Ralph News

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by N Gauger, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    I got this one this morning :) Good News!!


    Hi, everyone -

    I know you are anxious to hear how Ralph fared in his surgery today. I'm happy to report that things went as well if not better than hoped. It lasted four hours - a lot less than the 8-10 hours originally projected. The surgeons were able to remove all the cancer, they said, without complications. A portion of his colon, the "tail" of his pancreas, his entire spleen and about half of his stomach were removed. The stomach will stretch out after awhile, so eventually he should be able to eat normal portions again. He will be in the hospital for at least a week, with the first two days in ICU (with no visitors other than Susan). As soon as he's out the doctors will start an aggressive chemotherapy regimen to do everything they can to deter recurrence of the cancer. His surgeon told Susan to expect that he'll be a "sick cowboy" for quite awhile.

    Van and I and several close friends waited with Susan today during the surgery, and she was feeling very positive about how things were working out with Ralph. The last two days had been very difficult for him, she said, as he was getting sicker and weaker and was starting to experience some pain. He was very relieved to arrive at the hospital this morning where he knew he would be getting help.

    If you're in the Twin Cities and want to visit Ralph, you'll want to wait until at least the weekend. Also, please remember not to bring flowers or balloons as they are not permitted in the cancer recovery area. If you'd like to send him a card while he's there, the address is: North Memorial Medical Center, 3300 Oakdale Avenue North, Robbinsdale, MN 55422

    That's all to report for now - I'll be in touch later this week. Thank you everyone for your continuing prayers for Ralph and Susan!

  2. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Great news! We are keeping him in our prayers!
  3. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Yes, yes, fantastic news. That's what we've all been praying and hoping for.
  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

  5. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    Sure am glad to hear this news.
    It's like some light at the end of the tunnel.
  6. interurban

    interurban Active Member


    It`s so good to hear good news.
    I`ll send a card asap.
  7. rksstl

    rksstl Member

    Thanks Mikey, Great news made my day.
  8. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    In the long dark of life, there are moments of brightness. Prayers, now, for recovery.
  9. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    I`ll need Ralph`s surname at least if not the ward#.
    So the card will get there.
    Mikey can you help with that please.
  10. ausien

    ausien Active Member

    Thats great news to here, I would like to send a card, but by the time it coverd the great expance of the miles between our 2 countries, he would likely be home by the time it arrived, so hope someone will just pass along my good wishes for a full recovery to him and his family...have a good one ralph...steve
  11. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    My best to Ralph, good to hear things are going well. My thoughts and prayers will be with him.
  12. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    That's Great News :D :D
  13. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  14. Tad

    Tad Member

    That sure is good to hear.
  15. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member


    ...happy for you Ralph. Keep up the good work!

    Mark :wave:
  16. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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