Christopher Graham


Chapter 3 | Part 3: The Single Worst Physical Experience

by Christopher Graham
My urine output for the first day or two was actually quite excellent. So good, in fact, that they removed the Foley catheter. I wasn’t sad to see that one go. I think we may have gotten the nasogastric tube out by that time too. But even though my kidneys had made good […]


Chapter 3 | Part 2: Admitting You Need Help

by Christopher Graham
Your perception of time changes greatly in the ICU. It’s very, very easy to get disoriented. You’ve just been through one of the most physiologically stressful things your body has ever experienced. You’re in an unfamiliar room with tons of lines, tubes, and monitors hooked up to you, in just barely manageable pain, […]


Chapter 3 | Part 1: Waking Up in the ICU

by Christopher Graham
One of the places on earth where you least want to find yourself, is in the surgical intensive care unit of a major academic medical center. You can be sure that something has gone very wrong in your life indeed, when you wake up in one of those. People in any kind of […]


Chapter 2 | Part 5: HIPEC and Dealing with Tubes Everywhere

by Christopher Graham
The other big part of the treatment for peritoneal mesothelioma, in addition to trying to remove all of the big, bulky disease you can see on the inside, is heated intra-peritoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) in the OR, pumped through the belly, while they place you in different positions throughout that part of the case […]