Thursday, April 30, 2015
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
I don't really have anything to say. But today is day 600 so I figured I needed to post something, because that's a lot of days to do anything - it's especially a lot of days to spend fighting cancer.
I'm feeling a little sorry for myself today. I don't have very many "woe is me" moments, but this latest surgery has knocked me down farther than I expected. It was, in the words of my brilliant plastic surgeon, a "quick outpatient revision surgery". Ha. The operation itself may have been quick, but there's nothing quick about the recovery. Since I've never had liposuction before, I started looking stuff up online to see what it says about recovery. One site says most people can return to work the next day. Obviously I am not "most people". Taking a shower wears me out, and you want me to work? Another site says that most people describe it as looking and feeling like you've taken a severe beating. Yep. That about sums it up.
I am bruised. The outsides of my thighs are black. Not black and blue. Just black. I have bruises down my sides and across my stomach. And liposuction doesn't make you thinner. At least not right away. It makes you swollen! As bad as it looks now, that's how much it hurt over the weekend. The soreness has eased up a lot, so I'm able to move around a lot better. I even shaved my legs in the shower today - go me! However I wouldn't go so far as to say I am feeling good. I've been running a low grade temp for the last two days, and everyone knows a fever for whatever reason makes you feel like crud. On top of that, I keep getting a nagging headache. The places where Dr T injected fat to even out my chest are sore and swollen. My poor pain pills don't know which part of me to fix first!
I have to wear a compression garment, which is basically like a girdle from my chest to my calf, and going to the bathroom is a monumental task when you have to struggle in and out of this contraption.
I feel like a wimp. This surgery, compared to some of the others I've had, is really relatively minor. I guess the cumulative total of five surgeries in a year and a half, plus chemo and radiation, just really takes a toll.
Sometimes being a champion cancer patient is hard work.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015
I had surgery today. My plastic surgeon wanted to even things out from my reconstruction, so he did a bunch of fat grafting and lipo.
His office told me that my surgery would be at noon, but the hospital called yesterday and said we had to be there at 7:30am. Needless to say, after work we immediately packed, dropped the kids off with their Peepaw and headed east. We had a nice dinner date at Cheesecake Factory in Dallas before we checked into our hotel. We even brought dessert back to our room - yum!
I'm glad we ended up going last night and didn't have to get up early and drive this morning before my surgery.
Things didn't start out so good when it took three tries to get an IV in. That never happens to me - usually they get it in one stick. The hospital we were at is brand new - as in only open for a week! Everything was sparkling clean and modern. I had great nurses and anesthesiologists, and of course I love Dr T. He always draws on me with a Sharpie ( to mark the areas for surgery) and he was in hog heaven with a 20-pack of different colors to choose from!!
Thanks to the IV episode my surgery started a little late, but it was only supposed to last an hour or two so it was not a big deal.
While he was marking me I told Dr T to do lipo wherever he wanted LOL. I don't know if he did enough to actually make a difference, but I hope so since I've gained a ton of weight. Being surgically thrown into menopause and the estrogen blocker I'm on keep packing the pounds on. I hate it.
I am going to be bruised everywhere from the lipo. I have marks on my arm and hand from the IV and already my torso is black and blue. The three hour ride home wasn't uncomfortable, but we did get caught in a massive hailstorm. I haven't worked up the courage to go inspect my car for damage.
I'm incredibly sore tonight and the compression pants I'm wearing literally take my breath away. But this is just one more step in this long process. I'll probably have another surgery identical to this in a few months and then, other than routine tests and appointments, I will hopefully be finished!
On a side note, my mom has reached double digits in chemo treatments - only three to go! Unfortunately, because chemo effects are cumulative, it's getting harder and harder for her. She's been home from work since her treatment Tuesday and having a hard time with neuropathy, stomach upset and fatigue. All par for the course, but no fun for her. Please keep her in your prayers. You got this Mom...I love you!
Sunday, April 12, 2015
The Lady Diamonds aren't just about softball. That team, the girls and their families are MY family. We are so blessed to have such wonderful friends in our lives, and we enjoy hanging out on and off the field. We shared a lot of laughs, some simple but tasty meals, good music, adult beverages at the campsite and some nailbiting moments during the games.
I'm happily exhausted and ready for the next one!
Friday, April 10, 2015
Tonight my restless legs syndrome is acting up really bad. I can't sit still, let alone lay down long enough to go to sleep, even though I'm so tired! I've tried two different medications tonight, and just now doubled up on one of them. Hopefully soon my muscles will chill out enough for me to fall asleep.
As a sports-loving mom, there's nothing better than watching my kids play. I've always loved football and I'm so glad my son does, too. It's an added bonus that I get to look forward to his school football games in addition to watching my Cowboys and our Wylie Bulldogs. What surprises me, though, is how much I love softball. Watching K play, coaching her team, helping out on the board of our league.... it's so time consuming and exhausting but I truly enjoy every minute of it. Now that Hubby is coaching our team, it's a family affair. He has a soft spot for those girls, and watching him with them melts my heart.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
She went from this: