A journal of my experiences with breast cancer to inform those who are interested and to help any one else who might have just been diagnosed.

“[She] will have no fear of bad news; [her] heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” Psalm 112:7

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Re-Incision

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Well, I can pretty much say that my re-incision surgery in Delaware was about as opposite as you can get to the one in Tennessee. The differences also embody the stereotypical differences between the north and the south. This hospital was quick, efficient but not as friendly whereas Sycamore Shoals was warm and empathetic, but not always the most able in terms of getting the job done. 
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Joseph M. Belgrade, M.D.When we arrived at Christiana Surgicenter at 10:30, the waiting room was quite full with all sorts of people, including small children. On the wall was a large screen that had rows of numbers, which turned out to be patient numbers, on it and beside the numbers were the status of each patient. Steven commented, "I hope our flight isn't late." It truly did seem like an airport flight list. No one but the patients and the medical staff were allowed behind the doors, even for the pre-op preparations. It was all the things to raise my anxiety. It was a wonder that my blood pressure turned out to be a low-normal!
After all the undressing and dressing into gowns, the pre-op paper work and general medical information gathering (blood pressure, temperature, pulse, etc.), the anesthesiologist came in and reviewed what would be happening. The surgeon came in to see if I had any questions, which I didn't. He seemed very different from how he was when I met him in his office. In his office he had seemed efficient but not very warm. He seemed very happy and very concerned with me and how I was feeling. It seemed as if he loved his job, which I guess is what you want in a surgeon. Next I was escorted to a smaller waiting room with others of us in our hospital gowns and surgery caps. This was the worst part in terms of anxiety. It almost seemed ridiculous, it was so un-calming.  
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After a short wait, that seemed unbearably long, I was escorted to the operating room and was introduced to everyone in the room, which was about eight people altogether. (It is a teaching hospital, so there were a student doctor and a student anesthesiologist.) I laid down on the operating table and they got things ready for the surgery and soon I was getting the anesthesia in my IV and the next thing I knew I was in the recovery room.
I had explained to them about my severe dizziness and nausea that I had experienced post surgery for the lumpectomy, so they had given me medication to prevent it from happening again. It must have worked because I was much better this time. They gave me Coke and saltines to settle my stomach and that is all I needed. I was in some pain so they gave me a pain reliever and then I was ready to go home. Steven was soon there and it wasn't long before I was in a wheelchair and wheeled out to the van to go home.
It was good to be home, and it was good for it to be over. I must say that I am feeling a bit lighter on the one side, so he must have taken a good chunk. : ) I will know in a week whether the margins are clear.
Please keep us in your prayers.

“O our God… we have no power to face this… We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” 
2 Chron. 20:12

12 comments:

  1. Glad you are done and home!! Praying for a quick recovery from this round.

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    1. I am feeling quite well and strong already, so I think it will be a quick recovery. Thank you all for your prayers. It makes all the difference!

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  2. coke and saltines to settle your stomach? I don't know that i would have thought of those two for it.

    I would have found that waiting area horribly stressful too.

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    1. It is a more Northern way of doing things. I cannot say I am not unfamiliar with it, but I will never get used to it. The crackers and Coke worked quite well.

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  3. I think from what you describe from the numbers in the first waiting room to the second waiting room with all the other patients would be enough to make me for one want to walk out. Glad you are home and will be praying for a quick recovery.

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    1. It was amazing to see how many surgeries went on at the same time, and I assume every day! It certainly felt assembly line in the preparation process, but I really think the actual surgery was top-notch, and that is what counts!

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  4. I'm glad for you that it is over and you are recovering well! You're in my prayers, Phyllis.

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  5. I'm so glad that this was easier on you. Praises all around!

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  6. Thankful for success and sending you some Southern comfort and prayers!

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  7. I had a lump investigated recently. Mercifully it turned out to be nothing but the stress waiting to find out was enormous and gave me a tiny insight into what all this must be like for you. I'm praying for you, Phyllis.

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  8. I am praying that the margins will be clear. Praying for you.
    Blessings, Dawn

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  9. I ask you to forgive me for neglecting to check on you sooner. I'm glad it's over and that the doctor seemed more friendly and caring this time. A good bedside manner goes a long way, I think. Still praying.

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