I am so sorry about not connecting with you all yesterday. All I can say is what a day it had been- what a rare mood I was in.........Matt and I sat for 12 hours watching other families come and go while waiting to hear how Becky was doing- our imaginations were a bit skewed. We got word at 12 noon about the mastectomies then waited and waited and waited. I am sure you all can identify!
Becky is doing just fine....didn't I say that once before?
Let me go back to yesterday Friday 6/24/2011: We checked into the Pre-Op area in Yale New Haven Hospital at 6:30am and after many professional visits and many questions Becky was on her way at 8:15am. The first surgery - the mastectomies were completed by 12 noon and the MD told us that the left breast and lymph nodes were cancer free so the surgeon removed her left breast. The sentinel node on the right cluster of lymph nodes had cancer cells so she removed the whole cluster with the right breast.
The second surgery was the long one of reconstruction- they used Becky's tummy fat to reconstruct new breasts. The surgeon was finished by 7:15pm and we were able to see her at 8:15pm once she was settled in ICU. She was alert and somewhat oriented. It took awhile to get her pain under control but Matt and I were able to head home at 10pm.
Today Saturday we arrived at Becky's room in ICU at 8:30am to find her a bit flustered and having issues with being so drugged. She knows she wants to be pain free but she feels as though she is in someone else's body. She is thirsty and itchy- we will be changing her pain meds.
Later today she will be up in a chair, tubes removed and transferred to a private room on a Med-Surg floor. If you would please continue praying for the swelling to go down, the pain to be under control and her emotional state. The tears have started (due to the drugs) about what would have happened if she hadn't bought the bracelet or did her self examine- just 7 weeks ago. She feels such a urgency to tell women not to wait , not to put off self examines, pay attention to your body!!
PS The power of prayer always amazes me- I was praying with her this morning during her teary moments and encouraging her to let herself feel her true emotions. I prayed for an awareness of HIS presence, the washing away of the pain and the peace that goes beyond our understanding - she was able to relax and the fogginess inside her head is gone- (her words). She is now sleeping and very relaxed.
More later, Deb