Jim began to get some ear infections and what looked like a stye in his eyelid, but after several visits to the Palauan docs all he could get were antibiotics and was told he had a plugged tear duct. The small bump became a big lump and was obviously not going to go away.
Through all of this the doctors and staff have been top notch, all the way. Not only is Jim getting the best of care, but it is all free. They even provided a hotel room for the first couple of days before Jim was admitted. I got to stay in some pretty nice digs, the Fisher House, which is there for families of vets undergoing treatments.
Although they said they did not see any more cancer cells in the material sent to the pathologist during the surgery, there was more found in the bone samples and so now Jim has to undergo radiation. He has to wait for 6 weeks after the surgery (around the second week of April) to begin 6 weeks of radiation which is not going to be fun at all. But we are so glad the doctors are being thorough, aggressive and careful. Fortunately this is not the kind of cancer that is likely to spread, however it could come back in the same spot and the next time Jim would most definitely lose his eye so we are in complete compliance with whatever the docs want to do. Furthermore, Jim will need another small surgery to tighten up his lower eyelid which droops now and a rigorous schedule of doctor visits. She wants to see him every 6 to 8 weeks for the first year or so, then back off a bit to every 3 or 4 months, slowing down a bit until the 5 year mark. This puts a big crimp in the sailing schedule and we are trying to see how we can work around that now.
We are staying in Ferndale, just a few miles from our daughter, Kelly. We kept our tin can trailer so it was just a few hours and we had it set up in a park. Home Sweet Home. Getting to see Kelly and visit with old friends is a real plus, but we do miss the boat and are anxious to get back to Palau. We hope to be back there in July and continue on our way.