Thanks everyone for so many well wishes. I met with my doctors (12 surgeons surging) this week and on January 6 will have an exploratory laparoscopic surgery and biopsy to see what is going on with the local recurrence. It could be quite terrible (2 tumors looming), it could be rather innocent (2 scars a-scaring), or who knows what (3 colon birds). Only 2009 will tell. It did not light up on the PET scan, which is good, but that does not mean it cannot still be something terrible.
If it turns out that I do have a terrible problem at the original site (chute) then, well, let’s not go there unless we have to — it might involve a trip to Pittsburgh (3 hours a-driving). If I don’t have a big issue, then (ladder) I will have a portal vein embolization (PVE) in my liver during the same hospital stay (so, maybe the 7th) and then (ladder #2) liver surgery a few weeks later. The liver (peck) as the ancients knew — think Prometheus — can quickly regenerate (peck) to something like its original size (one liver living).