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Before we talk about surgery . . .

I still have all my fingernails and toenails after my manicure and pedicure yesterday.  I’m sure you were all losing sleep worrying about that, so I just wanted to let you know that first thing.  🙂  Now that my fingers and toes are pretty, I’m ready for surgery.

Last night I celebrated with friends!  We celebrated chemo being over, my good PET scan results and just getting as far as I have in this fight.  We had dinner, chatted, prayed and just enjoyed being together.  I am so thankful for these ladies (and many others) who have helped in so many ways the past 6 months!

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Today Mom and I drove up to Nordstrom for a fitting for a post-surgical camisole and bra.  The camisole has pockets to hold the drains, (which look like grenades in pictures).  There’s also a large piece of padding I can use in both the bra and the camisole to adjust as needed so I’m not too lopsided when I am feeling up to leaving the house.  It was a very pleasant experience, even though I wish I had just been shopping for fun.  While I was finishing up the paperwork, I was able to chat with a women who had a mastectomy 17 years ago.  So many people have been through what I am about to go through and it was nice that even a total stranger, could relate (and give me a hug).

We had planned to stay at the mall and shop, but I was too tired, so we came home and took a nap. 🙂  The girls will be getting off the bus in about 30 minutes and we’ll do homework, practice the piano and they will go to AWANA.  At some point I’ll pack my bag for the hospital.  Tom will come home from work.  We’ll try to sleep as best we can tonight as tomorrow will be on our minds.

Now on to surgery . . .

Tomorrow morning (Thursday, 4/14) I check in at Valley Medical Center at 8 am, but surgery will not be until around 3 pm because of the sentinel node biopsy (testing a lymph node) and wire localization procedure (placing a marker in to help with surgery).

Tom will be with me at the hospital and I believe can be with me for most of the time up until the surgery.  It’s an all day date!  Woohoo!  How fun!  But seriously, I am looking forward to having time with just him to chat. 🙂

As you pray for our family tomorrow, will you pray specifically for:

  • Peace as we await the surgery and also as we await the pathology report after the surgery
  • Wisdom for the surgeons and nurses
  • Mom and the girls as they have a busy day of school and just normal things around the house
  • That the tumor has shrunk enough so the surgeon can get clean margins and be confident that she removed everything she needed to
  • That the lymph node biopsy will come back clear so only minimal surgery will be needed for that area
  • My blood sugar to not be a problem as I can’t eat or drink anything after midnight and surgery is a LONG TIME from then
  • That I will not be anxious about not having my glasses or contacts just before and just after surgery.  My eyes are so bad, it’s hard to be in a situation like that and have everything be very blurry.
  • For courage to share the gospel throughout the day as I’m wheeled around and interacting with a lot of people

Thanks for praying for our family tonight and tomorrow.  I have no idea what tomorrow or the days after will hold, but am thankful that I serve a God who does know and who promises to always be with me.

Christy is going to update my blog’s Facebook page throughout the day tomorrow when I can’t.  Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you’ll still be able to see the updates (but you won’t be able to comment or like them).  That is the easiest way for me to keep everyone informed of what’s going on.

Jennifer

 

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