12 hours post-op

Aug 30

I am doing well. As the day continues, my brain is clearing and the anesthesia fog is lifting. I snoozed off and on all day, and have generally felt relaxed and comfortable. Dr. Awesome came at 7:15pm to check on me. She works loooong days! She said all went well, and was very attentive to my post-op care. The nurses here are excellent and thorough. Brad was here most of the day and has now gone home to the girls, and I had several lovely visitors. I’m looking forward to a good night of sleep. Tomorrow I should be discharged. Life is good. Thank you for your prayers! They mean so much to...

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The View in Room 1522

Aug 30

The Writer has been admitted to the top floor of the hospital with a fabulous view of Burnett Woods, and has just arrived in the room. The nurse is checking her in. She is in some pain, her color is nice pink cheeks, pink lips, not wearing any oxygen and is talking clearly and following the events of the morning as relayed by Brad. She is warm, and has disgarded her surgical bonnet – which when The Writer says is warm – she is………… she is so frequently cold. She is wearing hospital socks – with just blankets on the main part of her body. The IV access that is in her right hand when she left for the OR is still going well, (not like her mother’s 5 IV sticks). She wants the head of the bed elevated, and is very calm and drowsy, but not goofy or super sedated. “My peace I give to you, my peace I leave with you” Today God has really shown us that He listens to prayers – and He answers them. Thank you to all the prayer warriors. – from the blog of the Rozzinator (Jen’s...

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Surgery Update

Aug 30

Hello, everyone :-). Hubby here … I won’t try to replicate my wife’s literary prowess, but wanted to update everyone. Surgery is over. Everything went well and as expected. Dr Awesome feels confident that she got clean margins. Jen is in recovery and we should see her in about an hour. Bottom line, we’re doing well people. God is all over this! Another step forward and we can see His fingerprints on everything. Can you believe the liver results from last night? The cancer is out. Joy and hope are in. We’re doing today...

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Prep

Aug 30

I am wearing my hospital gown and I am snuggled under the first of what is sure to be many warm blankets today. Before we left the house I kissed my girls while they slept. Miraculously, I managed not to cry (though I am tearing up now as I type this.) Brad and I held hands on the way to the hospital. I am blessed. I am ready: “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” -Psalm...

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Praise

Aug 30

Sometimes blog posts are eloquent and wordy and deep.  Other times, the writer has to leave for surgery in three hours and is too tired to be eloquent, or wordy, or deep. But sometimes, the message is such that it doesn’t need eloquence. At my PET scan review last week, Dr. Wonderful ordered follow-up MRIs of my spine and my liver; I had the MRI’s on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  The goal of all of these tests is to ascertain whether or not my breast cancer has spread to other parts of my body.  These are weighty and important tests. A whole series of random events took place that sent my brain into a tizzie about the MRI results, and caused me to call him at home.  Tonight I spoke to Dr. Wonderful about my test results.  Yes, I called my oncologist at home. “Hi Dr. Wonderful, I’m so sorry to bother you.  I got a message from Nurse, and I don’t really understand what she said, and I was wondering if you could explain the MRI results to me.” Dr. Wonderful, “Well.  They look great.” Me, spluttering, “They do?  Both of them?  What does that mean?” “Yes, they are completely clear.” Me, still spluttering, “Nothing at all?  On the liver?  Wait, didn’t the PET scan show liver spots?” Dr. Wonderful, carefully explaining, “Yes, the PET scan showed activity, and that is why we did the more anatomically accurate MRI.  The MRI is the more specific test, and we go with the MRI results.  Your MRI is clear.” He continues, “This is great news.” Me, “OhmygoshIcan’tbelieveit.  Dr.Wonderfulyouaresogreat.  Thankyouforworkingsohardtogetridofallthecancerinmybody!” Him, smiling.  (Probably.  We were on the phone after all.)  “As far as I’m concerned this means you have a clean slate heading into your surgery tomorrow.” Me, standing on tippie toes, twirling.  I blubbered on.  There was more conversation.  We laughed.  I didn’t feel stupid for calling him for non-urgent test results.  It was a happy call.  I got off the phone and spread the news.  There was squealing. After my PET scan, I had held fiercely to a sliver of light, of hope, that I could still be cancer free.  Tonight, with these results, that door that was...

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