Friday, January 31, 2014

surgery day




The garbage truck rumbles in the distance.  Colton's alarm goes off at 6 am as he has school patrol today.  We're supposed to wake to a - 17 degree temperature, or as they called it on the news, "a normal cold day, for January." Yes, only in Fargo-Moorhead is -17 considered just another day.

All these normal things go off around me, but it is anything but a normal day for me.


In just a little over two hours from now I will be heading over to Sanford for my surgery.  Medically speaking, I'll be having a salpingectomy and oophorectomy.  Or as more commonly known, I'm having my tubes and ovaries out. 

Looking back, I realize, I never shared about the day I met Dr. Christina Tinguely.  I had her husband once, Dr. Matthew Tinguely as an oncologist who was on call in the ER.  He was the first one to admit me and he stuck with me all night long running tests to be sure the pressure in my chest wasn't anything too serious.

I know after meeting Christina Tinguely she said to me right away "Oh Amit, referred you to me.  I liked her right away.

She was calm and confident.  Even though she already had two surgeries planned for this day, she went ahead and scheduled me in as well, not wanting me to wait any longer.

So if all goes well, little to no adhesions are found, than I should be able to have a successful laprascopic procedure.  However, if she goes in and finds too many adhesions, she would have to change her course and go with a midline incision and then I would have to stay in the hospital for a couple of days.

I'm missing my early morning coffee.  I have no make up to do, or clothes to coordinate- loose and comfortable is in order for the day.

But its been an uncomfortable week.  The bleeding profuse.  The cramping painful.  This feels like a necessary surgery.  While I am not prepared for instant menopause with no replacement hormones on the agenda… I wouldn't have been able to go on for long in my current condition. 

A few weeks of recovery and then we will begin a new drug to help stop my cancer cells from growing and spreading. 

Jesus Calling, January 31

I am your strength and shield.  I plan out each day and have it ready for you, long before you arise from bed.  I also provide the strength you need for each step of the way… My Presence watches over you continually, protecting you from both known and unknown dangers...I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go."  

~All shall be well~ 

Will be back as soon as I can to update everyone.  Thankful for your prayers! 








24 comments:

  1. Sending prayers up that it can be done the easy waya nd recovery time short

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  2. Love, light and prayers sent your way today....

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  3. Reading, nodding, praying. And adding: menopause isn't so bad ;-) at least my journey through it was smooth. May it be the same for you too, my friend.

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  4. Praying for you all morning. Had to laugh when I found myself buying the thickest, bulkiest products lately... to provide chest compression for the dang seroma post-op. Been a while since I was in that aisle! And padding my bra after all this!? Really?? Your post-op laugh for the day. And the RT in me wants you to breathe deep and belly laugh - good for your lungs post-op!

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  5. and praying I will certainly be doing for you. much much love and i am praying God's blessings upon you. that this part will be a smooth ride. just remember, there are people praying for you from all over the place.
    X

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  6. My dear friend Vicky,
    I have been praying for you all morning, like so many others who love you. Prayers go up this morning from all over, holding you, just as Jesus is, during this surgery.

    So glad to hear a bit about your wonderful surgeon. That she knows Dr. P, and they are on a first name basis:),that says it all. :)
    All will be well, my sweet friend!
    Loves and hugs from Spokane!
    Linda

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  7. Prayers, prayers and more prayers!

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  8. wish i'd known this, as i was up at that time and could've prayed. well, i have a friend who says prayers are not time-bound. so i'm praying now. hugs!

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  9. Praying for you and your family today Vicky, and I will add to the other comment, menopause isn't that bad, with what you have been through, you will hardly notice it!

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  10. I was thinking about you last night and this morning...Many prayers going up in your behalf. It was only a few weeks ago that a High School friend (who had a double masectomy after finding breast cancer) shared with me that the Chemo put her in early menapause. and then many women came forward saying the same things..and I was shocked thinking..OH MY not only are they fighting breast cancer..they also all got thrown into early menapause! what a plate full! And due to trying to keep breast cancer at bay..they can't have the harmones most other use to help with all that! ... I am praying that all goes well, that the Lord blesses you with not having to many problems after....I have learned much through you and others...that I just was clueless about! Big hugs Much love and many prayers!!!

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  11. Thinking of you constantly my friend. Prayers. xoxo

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  12. What a glorious array of color to begin your day. Prayers that all is going well and you will soon be home again.

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  13. i just saw on FB that you're out of surgery and all went well….whew!!! but still, many prayers are being your sent your way!!!…xo

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  14. I only know to pray for healing, recovery and a path for the new meds to do the job. Much love and hugs across the country.

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  15. You are always in my prayers, my friend.
    Continue to take the best care of you, and know that you are covered in prayers.
    Love you,
    Jackie

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  16. Dearest Vicky- it is my prayer that you are testing comfortably and will be able to sleep tonight. I have had the instant menopause and in the big picture we will all take the heat of a power surge (hot flash) over the cancer critter any day. Hears to your recovery! Keep us posted- so thankful He gave you the reading he did!

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  17. I think of you often, praying for your comfort and recovery.

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  18. Praying for you tonite...hoping you're resting well and all went as originally planned. ♥

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  19. Oh, wow! I just did not realize that an open surgery was possible - I am praying that you were able to have it done laproscopically! I'm off to look for you on Facebook!

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  20. I don't check every blog every day so I did not know that yesterday was your surgery. But I do pray for you daily any way. I said a rosary today for you and the others for whom I pray. I hope all went well and that your recovery time is not too long.
    Prayerfully,
    Nonnie

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  21. Saw this last night and tried to comment from my phone. Couldn't do it. :( Your pictures--such beauty. Such faith. Wish I lived next door and I'd bring supper tonight! xo

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