Lots of pain yesterday. I cut the opioids back asap because I am worried about constipation. The pain may force my hand, but I'm trying to hold out on lesser meds. The lower part of my tummy feels just fine; you would never know two lymph nodes were removed, although I do have mild numbness over the tops of my thighs, which is unpleasant and I hope goes away. My upper right quadrant feels OK, too, but the upper left, not so much. Apparently, that was where all the parts came out, and that's where Dr. R removed the last pieces of my peritoneal lining. Its very sore, with a tight pinch by my stomach. I can feel all the food moving around in my tummy and transverse colon -- no fun. I think the surgeons gave me a super tight tummy tuck as an added bonus! I hope I can come to terms with my new body and I hope it's a body I want to continue living in. Despite the discomfort, I enjoyed visiting; thank you to everyone who stopped by this weekend. Especially grateful for my parents who flew in from Colorado to help. [...]
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We are home. I walked 1.5 miles this afternoon, in slow puttering adventures on our street. I had a few farts, and am really looking forward to getting my gut going tomorrow. My abdomen is very sore from the 5 incision holes and all the air they filled me up with to get a good look-see in the back recesses and caverns. But pain meds are working and I hope for another good sleep. [...]
Hi everyone -- sorry for the delay in posting. Michelle finished surgery shortly after noon. We are thrilled it was laparoscopic; recovery will be easier than for a large incision! As you can see, she is already up and shuffling down the hallway.[...]
I just finished my pre-op appointment, getting my vitals scrutinized and the details to prepare for surgery. Most interestingly, I got my latest CA results. My marker fell another 4 points, to 18! After 7 weeks of taking high dose cannabis formulated to kill cancer, my marker decreased by almost 50%. Sometimes the crazy conspiracy corners of the internet are true. [...]
Anxious countdown: 12, 11, 10 days until surgery. Nine days until I have new incisions -- will they be big or small? Will they break my sternum again? Will I leave the hospital with all my organs? Or will my spleen and the tail of my pancreas be staying behind? Such a twisted knot of emotions, desperately wanting yet equally dreading surgery. I am trying not to think about the struggle of recovery but instead focus on the goal. Eight days until cancer free!! [...]
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