Health Update for Polly and Bruce

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Regular readers know that my wife, Polly, has had a lot of health problems this year. I won’t go into all the details, but currently, she has a colostomy bag. Several weeks ago, Polly had another colonoscopy. The purpose of this test was to determine if she was a candidate for reconnection surgery. As things currently stand, Polly will have her colectomy reversed in late March 2020. (She will be off work for a month.) Left unaddressed is how best to treat her ulcerative colitis. Polly sees a gastroenterologist tomorrow.

Last week, I had a CT scan done of my chest. For the past year, I have had increasing pain in my underarm area and chest. A few weeks back, the pain was so bad that it doubled me over in the grocery store, and I lost use of my right arm. The CT scan revealed that a have a large — and I mean LARGE — cyst running from my sternum to my underarm and from collarbone to right breast. (I  told the surgeon that I was growing a third breast and joining the circus. Better to laugh than cry, right?)  When I am walking or standing, this cyst is putting pressure on the nerve bundle in my right shoulder area. This is causing my arm to turn numb and lose function. As of today, I plan to have the cyst drained on December 2. If the fluid returns — an all too common problem with cysts — I will have to have surgery to correct the problem.

This diagnosis does NOT address my ongoing weight loss, changes in bowel habits, sweats, periodic low-grade fever, and abdominal pain. I will likely have to see a specialist in Fort Wayne. If this has a déjà vu sound to it, you are right. I had similar problems a few years ago. Doctors found inflammation, along with a lesion on my pancreas. Is this round two? Time will tell.

That’s it, for now. Thank you for your words of kindness and financial support. Your love and charity are greatly appreciated.




  1. Melissa A Montana

    Here’s hoping you both have a good recovery.

  2. thatotherjean

    Best wishes to you both. It sounds as though things are progressing well for Polly, and I’m glad that you now know what is causing your pain and have an appointment to do something to alleviate it. I hope that the specialist will be able to figure out what’s causing your other symptoms.

  3. Byroniac

    Best wishes to you both.

  4. Ami

    The two of you have had a lot to deal with over the past couple years. I hope things start getting better.

  5. Diane

    Health problems are the pits. I wish the best for both of you.

  6. Steve Ruis

    Between the draining of a large cyst and hospital food, you should actually lose some weight! Hows that for a silver lining to a health cloud? Seriously, I wish you both well and good health in the near future.

  7. ObstacleChick

    Bruce and Polly, I wish you both an uneventful recovery.

  8. Becky Wiren

    Bruce, you know I wish only the best for you and Polly. <3

  9. cy

    Oh my, that is a lot of medical issues. I’m hoping that with this medical knowledge both of you can heal, or at least work to figuring out what you should do, to heal. (That saying, “Old age isn’t for sissies” is really true–as I’m finding out for myself.) Best Wishes.

  10. Cindy Freeman

    Sending good vibes your way for both you and your wife.

  11. przxqgl

    getting old sucks!

    i wish you both the speediest of recoveries.

  12. Astreja

    Hugs and best wishes to you and Polly.

  13. Sally

    We love you both, Bruce and Polly, and are with you in spirit.

  14. Lydia

    Thinking of you and Polly.

  15. DoctorDJ

    Sorry to hear this, Bruce. Best regards to you and Polly.


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