Another Surgery Done

I got the girls off to school this morning and watched TV for a few minutes before Linda came and picked me up.  I talked with Tom on the phone for a bit too. 🙂

We checked in this morning around 10 and only waited about 5 minutes.  Then they took me back, I signed a bunch of papers and changed into my gown.  It looks ridiculous of course, but a hose attaches to it and I can control the temperature.  I just love these and have had them for all my surgeries. 🙂  Linda and I agreed that someone needs to make these for home use!

I’m not sure of the conversation between Linda and the nurse as the anesthesiologist was trying to find a vein to put my IV in, but I think because of it, I was able to keep my glasses on until I fell asleep and then I woke up with them on!!!!!!!!  What a HUGE blessing that was.  It was the first time I have ever seen the inside of the operating room.  It was not as exciting as I thought it would be, but I am thankful everything was not totally blurry.  I remember the anesthesiologist moving my arm and putting something in my IV and then I was waking up. 🙂  How lovely!!

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The Night Before Surgery (Again)

It’s another “Night Before….” post.  It’s so strange to think I’m having surgery tomorrow.

Today was very ordinary.  I went to the gym after I got the kids off to school, ran a few errands, took our 6th grader and a friend to the local taco truck for lunch, had 3 extra kids in our house to hang out and play and enjoyed an eggnog latte while chatting with a neighbor.  Now the girls are watching TV and I am doing a little Thanksgiving prep.  It was just a regular day here.

But that all stops at midnight when I will all of a sudden become starving and dying of thirst, because I know I can’t have anything.  Haha!  Hopefully I will be asleep at midnight. 🙂

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The Amazing People You Meet

I’ve said before that it’s sometimes difficult to get up in the morning and go to my “job”.  I haven’t had a job with set hours in 11 years, so this having to be out of the house each morning thing has taken some getting used to.

While I was really dreading it at first since I was worried it would rob me of my summer, like chemo and surgery robbed me of the school year, it’s actually been a really nice summer so far.

I LOVE routine!  Our home operates much better when we have a routine going.  Radiation has forced us to be on a routine Monday – Friday and has made the summer go much smoother (at least so far).  The weather has been HORRIBLE, but the girls love going to someone’s house to play every morning and many afternoons we have fun plans as well.

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Radiation Week 2 – Done

We are adjusting well to this new routine of daily radiation.  I’m enjoying getting to know my technicians well and have met a few ladies in the waiting room this week.  So far no side effects and I’m feeling really good.  I even have sore muscles from working out! AND it’s a 3 day weekend – no radiation on Monday because of the holiday!!  Yay!!!

On Monday when I met with the Dr. he said to expect side effects to start after 10 treatments.  I’ve heard from others to expect them about half way through.  Who knows when and if they will appear, but so far this “honeymoon period” as the Dr. called it, is fine.  It’s nice to not be in pain (except for the sore muscles from exercising.  It’s nice to not have any fatigue, only a tired body from going to the lake and riding bikes with the girls. 🙂 (more…)

Radiation Day 1

Uneventful.

That one word pretty much sums up radiation day 1.

I was in the room less than 15 minutes.  We waiting around to talk to the Dr. (who I meet with every week).  He was in the room for about 30 seconds since we didn’t have any questions.  Haha!  He greeted us, logged into the computer and glanced at it for a second. Then he asked us if we had any questions.  We said no.  That was it.  Seriously, 30 seconds.

Backing up a few hours…I slept horrible last night.  I kept waking up.  I finally got up around 5:20 and tears starting flowing as I thought about what was coming.  Not tears of fear, but of sadness that I had to go through it, even if it is easier than chemo and surgery.  It’s still something and it’s an every day something for what seems like a very long time.

As I spent time in God’s Word early this morning, Isaiah 26:3 was an encouragement to me.  “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You because he trust in You.” 

A note card with this verse on it is sitting on my kitchen counter as a reminder to keep my thoughts on the Lord and not on the machine that will be zapping me 33 more times.

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I got a tattoo this morning

I got a tattoo this morning.  Well actually two of them.  They are just little dots.  Nothing special.  Supposedly they look like a freckle, but THERE ARE SO MANY SHARPIE MARKS ON ME, I can’t really see them very well yet.  Sigh.

This morning, I had my measurement appointment for radiation.

I started off in the gown changing room, where I put on a very stylish hospital gown and locked my clothes and purse up in a locker.

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Another Surgery Done

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My day in 20 sentences…

  1. Another surgery is done.
  2. It went well.
  3. I had no anxiety before (or after).
  4. Praising God for another uneventful procedure on this journey.
  5. I have a new and improved body part.
  6. It looks worse now than when I left the house this morning.
  7. I have another drain.
  8. I’m wearing my surgical camisole to hide it AGAIN!!!
  9. My breast has an indent from the suction of the drain (temporarily).
  10. My chest, left shoulder and abdomen are colored from iodine.
  11. I can’t shower ’til the drain is out. (Can you hear me crying????????????????)
  12. While I hate my short hair, I am yet again thankful for it. (See #11.)
  13. I am not feeling itchy after surgery!!!!!!
  14. Dinner smells really, really good simmering in the kitchen. 🙂
  15. Tom and I talked about work.
  16. I played many games of 2048 on my phone.
  17. I took a nap.
  18. Tom and the girls are playing Wii while I rest in bed.
  19. I’ve taken 4 Tylenol since I’ve been home.
  20. I’m tired and having hot flashes.

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Depression After Surgery

I was not prepared for Thursday afternoon.  I can’t pin point it to anything, but all of a sudden I went into this deep depression.  All I wanted to do was cry and curl up into a ball on my bed away from everyone.  Hoever, it’s uncomfortable to lay in that position and I had 2 very concerned family members in the house that didn’t think I should do that.  They wanted me to get out of the house.  I knew that I should, but I really, realy, really didn’t want to.  Like I said, I just wanted to be left alone to cry for a long time.

Nothing is horribly wrong.  Yes I have cancer, but it’s not something new.  I just had surgery a week ago and I’m feeling good, far better than I ever did on chemo.  And I don’t look as physically horrible as I thought I would after surgery.  I am sporting this lovely necklace right now… (more…)

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