His Journey with Cancer

Congratulations to this years NHL Alumni Ace Bailey Award for Courage our man Earl!!!!!

Darby and I (along with 26 others) were there to accept the award for him. It was a grand event, but could never compare to the grandness of Heaven.

Jul. 7, 2007

Hi Everyone,

Sorry it's taken so long to post an update, but the computer in our lounge on 11 south was not letting me post. I have located another computer so here you go.

Earl had his surgery on Thursday July 5th, and after 7.5 hours it was an amazing success. Everything went just how they planned and the prosthetic fit like a glove. Apparently Earl has very strong bones and it was quite a task for Dr. Wunder and his team to carve the bone and make the fit. They gave Earl an epideral and then put him to sleep (he also has a personal pain pump, which he held on tightly to for the first 12 hours or so). When he woke up in the OR they said he was chatting and happy that the tumor was gone. He really has experienced very little pain, and they are now weaning him off the morpine/novacaine and switching to percocet. Each day they reduce it by 25%. They expect to start some physio today and would like to try and get him up by Monday. Dr. Wunder says that under best case Earl could be out of here in 2 weeks, but if he is here for 3 weeks, they will start his chemo.

Dr. Wunder is not too concerned about the nodules they found in Earl's lungs, and says that due to the fact that the tumor responded so well to the chemo, they are unconsequestial. He and Dr. Wong will keep a close eye on the lungs.

Earl does have a phone in his room 416-586-4800 ext 4652

You can also send him care mail https://www.mtsinai.on.ca/CareMail

Dale was here on surgery day to keep me company, Darby is here for the weekend and Earls first foster mom Janine will be here all next week. So we are doing well.

We do like to here from all our friends and family so please keep in touch.

Love Debbie & Earl


mike.bw said...

Hey Earl!

It was awesome to talk to you on Thursday after your very successful surgery. You sounded so happy and enthusiastic, and of course a little loopy from the morphine!

I told the guys and Rose the good news - everyone was impressed and relieved, to say the least. Chris especially wanted me to send his best wishes and congratulations.

If your recovery goes even half as smoothly as your surgery, you'll be up and about in no time, for sure! I'm really looking forward to your return to Winnipeg, but hope you get to enjoy some quality time in my home town.

If you and Debbie are looking for some wicked thai food, don't forget to check out the Salad King at Yonge and Dundas. Ask for Linda, and tell her I sent you.

Talk to you soon, and congratulations again!

your friend,

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