I’ve been out of surgery for almost 24 hours now. It went very well. All the margins were clean, which means that the tumor has been completely removed. Whether or not the cancer has spread remains to be determined. I feel optimisitic, however. The care I’m receiving is top notch.
They’ve made some pretty drastic adjustments to my body! Pictures soon! I’m currently attached to many tubes. I’m catheterized.. There’s an 8 inch incision going straight past my belly button. This is closed with staples. no kidding. There’s a sump pump inserted into my abdomen through this incision, to suck out any liquid that builds up. An IV into my wrist dripping gatorade. And a tube going into my spinal column delivering the good dope that’s keeping me pain free (and doing an amazing job!).
I was in and out for most of the afternoon yesterday. But perked up at night and didn’t end up getting much sleep. From around 12:30 to 4:30 I took a bunch of 30 second naps. I’m in a room with 3 room-mates, and there’s a lot of action. Constant checking of vitals, changing IVs, pulse-ox alarms going off to no avail, room-mates snoring, TVs blaring with no one watching etc.. They said something about moving me to a quieter room for tonight. We’ll hope!
uf… can’t keep my eyes open. More in a little while.