Archive for January, 2011

Hazy Brain

January 28, 2011

Yesterday was my last surgery.  The anesthesiologist really did her job, I have absolutely no recollection of even the trip into the surgical suite.  None.  Yesterday afternoon and evening I was in a complete fog.  I managed to watch a little TV (about 10 minutes at a time) until I dozed off.  Tried to read, but only got a page or two further in my book until the book literally fell out of my hand.  I guess it was the residual anesthesia combined with the pain meds.

I came home with a super-duper pain ball…wear it like a fanny pack and I guess it delivers the meds directly into blood stream?   I dunno how it works exactly, but I also have two different oral pain meds, too.  And this time I am not shy about using them.  Every small physical move brings on an ouchouchouch…..

And still fuzzy in the brain.  I am actually having a difficult time tapping out this little post.

But I hear Dr. B and Suzi did a great job on the reconstruction.  Don’t know about that either, as I’m not supposed to peek under the dressings until I go to their office on Monday.  Seems like a long time away to me now.

More later when I have a bit more cognitive functioning.


an update-final surgery within sight

January 24, 2011

Wow.  It’s been 23 months since this thing began, and now I am staring right in the face of my last planned surgery in my quest  to find my way out of cancerland.

The last three weeks have been busy with work, husband, kids, food, Doctors appointments, EKG, compiling extensive family health history for genetic study and preparation for the big day, January 27th.  The actual name of the procedures is almost laughable:

Excision of Mass of left TRAM flap (well, excising a MASS isn’t really so funny), Removal Right Tissue Expander, Capsulotomy & Thoracoepigastric Flap, Augment with Cohesive Silicone Implants, Bilateral.

That’s the long way around saying, if the lump on the left is something to remove, it will be removed and biopsied.  The remaining left side will be augmented with a small implant under the TRAM flap (my own tissue that was moved “up there” last June).  The temporary implant that has been in the right side since May 2009 (and now feels about as comfortable as a softball under my chest skin)  is about to be removed and replaced with what has promised to be a fabulous breast.

While I’ve been told that it is a “piece of cake” surgery compared to what I’ve already been through, it is still  3+ hours in surgery, anesthesia, post op pain and swelling.  I am most disappointed with the idea of coming home with drain tubes though.  I don’t know why it hadn’t dawned on me before, but I didn’t realize that I’d have the drain tubes until the appt. with the PS about a week ago.  Sigh.  This is…not gonna be fun.

Jackson-Pratt Surgical Drain

I promise I’ll update here after surgery (probably in a Percocet haze).


Wish me good luck.

2010 in review

January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads “Fresher than ever”.


Crunchy numbers

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,800 times in 2010. That’s about 14 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 59 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 189 posts. There were 18 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 41mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was March 15th with 94 views. The most popular post that day was three for thursday.

from Kay-Lynne:  I won’t bore you with the rest of this report…but wanted to say Thank you for logging on and reading my blog.  For my friends, it is the easy way to stay up to date with my messy medical status, I appreciate you more than you know for your interest, love and psychic energy.  For everyone else, I hope something I’ve written has helped in your quest for information, entertainment, or inspiration.  Please pass my blog site on to anyone you feel might benefit as well.

Good luck, good health to all in 2011!