#16 Becky’s weekend update on Tom

Tom had a rough day on Saturday. The pain in his abdomen was really intense; not so much from the incisions, but as a result of his digestive system trying to work again. Doctor’s orders were to try to eat tiny amounts of really soft foods so his system could get used to processing things again. But that’s a lot easier said than done. He didn’t feel like eating, and when he did he had significant pain.

He’s doing much better today. He’s managing the soft foods better and if he continues to progress, he’ll move to soft solid foods tomorrow. He’s getting in at least 6 walks around the floor every day now too.

He’s been here long enough that the cycle of hospital workers—which seems to be about 3 days long—has changed back to the original group again. The hospital staff (food service, housekeeping, etc.) see him walking and then smile and wave enthusiastically from across the floor. They seem happy to see him again.

If everything continues to go well, he will be released from here on Tuesday. A lot of things must continue to go right, however, in order for that to happen. We’re confident it will happen though. As wonderful as the folks are around here, it will be nice to bust out of this joint.
Thanks for your ongoing support. It makes a huge difference to both of us.


  1. Ray Denny on February 19, 2017 at 2:10 pm


    Thanks so much, so good to receive good news!

    One day, becomes two, then a week, then a month. Right now, best wishes for HOME on Tuesday.


  2. Paul Spitzer on February 19, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Congrats on kickin ass Tom!

    We’re proud of your courage and stamina, most couldn’t deal with it like you do.

    Mb & I are in Del Mar today (Sunday) preparing for the movers on Weds.. who knew we could cram so much junk into this place!

    Hope we see you soon, keep up the good work, know our prayers and love is with you!

    Mb & Spitz

  3. Jan Easton on February 19, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    So very glad for this positive update! Our bodies sure are amazing! Praying that Tom’s body will continue to adapt to all the changes it needs to make! Blessings on all of you! Love, Jan

  4. Theresa Toyn on February 19, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    It is great to hear of Tom’s progress. My prayers continue for you, Becky, Tom and your family. I lost my Fiance, Com Lane 3 months ago to Cancer.
    Tom’s knows Colm. The support of family and friends is what is helping me put a foot forward to cover grounds to recovery.

    May heaven bless you with more strength and a quick recovery for Tom.


  5. Heather Perilman on February 19, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Stay strong Tom and family. I am sending every good thought your way.

  6. Mark L. Maxwell on February 21, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Hi Becky,

    We have been thinking about Tom, possibly going home today, so I thought I would check in…how’s he doing?

    Much love,