July 3, 2017
I was planning on arriving at the Ambulatory Surgery Center at 8:45 but they called me just before 8:00 and said the doctor was running ahead of schedule and I could I come on in?!? So, I got out of bed, called Sue who was ready to go and we arrived about 8:20 or so. By 8:45 I had checked in, had vitals taken, and was dressed in one of those little hospital gowns that are open down the back!! Pretty soon, I had seen the doctor, had an IV in my hand and was being wheeled into the operating room. I remember moving over to the other bed but that’s about it. Everything went well and I was able to dress myself, get into Sue’s car and off we went to the main event of the day – Waffle House!!! We were both hungry and we had a nice breakfast. How can you possibly go wrong with a waffle and bacon??? It was very good tasting and I am glad to report that it didn’t make me sick at all. One of the nurses said not to eat anything greasy – thankfully bacon is not greasy!!! Yeah, right!!
Sue dropped off my pain pill prescription and then we went to my house. We watched a program on Netflix that is like House Hunters except that it’s in England. We saw some of the most beautiful houses and countryside. Actually, Sue saw more than I did because I kept falling asleep but I still enjoyed the shows. Sue went back and got my pills and then we decided that since I was doing just fine she went home. I spent the rest of the day napping and watching television. It was a nice day and I was not even very sore.
This photo shows the lengths I go to in order to be part of the holidays. I was red, white and blue just in time for the 4th of July!! I had gotten a little sunburned the day before, the site of the incision was pretty much white and evidently I had some bruising below the incision site which looked pretty blue.
By bedtime, I planned to take the pain meds to make sure I slept well, but after looking up Hydrocodone on my phone, I decided I didn’t really need them. Those things look kind of dangerous and I wasn’t hurting too badly. I did have to sleep in my bra since I had gotten another biopsy for the research study. I did not have a great sleep but I did okay. This morning I was more sore than I had been yesterday but it has never gotten really bad. I did pick up a plant waterer and quickly put it back down since it seemed to ‘pull’ on my sore spot!! Won’t be doing that again. I can do things with my right arm and hard, including driving, but I just make sure I do it pretty slowly. The doctor said no lifting of heavy objects, including grand kids, for two weeks so that’s going to be sort of tough.
I’ve decided that I should get a little more active than I have been, so I went for a walk. It was only about 1/3 of a mile, but I sure was worn out at the end of it. I expect the chemo treatments to make me tired, but I think that staying somewhat active won’t hurt me at all but might help me. If I can keep it up – I’m a naturally lazy person, for sure. Then Sue and I went to Longhorn to some supper but we won’t ate pretty healthy and refused any bread. Now I’m more concerned about gaining weight throughout the process than I am about not eating enough – I figure laying around and watching tv is not what I need to do.
I am getting kind of nervous about the whole thing. Twice today, I had minor issues – a stiff, tender finger and a fever blister – and immediately mentally blamed them on the chemo!!! I know I haven’t had any chemo yet, but my mind is ready to blame everything on it. I think it’s going to be an ‘interesting’ mental journey in addition to the physical journey. I still have one whole day before the chemo starts on Thursday morning and I am not looking forward to it. Sue got me a nice fuzzy emoji blanket to take with me to the chemo session, so that’s something to look forward to. I guess I can also look forward to enjoying just nicely sitting there reading or napping for 3 hours or so on Thursday morning.
Here are the photos of my gifts I couldn’t put in the last post.