Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Step One √

Surgery is done, tumor is removed and nodes are being dissected at a lab somewhere. It was a long day of waiting yesterday (what else is new!). I had to be at the hospital at 8:15 for an appointment to inject radioactive particles into my lymphatic system so my doctor could find the lymph nodes easily. 'It'll sting a little,' the tech told me. And man was that an understatement! That was the most painful thing I've experienced to date.

Then I was to check into surgical day care even though my surgery appointment wasn't scheduled until 3:30. I'm not sure why I couldn't have waited at home but that option was never presented to me. Finally at 3 I said goodbye to Sam and followed the nurse to the operating room where she got me up on the table and then chatted with the anesthesiologist about chocolate chip cookies while I fell asleep.

Unfortunately the morphine made me quite sick afterwards and very dizzy. All I wanted to do was curl in a ball and go to sleep but Sam made me dress and drove me home (with my eyes shut the whole way). It was good to fall asleep in my own bed.

Some things I remember from today...
  • painful radioactive injection
  • kind nurse Dave who put in my IV without any problems
  • It was Bunyan removal day in surgical daycare
  • Funny German lady who blamed unplanned cesareans for making her appointment late and her diabetic husband who wouldn't eat no matter how many times she told him to do so. (I think he ended up having a candy to placate her)
  • My OR team talking about baking while they put me under
  • The kind nurse in post-op who held my hand while she took out the IV and with tears in her eyes asked how I was doing with everything.
  • Finally the clean, peaceful house (courtesy of mom) and the two great kids who greeted me when I came home. I think they were disappointed I wasn't smurf blue - only slightly tinged with green.
It'll be 2 weeks before we know anything more. So more waiting but it feels different this time. Maybe the Tylenol 3's with codeine are to blame for that. They are definitely to blame for the lack of deep thoughts today and the things I find uproariously funny in this post that most of you will just scratch your head at.


  1. i should get over there to see you in your cute and dazed state to see if i can get you to say anything outrageous or reveal some deep dark secret. offer for help is always open!

  2. I totally get your humor Heidi, if I was there we could have a good laugh and then "sigh" together! Glad step one is done! Still praying!

  3. Bunyan Day.... at first I thought you meant "Paul Bunyan"....hahaha.

  4. l am so sorry you had to endure so much pain Heidi.Any one else who inficts pain tell them your dad is 6 4 and will deal with them.Every family member in Ontario says hi and are praying for you.I wish i was there to hug you.You are too far.Tell everyone who are caring for my heidi thankyou.Tell your hot mom that i miss her alot.love dad

  5. If you ever need a hand in the operating room I do actually have the Play mobile set...so let me know if you need another surgeon ;) Or one with better bedside manners.

  6. Praying for you as you wait. Shirley