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 on: December 15, 2019, 05:18:52 pm 
Started by milky - Last post by milky
Hi guys. I finally got my laptop set up at my sister's, so can tell the story on a screen that works a whole lot better than a smartphone.

The operation was officially called a "partial glossectomy + bilateral neck dissection + tracheostomy + dental extraction + left radial forearm anterior tongue exophytic lesion". In layman's terms, they cut the entire left side of my tongue off (which contained the Squamous Cell Carcinoma), from the centre line. They then excised a chunk of my left wrist just where you would normally take a patient's pulse. This was important, because thy needed the arteries for the graft.

The flap was then grafted onto the tongue and shaped to form a rudimentary replacement, the arteries were micro sewn and the two halved joined. Then some skin was harvested from my thigh and grafted over the donor area.

Along the way 12 "chewing teeth" were also removed, although perfectly healthy. This is in preparation for the radiology which may be necessary to ensure all cells are completely eradicated. All I have left are the "biting teeth" at the front.

The operation was a complete success, the graft took well (they had two little Doppler sensors attached to my neck so that they could hear the blood coursing through the newly attached arteries). Because they anticipated that the tongue and graft would swell in my mouth, making breathing impossible, they performed a tracheotomy and I breathed through that until it was removed 8 days later. I am now waiting for the hole to heal over, so meanwhile, I have to press a dressing against the hole to speak or cough.

The prognosis is good, although I won't get the official verdict on that until 23rd, after all contributing surgeons have met and agreed on post-op management. The voice is still strong, but, sadly, I will probably always talk with a Donald Duck type lisp. This may improve as the nerves in the flap meet up with the remaining tongue nerves and it starts to react as a whole unit.

I am actually part of the way through exams to the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and I am in awe of the skills of the team who worked on me and can't thank them enough. I'll keep you updated as the journey unravels.

 on: December 15, 2019, 12:18:53 am 
Started by milky - Last post by Jammin' Adam
Good to read! Very glad things went well, didn't do too much on the birth anniversary, other than work and hope things were going good with you.

 on: December 11, 2019, 03:50:30 pm 
Started by milky - Last post by clover-leaf-productions
Well Done my Friend!

Now your prescription is simple; let those caring hospital types do their job, and take good car of you.  They will help you along your path to recovery.

You have been there for so many years helping others through difficult times.  It is part of your giving nature.  Now you have to learn to be a gracious accepter of care.  Your road will seem at an end before you realize it.  You will be felling more like your old self, back at home with the grape orchard, and enjoying some well earned relaxation. thumbsup

 on: December 11, 2019, 01:26:18 pm 
Started by milky - Last post by mixfm
Good to hear from you Milky. It sounds like the procedure went as planned.

I hope you're able to take it easy over the next few weeks as you re-learn those skills that - as you put - we mostly just take for granted.  I hope the prognosis is positive from here onwards.

 on: December 11, 2019, 08:15:17 am 
Started by milky - Last post by milky
Hi All. Just a quick note via my phone to let you know that the procedure went very well and I am in recovery. This will take up to Xmas as I learn to speak, eat swallow and all those things we mostly take for granted. I'll post much more details when I can get to a real PC. Forum software is not very smartphone friendly.

 on: December 09, 2019, 02:05:43 pm 
Started by Mike Sinclair - Last post by Jigger
I understand how you feel and agree, for me I only use Ots for pleasure now and still have 4 licences on various computers.
I have been on this forum since the beginning also before that with Jeff on another site so long ago I can't remember its name but it was no where near as good as this forum has been.
I wish you well and look forward to you popping in from time to time.
Also thank you for your contributions.

 on: December 08, 2019, 08:42:06 am 
Started by mikehende - Last post by mikehende
Hey guys, a local here from Sweden wants to get access to new music but mainly for Trans and Techno music, any referrals please?

 on: December 08, 2019, 06:43:33 am 
Started by Mike Sinclair - Last post by Mike Sinclair
I recently sold my final Ots license. I was hanging onto one of them on the off chance that the software might get updated and work with modern equipment. I've since let go of that hope. I know a lot of you guys are OK with the software in its current state, and if it works for you that way, I don't judge. It's just that, for me, I am disappointed at the lack of development, features and controller support. The behavior of midi changed with Esperance (and not in a good way). I've been a mobile DJ since 1987. I discovered OtsJuke in 99 and dove on it immediately. At the time, it was the coolest thing I'd ever seen! I miss feeling that way about Ots. I don't know if they made enough money selling it as a jukebox to bars and bowling alleys and realized they didn't need to cater to the mobile DJ community or what. But, whatever the case, it's been 20 years and we've seen very little in the maturity of this software. With all of that said, aside from the initial excitement of Ots, the thing I liked the most was you guys. This group has always been one of the best user groups ever! There isn't a lot of bashing here, just a lot of helpful, amazing people. Thanks for the many years of advice and patience and I sincerely wish all of you amazing holidays, health and happiness. I will pop in on occasion to see what's going on, but unless there's a major release, I don't see myself as an Ots user anytime soon. -Mike

 on: December 05, 2019, 03:51:08 pm 
Started by milky - Last post by clover-leaf-productions
I feel like an expectant parent all over again; and it's been many years since I did that pacing ritual.

I've got all of my fingers, and toes crossed for our friend the good doctor, and some good news that should be coming his way from his doctors! thumbsup

 on: December 02, 2019, 03:44:20 pm 
Started by milky - Last post by scott hanna
Best of luck. Thanks for all of your help to date

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