(mom [carla])

Steve (& Libby) were able to leave the hospital later yesterday (Monday). The pain issue seems to be more under control. The plan is to be in Minneapolis until Steve is able to travel and then they will return to Fargo so Libby can get back to school and Steve can recover from his surgery.

(mom [carla])

Surgery went well. It was 3 hours and 21 minutes long plus he was in recovery room over 3 hours. The break is quite a set-back. In 2-3 months we will know if it is healing properly and it will take up to a year to know if it is totally successful or not. Steve has been in extreme pain. It is taking longer than after the amputation for the pain to be controlled.

(mom [carla])

Steve fell and fractured his femur (on his left leg–the stump)and will have surgery on Friday at Riverside Hospital in Minneapolis. Dr. Cheng, who did his amputation, will be doing the surgery late afternoon or early evening. Please keep him in your thoughts.

(mom [carla])

Discharged–hopefully forever!! No more chemo!!! Steve did have a delay because he has clostridium difficile–a colitis type infection. Because of that he did not excrete the methotrexate (chemo drug) as quickly as usual. BUT he is DONE with those awful chemo drugs. He will be continuing measurements for his prosthetic leg and on Feb. 20 will have complete scans, etc. to make sure that he is cancer-free. It has been a long journey, but with all the love, support, and concern of all of you, WE MADE IT!!