Thursday, March 25, 2010

Post-Op Day with the Surgeon

Had a 10:40am appt. with Dr. Price this morning. He basically was in and out, letting us know more directly what the pathology report said (1 out of 3 nodes were cancerous) and told us how he would harvest an area that would have approx 10-15 more nodes in it. He can't see the nodes, but when they disect the area down, that's about how many are usually there. Found that he will probably cut through a couple smaller nerves, which will leave under her arm sore/achey and numb. There are a couple of larger nerves that are "possible" that they could cut them, but he says they can usually see them and move them out of the way first....however...
Cynthia Horst has been supporting Connie with emails back and forth and shared what her experience was with the nodes, which is a little different than what they want to do with Connie. Connie tried for no surgery, but found out that estimating her stage of cancer is very depending on what they find, or don't find, and how aggressively they will treat her after this.
Happy to report that driving on the roads at normal speed was possible today, indicating that Connie is healing well and not hurting when we run over spider cracks in the blacktop. I'm just kidding, it wasn't quite that bad.
We haven't got the call yet, but it appears that we'll have to be at the hospital around 9:30 - 10:00am tomorrow for a same day surgery.


  1. Thinking of you and wishing you well with the surgery tomorrow. I will keep my fingers crossed for good clean lymph node news!

  2. That's weird.....when George mentioned that Connie is healing and not hurting when you run over spider cracks in the blacktop......I got flashback memories that I had completely forgot about! Thanks George...Just kidding. I remembered how painful and sensitive my chest, arm and armpit was. They say you will always feel numbness in that area. My area is still numb but I have feeling as well. Whatever the case, you get used to what you have. All the best for tomorrow Connie. Remember, it's a process to get rid of that nasty cancer.

  3. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Here is some positive vibes coming your way. The Lord Will Provide!