Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Thirty Six Days...From M to M
In 36 short days, I will have gone from my first mammogram ever, to a skin sparing mastectomy of my right breast. A self-breast exam most-likely saved my life. (Speaking of that, have you completed your SBE lately?) As much as I think I am prepared for surgery tomorrow, I know that I am not fully prepared for the realization that I will wake up from anesthesia, with only one breast.
I am to report to Coliseum Medical Center at 8:45 a.m., Wednesday morning. All of my pre-op admission paperwork, blood work, EKG, etc., were completed on Friday, so that's out of the way. From what I have been told, I will receive some IV fluids for approximately two-hours. I will then receive an injection of a radioactive substance for the sentinel node biopsy. Read more about it here.
My bag is packed, and I have a list of last minute things to pack in the morning. I'll wake up in the morning, and try to have a "normal" school morning for Griffen and Arleigh. We have decided to let Adelia accompany us to the hospital, as she certainly won't be able to concentrate at school tomorrow, anyway. My wonderful parents have been here for a few days, and will be there for support and comfort...not only for me, but for Jeff and Adelia, also.
I am humbled my the continued outpouring of prayers, well-wishes and love from my friends. To say "thank you", is not sufficient. As always, I know that the journey I am traveling, is much easier knowing that I have God and the support system that I do.
My Facebook will be updated throughout the day tomorrow, and maybe I will be able to blog. If not, look for a guest blogger!
God bless you,
TTFN - (guess that tomorrow I'll be TFN!)