Okay. last few weeks have been hectic and busy. I had lots to do to get ready for this surgery, but fortunately . . . it's over.
My last chemo was two weeks ago (yay!), and the surgery was two days ago on Monday. Everything went quite well, I'm happy to say. Currently I am in very little to absolutely no pain. I do have to wear a drain (crap!), but it's only one this time. Remember my last two times with the mastectomy and reconstruction, I had FOUR drains hanging from me --- for a month each time. Yikes!
I wasn't a bit nervous. I guess this is something that I am becoming used to, so it's not that big of a deal. I had great bunch of people work on me. I got to see Keith again (a tech in the operating room) who helped put in my port four months ago. He said he remembered me, but I called BS on that since I don't look a bit like I did back then. I remember being a bit buzzed up and may have said some strange things in the op. room, like "I would like to see hands up from anyone who was out partying late last night!" That got a chuckle out of the group who were getting ready to work on me. But a girl can't be too uninformed on who is gonna be chopping on her bod! FYI none of them had apparently been whooping it up the night before. Aw come on . . . AARP magazine says that oldsters like me can't be too careful. ASK QUESTIONS!
As was told to Hubby by the surgeon while I was in recovery, the tumors had not shrunk in size, but rather, had gotten bigger! Huh? Four months of chemo and it didn't help much? They removed Tier One and Tier Two of the lymph nodes, but left Tier Three, which is very good, because removing the third tier is where complications and swelling of the arm come in. That was the main thing that I was worried about. I did not want to spend the rest of my life with an elephant-sized arm and being in pain a lot.
Anyhoo, I have three to six weeks of light duty. I tried getting as much yard work and trimming done before, as possible. One portion of our land got flooded a few weeks ago, and I didn't get in to mow it, so Hubby did that for me yesterday. Sweet.
I had my first gig at The Woodbridge Building. It turned out quite nicely. A lovely family rented it to have a wedding gift reveal party. They had their son's wedding and reception on Saturday night, but needed a smaller venue for the brunch/present-opening party. I took a few pictures the night before, but didn't have my camera with me when the caterer set up the food, but I'll show you what I took.
I spent last week having "sleep-overs" with my grandson, since my daughter was out of town. He was so good. It also helped that his regular babysitter was there for him right after school, so I didn't have to come too early in the evening. She also did some activities with him, like bowling, driving go-karts, etc. My specialty activity with him is going to our favorite haunts (Goodwill, Stuff Etc., and Salvation Army) to look for things we can't live without. It was a fun week. Love him!
Yesterday was September 11th. Yup, Nine-Eleven. Everyone seems to remember exactly where they were seventeen years ago. I was able to visit Ground Zero some years back, and have been to Shanksville, Pennsylvania twice. Very emotional experiences. Let's pray that something like this never happens again.
More thoughts and prayers for the people along the East coast who are currently anticipating Hurricane Florence arriving. Take care!
Tah tah. Keep the good thoughts going.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND GOD BLESS OUR COUNTRY