Twas the night before my surgery

August 25, 2009 · 7 comments

….and all through the house,

not a creaturewell, the boys are sleeping ….the dog is out…. ah, screw it, I can’t even get past the first line! hehe

So tomorrow morning, I will get up and head to the first of two buildings of U of M hospital.  My first visit is to nuclear medicine, where they will inject a dye into my leg to find the node that they need to remove and take x-rays or photos or something of said dye-injected leg.

By mid afternoon, I will be at my second building for the actual surgery (x2).  The surgery (-ies) will remove fairly large area around the mole that was originally removed to make sure there is no remaining melanoma in the surrounding cells; the second surgical area is wherever they find that node, but probably right in the crease of my leg.

Here, in no specific order, are my concerns:

  1. That they will find additional cancer cells in either the surrounding area or the node (obviously)
  2. That they will screw up and use steri-strips, thereby giving me hives
  3. That they will either screw up, or be unable to find, an antibiotic that won’t cause an allergic reaction.
  4. That I will be nauseous after the surgery (I don’t do well with feeling good after anesthesia)
  5. That I won’t be able to use the crutches, thereby falling on my face and hurting the crap out of myself post-surgery.
  6. That I won’t be able to move around effectively enough for Mike to go back to work on Monday.
  7. That I’ll pass out from being STARVED for so many hours (and that I won’t be able to eat – see #4)

So I am nervous….cautiously optimistic….hoping for the best, preparing for the worst. Honestly, it doesn’t seem real. I mean, almost like it’s not a real cancer – seriously? a freaking mole?? How can that be serious?

Here’s the thing…I know it’s CANCER, but compared to what my cousin went through, it’s almost nothing.  He is a vision of strength; he has come so far in a year and I am amazed by him.  I’m not discounting my own experience, but any person that can go through 13 hours of surgery to have a tumor removed from his brain and go back to work as a firefighter has my utmost respect.

Alas, it is still a fairly major medical procedure and I do truly appreciate all of the thoughts, prayers, good mojo, whatever that you all are sending out there for me.

I’ve got my iphone loaded with games, music and videos (Alias, I’m looking at you to get me through this!).  I intend to tweet as I go, lean on my love who will be spending the day with me in waiting rooms (but at least HE gets to eat and drink!), and keep everyone updated.  I have a stack of magazines waiting by the couch and Canada Dry in my car (my go-to sick drink).

See ya’ll after!


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annettek August 26, 2009 at 7:58 am

Sending all my good thoughts, prayers and love. I hope everything goes well today and they get every last cancer cell out of you. xo
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TwoBusy August 26, 2009 at 8:58 am

Good luck — all fingers & toes here crossed in hopes of a thorough ass-kicking for you today.
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AndreAnna August 26, 2009 at 9:16 am

Thinking of you today! Good luck and keep us posted!
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moosh in indy. August 26, 2009 at 11:24 am

I’m crossing my knee creases for you that the node will be nodething. (HA!) Best wishes for no barfs but mostly NO CANCER!
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Audrey at Barking Mad August 26, 2009 at 10:52 pm

Sending loads of prayers and positive thoughts your way. Was so glad to see your tweet earlier. Had been thinking about you off and on throughout the day.
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flutter August 27, 2009 at 2:23 am

be well, babe.


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