Surgery day and lazy day

October 2, 2017 Monday and October 3, 2017 Tuesday

I’ll tell this the best I can but I’m sure I’ll get some details wrong.  And I’m writing this the day after.

I was still awake at 3:30 am – just didn’t want to go to sleep cause I didn’t want to wake up and have surgery, I guess.  I did get up about 9:15 or so and took a shower with that red surgery soap again.  It was a long shower.  Then I got dressed and went out to wait on Sue – certainly couldn’t spend any time on eating or drinking anything.  I wasn’t hungry but I was thirsty.  We got to the hospital in plenty of time and headed over to the surgery waiting room which was pretty full of people, I suppose they were waiting on a friend or family member in surgery.  Then they called me back and I got into my gown opening down the back – yay- and my special socks. It took three painful sticks to get the IV in and I was really glad then that was over!!  When Sue came back there, she commented on how cold it was in there.  I asked a nurse about it and she said it’s kept cold to keep  down bacteria and all.  I guess that’s good.  Sue said she was warmer in the waiting room and luckily that’s where she got to wait most of the time.  The surgeon was running a little late but when he showed up, things started happening.

I was wheeled back to the operating room through hallways filled with stuff.  Someone commented that they would be glad when construction was finished so I guess it’s a temporary problem.  The operating table sure was small.  My arms just fell down straight toward the floor until they pulled out some little arm holding tables – strange.  My nose started itching as soon as she put the oxygen mask on me but then she “scratched’ my nose with the mask when I complained about it.  She kept telling me that she would really take good care of me. I never really got worried about the surgery – I guess I trust them to do their jobs and to do a good job!!

The next thing I knew, I was waking up in the first little room I had been in and the nurse was trying to dress me.  Sue said I had been awake some but I sure don’t remember it.  All I could do was move my foot a little – I thought it was hilarious that they thought I’d be able to walk to the wheelchair – one whole step away, to the car – about three steps away, or to the sofa from Sue’s car – about 20 steps!!  The nurse asked what I wanted to put on and I said my gown, so Sue went all the way to the car and got it for me!!  That was so nice.  It’s amazing how fast she went – even though I knew it was a long way there and back, she was back with my gown in about two seconds!!  Amazing!!  They finally got it on me – without my help, I expect.  I was in a lot of pain – as soon as they started moving me, I HURT under my breast – red hot searing pain!!  They gave me a pain pill – they had just given them to Sue – and from then on, I felt no pain.  Course, I was basically unconscious.  I did take the steps needed to get in the wheelchair, to the car and to the sofa and then I moved no more.  For hours!!  Four hours, Sue said.  I was sometimes aware that she was moving around her house or of her cat playing with my feet but basically I was out of it!!  When I woke up, I felt much better and ate some crackers and drank some Gatorade.  At least there was no pain unless I moved.  I didn’t move much!!!

Later, Sue helped me to bed and I slept well except for when I had to get up and go to the bathroom.  I thought I needed to go to the bathroom but since I had had so little fluids, I didn’t really need to go.  At one point, I jerked awake and continued to jerk for a while – I don’t know why but it quit after I went back to bed – that was strange.

I slept until about 9:15 or so and went back to the sofa.  Sue cooked us a good breakfast and I enjoyed it tremendously.  She took really good care of me.  About lunch time, we picked up my stuff and got in her car.  I stayed in the car while she went to Kroger to get me a few things that I didn’t get the other day.  Then we went to Choo Choo BBQ and got me lots of BBQ to do me a few days.  I’m now well stocked for food.  I might not leave the house for a week!!

I have mostly just laid around today – I took a nap for a while even.  I have not had a pain pill yet today because I’m not in a lot of pain, unless I move a good bit.  I may take one tonight right before bed or I may not.  It’s quite early – not even 6 pm yet – but I decided to go ahead and write the blog now.  If anything really interesting happens later tonight, I’ll tell you about it tomorrow night.  I did get on the scales a few minutes ago and it looks like I’ve gain 10 pounds – TEN!!!!!   I know part of that is the gown and socks, but I hope a lot of it is liquid from the hospital.  My hands are swollen so maybe it is.

As surgery recovery goes, this has not been too bad.  Could not have taken care of myself though so I’ve very thankful that Sue took such good care of me.  For sure!!!!

Author: melaniesjourneythroughcancer

I am a retired teacher who was recently diagnosed with triple negative ductal breast cancer. I decided to write this blog to record the actions and emotions that occur as I make this journey through the cancer experience.

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