I had my lumpectomy surgery at Holy Redeemer Hospital yesterday.  Just as I was about to leave the house, Nan surprised me and stopped by to give me a good luck hug and lots of positive, healing energy. Fran and I had decided to use my car, so I picked her up. She was wearing a pale pink shirt and jacket and carrying a pink quartz stone given to her by my surgeon, Dr. Beth DuPree. The only pink I was wearing was my underwear.

Once we arrived at the hospital, things progressed quickly. I was taken back to the day-surgery area and prepped — oh those exquisite warm blankets. The nurse had trouble accessing a good vein which was a bit uncomfortable. Fortunately, she gave up and called for another nurse.  Fran was allowed to come back at that point, and I was wishing that she could have hooked up my line since she is a home infusion RN for Jefferson Hospital. The second nurse successfully got the line going, and Dr. DuPree stopped by to touch base. While we were talking, I suddenly started to cry. I’m not exactly sure why, but I guess it was triggered by an immense sense of feeling vulnerable. I got hugs from both Fran and Dr. DuPree which made me cry more!

Dr. DuPree was ready to roll, but we were still waiting for the anesthesiologist. He finally arrived and introduced himself as Dr. Bradley — I asked if that was his first or last name — Dr. Joe Bradley. I told him I wanted the least invasive airway possible. I hate general anesthesia and always get a sore throat from the airway. He promised me he would take good care of me.

Dr. DuPree and a nurse both walked me into surgery, and she held my hand while we were rolling. I was still feeling a little weepy. They got me onto the surgery table, and announced that I was about to be put under. Dr DuPree later told Fran that I said at that point, “Nectar of the Gods!”

Everything went smoothly, and I woke up in recovery, feeling very thirsty and shaking from the anesthesia. The nurses were great and managed the pain quickly and efficiently. In no time at all I was taken back to the day-surgery area where Fran joined me until I was discharged.  We left the hospital around 2:15 in a downpour, stopped at the drugstore for the pain prescription, got a bite to eat, and then home.

Fran stayed with me until she was confident I would be OK alone, and later Wendi and Nan both stopped by with flowers and dinner. I was pretty groggy, but spent the bulk of the evening curled up on the sofa with ice and “the girls.” They both knew something was different and stayed very close.

Pathology results will come back in 2-3 days, and hopefully they show that there is no metastasis.

. . . and so it is

9 thoughts on “surgery

  1. Loretta Shatt says:

    Sounds like it was smooth sailing especially with your wonderful friends there and Dr. DuPree and staff. (Had to read that twice about your only pink atire 🙂 . Will await your next entry but in the meantime am sending you lots of love.

  2. So glad to read your report! More glad it went smoothly and you were comforted and supported all the way! Your strength and sense of humor prevail. Good to shed some tears! Great way to reduce some of the stress you have been stoicly holding in. Sending love! ~Hillary

  3. Diana says:

    I am SO glad to know the surgery went well and am confident you will get good news during your follow-up visit. You have a really strong support system – that’s the BEST thing about all of this – you get to see who your friends are…and that they love you!! Tears? Thank GOODNESS!!! It took me about a YEAR to cry over my cancer, even though I knew it was over and done with. We are given tears to wash away a myriad of things…including the tension of that moment. Take good care! Love, Diana

  4. Cathy Guenzel says:

    Kerrigan & I send our love & hugs. Can’t top the wisdom that has recently been expressed here in these friends’ replies. You do have a wonderful support system including those from afar (Willow Grove). Let the “girls” be near. Cathy

  5. Bilie says:

    I’m so glad to get this news…in and out is always best, it’s no good hanging around in those places! You’re so lucky to be surrounded by friends Deb. Wishing you a speedy recovery and good news at your next appointment.

  6. Lyn says:

    So relieved to read today’s entry and hear about your loving support system. Everyone in the Gentle Water class asked about you today and send their good thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. Remember. I remain only an e-mail away if you need anything as you recuperate. With warm regards, Lyn

  7. Fran says:

    Nothing can top the warmth of loving friends! As for tears, they are sometimes like a good cleansing rainstorm – then when it is over the glorious sun shines forth. Looking for a sunny report in your next posting.
    Love, Fran

  8. kyleann says:

    Your candle blazed brightly yesterday and I took it as a good sign. I’m glad to know that it was so. I’ve also experience tears prior to surgery and I remember that mine were a sense of unbelievably endless gratitude for the love that surrounded me and those that were with me when I was so scared. I’m happy you are D-U-N with that!

  9. mgrookett says:

    When I had my surgery two nurses couldn’t get a line in and Dr Levy was waiting for me in the room. She ended up doing it herself and as I was going under she had a tape of the Rolling Stones playing “I can’t get no satisfaction” She told me afterwards that I said it was the story of my life that I couldn’t get any satisfaction and the entire surgical team cracked up in laughter! Every follow up visit I do and it has been 10 years she asks me if I am getting any! Peggy Sent from my iPhone

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