Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Surgery Prep

I'm in the midst of trying to check things off my three neon-green posted To Do lists in my office, but wanted to write a quick note. My surgery is this Thursday (Yom Kippur) so I'm working hard to be sure my work projects are taken care of before I go. My mom is coming in town tomorrow (Wed) and surgery is first thing Thursday morning. For those who want to ask, but don't know how...

I'm having a lumpectomy along with an axillary lymph node dissection. Translation: they are taking out the lump in my breast (or what remains of it now that it's been shrunken down by the chemo) and all the lymph nodes under my left armpit. I'll have two scars. They say the lumpectomy is super easy, not a big deal. The lymph node part is a bit trickier post-op. Apparently Mother Nature doesn't like a void, so she fills the empty space where my lymph nodes were with fluid. I will be sporting a drain out of my underarm when it's all done, and when the fluid drainage slows down (in a week or two), I then go have the drain taken out. Not all women who have a lumpectomy have the lymph nodes taken out, too. In fact, I think most don't, but because my cancer had spread to my lymph nodes there, they take them out to lower my risk of recurrence.

I'm probably spending Thursday night at the hospital (by my request) so I can get more rest and so I don't scare Rory, as I know I'll look tired and pale following surgery. This way, I'll have recovered for 24 hours before she gets home from school on Friday and I'll look much better. I'll be up and around, hopefully, just with some limited mobility on the left arm, dealing with the drain, and of course, two surgery scars. Wow, that all sounds much worse than I'm anticipating this will be! When they did my biopsy back in May, it was pretty easy for me, so I'm hoping this will be pretty similar.

Other than a nasty cold that got me last week, I'm feeling good and ready for this. You may see a lot of posts from me as I may be resting with a laptop nearby a lot over the next week or two. So, feel free to drop me a line and say hi. Thanks for all your prayers and happy thoughts!!


  1. Schmilly,

    I'll be sending you all the positive vibes I can muster on Thursday. (Well, especially then, but all the time, actually.)

    Following your journey has been amazing. Thanks for continuing to be so open and wonderful.

    Now, back to my post-its!


  2. good luck girl- i am thinking about you! hoping it's not too painful

  3. We will be waiting to hear from your mom on Thrusday,and you know
    that all our thoughts and prayers will be with you. You have such an
    amazing attitude with all you have
    been dealt and on top of that a 2 year old, I don't know how you do it.

    Aunt Nancy & Uncle Danny

  4. You have been in my thoughts all day. I hope that everything went smoothly. I look forward to an update saying all is well. I'll give you a call in a few days!

  5. Good luck Jill! I am sending lots of prayers from Friendswood!