I always thought I would know by the first week of November
Back when this process escalated after the attempt to drain what was thought to be an abscess, I always felt that it was something more and that I would have a clear indicator by the last week of October to the first week of November. The last week of October, on the 26th I was at Princess Margaret’s when I first heard the words “soft tissue sarcoma.” One week later, on 3 November I am at the surgeon’s office when he confirms that we will be booking surgery for 18 November.
I marvel at the presence of God in the midst of what I am going through
I had to go in for 7 am 4th November at Grand River Hospital, for the Pre-Op Interview with a nurse and physician. I have to say that it went smoothly. I am somewhat emotionally and physically drained but I expected that this could be case. So many questions to answer. They can take up to four hours to process all this. I was only there for a couple of hours, and yes, I was pretty exhausted by the time I was done.
I found myself in interviews with very gracious, kind, professionals. They were so compassionate and caring. The whole process and timeline of things that I have undergone since the middle of April, has revealed to me just how compassionate and kind health care professionals are, and how much they too are frustrated with the length of time to process, diagnose and treat whatever the problem happens to be. So I was not the only one who was concerned. Specialists and surgeons were quick to apologize for the delays in my case.
I have a date and I won’t let it go!
I will have to be at Grand River Hospital 2 hours before surgery on 18 November. So I will need to be there ready to go at 11:30 am. The surgery is booked for 13:30 pm.
The procedure is a radical mastectomy of my right breast. It is a 1.5 hour procedure that will involve two surgeons. The first is the specialist who will remove the cancerous mass, and the other is the plastic surgeon who will do the reconstruction immediately, and will take tissue from my stomach for the reconstruction. I did not expect a tummy tuck as part of this procedure, but I am happy that they will do the reconstruction as part of this surgery. So, two weeks from today I will be going through the procedure. It has been a long process to get here.
One thing that was nice to hear from the one physician who interviewed me, is that he said that I was in pretty good health, and the only other issue other than this mass, is my blood sugars which are stable. So they were pleased with my overall health, and I thank the Lord for that. Praise the name of Jesus!
Until next week, I continue in the daily dressing changes
Over the last couple of weeks I have found the need for pain killers. I have had Lori pray for me and the pain has lifted. At other times, I have really needed the pain meds. Yesterday, I finally got a script from the surgeon for a strong pain killer. I don’t want to overdo it, so I will likely use that one at night so I can get a solid sleep. During the day the Tylenol Extra Strength seems to be working. So we will see how that works. I have one week left before surgery and I want to have good pain management.
A word of thanks to all of you
Thank you for your continued support and encouragement and your prayers. I have never been so bathed in prayer by brothers and sisters, both on social media, and within the church family. In my Spirit I am so blessed. Thank you for rallying around Lori who has been such a trooper during the last six months. It has been an arduous road, but the Lord has been with us all along the way and continues to still be there with us, just as you have shared in this journey.
I cannot wait to see how Jesus works all this out. So many people are praying for me from all over the world. I am thankful for the pray support and well wishes from people, and appreciate the Tweets and FB messages I have received as well as the many emails. I love to have interaction as this journey progresses. It is a phenomenal journey that I am on. God’s grace is sufficient. My greatest challenge right now is pain management. Please remember me in your prayers.
Peace. And please keep praying and journeying with me.