yippee! I was worried about you. Mag
Jul. 17, 2010 5:14 pm
Great news Mike. BTW, your granddaughter sounds awesome, I used to get woozy bandaging a skinned knee. Take care of yourself...
Jul. 17, 2010 5:16 pm
DEEEE Lighted to hear you came through this with your humor and wit still in tact. We've all been thinking and wondering about you. Hang in there.
Jul. 17, 2010 6:24 pm
Wonderful news! I hope you continue to heal quickly and are back to normal before we know it.
Jul. 17, 2010 6:51 pm
Great news! I've checked each day to see if there was an update. That was a great surgeon to have no facial paralysis and a crooked smile might be charming. I guess you'll be on pins and needles until the path report. We'll keep praying.
Jul. 17, 2010 7:47 pm
Congrats Mike- I've been thinking of you lots!
Jul. 17, 2010 8:00 pm
WONDERFUL!!!!!!! Glad you were able to get home so quickly. I am sure you will heal well under the loving and watchful eye of you granddaughter! Give her a hug for me, wont you, for being so good to her grandpa! Thanks for letting us know how you are, Mike. Welcome home!
Jul. 17, 2010 8:56 pm
Oh Mike, I am thrilled that your ordeal went well! How cute of your granddaughter to be the little nurse. She must be the apple of your eye:) Very nice. Hey, she might just have a career in her future! Very happy for you and your family Mike. I know I have not posted on all of your blogs but Thank you for taking the time to read my 2 cents. Best of luck and God bless!:)
Jul. 17, 2010 8:58 pm
Really happy you decided not to give up on Us. You have already helped more then you know.
Jul. 17, 2010 11:17 pm
Great news to hear Mike! I'm so happy for you for both the success of the surgery and that rockin' 12 year old that's taking care of you! What a kid!
Jul. 18, 2010 4:02 am
Thanks for taking the time and effort to enter the update. Lots of people have been asking about you - many prayers and good wishes sent your way and they will continue. What a sweet grandchild! Hugs!
Jul. 18, 2010 7:13 am
So happy all went well! Best wishes and hugs being sent!
Jul. 18, 2010 7:47 am
Fantastic news, Mike!! And what a great granddaughter you have! Best wishes for the road ahead.
Jul. 18, 2010 9:18 am
Happy to hear your news, Mike. Will keep fingers crossed for next Friday. I just know it will be fine :-)
Jul. 18, 2010 12:08 pm
I am so happy to hear that the surgery went better than expected. I will pray for good news for you next Friday as well. Your granddaughter sounds very special.
Jul. 18, 2010 1:00 pm
I have been wondering how your surgery went. Sooo glad you let us know. Today would have been my Mom's BD so have been thinking of her, you and the others on my list. Glad to hear the news!!!! Keep us posted please! Cat
Jul. 18, 2010 2:54 pm
congrats! on the surgery! i'm glad you are back on the exchange. your story needs to be shared. continued recovery my friend.
Jul. 19, 2010 4:08 am
Mike, glad to hear you came thru with flying colors! Your granddaughter sounds wonderful - has she considered a career in the medical field? Keep us posted on the results. Take care of yourself!
Jul. 20, 2010 10:00 am
You have been in my prayers Mr. H! HSounds like that 12 yo grand daughter is going to be a welcome member of the medical profession. She seems to be well on her way. Keep us posted and know you are in our hearts for total and complete recovery!! Thank you so much for the inclusion in your post! You are one rare human being!
Jul. 20, 2010 6:34 pm
Way to go Mike!! Sounds like you had a great medical team, including your grand daughter. We are all rootin for great results on Friday.
Jul. 21, 2010 3:17 pm
Thank you Mike, we continue to keep you in our prayers along with little Kira. I am so glad you are staying...we need food for the soul and mind so much!
Jul. 23, 2010 7:09 am
Happy, happy, happy for you, Mike! That is great news. Sounds like you've got an excellent little nurse in that granddaughter.
Jul. 23, 2010 8:11 am
Thanks so much for posting Mike. Please know that through your story you touch many, many lives. We are all cheering for you.
Jul. 23, 2010 12:17 pm
This is a GOOD read - it's now Friday, so my fingers are crossed, and toes, and eyes!
Jul. 23, 2010 12:25 pm
I hope I keep hearing good things about the surgery you had! Thanks for the update!
Jul. 23, 2010 4:16 pm
Glad to hear you are doing well.
Jul. 23, 2010 4:18 pm
Great news looking forward to the "all clear" from the doctors!! God Bless!
Jul. 23, 2010 4:48 pm
Aren't recovery dopey stories wonderful! Glad you came through ok!
Mrs. C 
Jul. 23, 2010 5:51 pm
First time I have read your blog, and I am hoping you share great news in your next! I am rooting for you!
Jul. 24, 2010 7:25 am
Great news Mike! You have been in my thoughts. Thank you for updating us.
Jul. 24, 2010 8:11 pm
I have been following your journey, you have shown us how to face adversity with grace and dignity God bless
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At age 16, I began cooking when my mother was injured in an accident that kept her off her feet for five weeks. At first, my repertoire was fried hot dogs with pork and beans, boiled hot dogs with macaroni and cheese or pizza from a box. After a couple weeks of this, my younger brother was the first to protest and demand variety and my dad was quick to support him. That was my first cooking challenge, learning to plan a meal. About that time, mom returned from the hospital and from her bed, began teaching me things like roast beef, fried chicken, stews and all the sides and trimmings. In 1967, I married and my wife designated herself as the cook and this continued until 1999. It was then that I (voluntarily) began cooking again. At some point, I realized that I was having fun and began searching for recipes that were more challenging and interesting. I found AR and used it's recipes for a long time before registering and later becoming an active member.
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