We'll it's almost 7 am on Friday morning, and I've been up since 6 am. Chris and I have to wake up throughout the night to empty the 4 drains and to take a mix of different meds. I'm not going to lie, I had to break down and call Dr. Proffer's office to discuss pain management with them. They had given me hydrocodone that I was taking every 6 hours, but the problem was that I couldn't keep my pain down at that interval. Also, I'm taking valium for muscle spasms but I'm still getting those too. They aren't as bad as they were before however. I guess all that is just par for the course, but it still stinks. They called me in a new pain med that is stronger, and it seems to be helping more. I tried to start off in my bed last night and made it until about 2 a.m. before I moved to the couch. Then, I was off and on sleeping the rest of the night. You know I thought I was a tough cookie before I had this surgery, especially after having major back surgery, but this has been kicking my butt. I'm hoping that each day will get a little better.
Yesterday Peggy Smith, nurse navigator with Harrington Cancer Center, called to tell me about pathology reports from surgery specimens. She said that the hard lump that I had found originally was still GRADE (not stage) 3 and was about 2.7 cm. Then, there were actually 2 non-invasive areas under this area that they removed. They were able to get clear margins around all of the masses. Dr. Arredondo was originally going to take 2-3 lymph nodes to test them but they decided to go ahead and take more (11 to be exact). Out of the 11, only 2 had some micro calcifications or whatever word she used in them. This means that it had begun to go into the lymph nodes slightly but not too far. She still doesn't think I will need radiation though. She hasn't sent off the cancer for that ONCO testing yet because Dr. Pruitt will be back in office on Monday. She wants to talk with him and also coordinate with Dr. Arredondo about everything and see if we are just going to do chemo. If that is the case, there is not need to send it off for ONCO testing because that was going to just tell us if we needed chemo or not. I think they want to probably do chemo since it had gotten into those 2 nodes. Anyway, I'm just glad to be cancer free at this time regardless of the brutal cost I had to go through to get there.
I took my first bath last night with very little water to wash my lower half. Chris helped me with the upper half, and then we went to guest bathroom for me to lean over so I could wash my hair. It felt so good to do that after not getting to for several days. My chest area has been draining pretty good through those drains but seems to be slowing down some. I have a lot of numb areas expecially on the left side of my chest, under my armpit (axilla for you medical people), and down the backside of my left arm to my elbow. Peggy said some of this should come back. I haven't been brave enough to take off the ace wraps and padding they have in place. It makes me feel safe like having a breast shield, and it is serving as compression to the area. I'm not going to lie about this either, but I'm not sure I want to see what is under there. I may wait until Monday when I go to Dr. Proffer's office to see it. I need to mentally prepare some for that still. Anyway, thanks to everyone that came up to the hospital on Tuesday while I was in surgery. I heard it was a very large crowd and I know that Chris and my family really appreciated it. People have already been bringing us meals, which is such a blessing since I barely get off the couch these days, Thank you for that. Please call, text, or come by if you want. I know many people said they wanted to do this but were hesitant to do so. I don't mind company or talking to friends or family. Hopefully today will be a better day. God is healing me each day and continues to be the center of my thoughts and prayers since he is my strength through this. I've enjoyed spending more time with him daily. God bless. Shay
There is another update below this one that I did on Wednesday if you haven't read it.