Getting better . . .

4 Oct

I woke up feeling a lot better today. I still didn’t sleep much at all . . . it is hard to find a comfortable spot with drains coming out of your back and sides and front (lovely, I know). Just when I sink into the pillows and think “Ah, I can rest now” . . . I move just an inch or so as I am drifting off to sleep and I feel a jab from the drains getting bumped by my moving slightly. The good thing about this surgery is that I can actually distinguish this kind of pain . . . before I was in so much pain that it was just everywhere. This is nothing compared to last go round.

But, the living alone thing has not gotten easier. I can’t lift much yet. So, cooking is kinda tough and just getting a glass of juice isn’t so easy. But, I am getting better and better every day. Today I am going to attempt a one mile walk (did a little over a third of a mile yesterday and it felt good to do that). So, hopefully today I will get to a mile and then two miles by next week. That is the plan.

Thursday I see my surgeon up at Cedars Sinai – my first post-op appointment. I am hoping to get my drains out on that day. That would be really great. After you get the drains out, you can usually shower again . . . woo-hoo!

Friday I see another doctor to follow up on what to do with my ovaries . . . lovely . . . and also to likely get a biopsy. I will be seeing my gynecologist – she is following cysts that I have on my right ovary. I am still waiting to get the genetic testing to learn whether I am BRCA positive. (My insurance company denied coverage of this $4,000.00 test – even though I meet the national guidelines for testing – so, I have to fight that battle soon and get the testing approved). The point is that if I am BRCA positive, then I will have my ovaries removed (women who test positive for the BRCA gene are more likely to get breast cancer and ovarian cancer).

I am looking forward to Thursday’s appointment . . . hoping to get those drains out . . . I know that some will come out on Thursday, but, hoping my surgeon removes all of the drains. Friday, I am not looking forward to so much as there is a possibility of having a procedure done during that appointment. So Friday may be a bit uncomfortable, I don’t know. Hopefully it won’t be too bad. Let’s just say that I am looking forward to Saturday! 🙂

So grateful to be feeling so much better. Can’t wait to be healed up from this surgery and back to my life!

Love and peace,


2 Responses to “Getting better . . .”

  1. Sandy October 4, 2010 at 10:17 AM #

    Look at you: typing out blog posts and going for walks! What a huge change since your last surgery! 🙂 I’m thrilled you’re doing so well. My mom sends her love. She says you’re “so intelligent and tough” when I told her more of what you’re going through. We both admire you very much.


  2. cancerfree2b October 4, 2010 at 10:35 AM #

    Awe Sandy, thank you and thank you to your mom too 🙂

    I am so much better even this morning than I was last night. It is great. I am really thrilled. Rest, and now, as of yesterday, walking, really helps a lot. But, I owe 99% of this different post-op recovery to having Dr. Sherman and having the surgery at Cedars. So grateful.

    I hope to see you soon, maybe we can go for a walk 🙂


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