5:00 AM – I’m up and ready to go! My son gave me Elliot, the Magicical tie-dyed dragon he won for me on the boardwalk. He said that I needed to bring him with me because Elliot was going to watch over me 💙. That dragon was with me all day. Everyone knew his name and it added a little fun and color to the day!
6:45 AM We arrive at The Breast Center and I’m feeling excited. Sounds strange since I’m walking into a pretty intense day, but I was. I couldn’t wait to get this out of my body so I can move on! After some paperwork, they took me back to start vitals. All is well.
7:30 AM I’m on my way for a sentinel lymph-node injection. As they explained what was going to happen, I felt a little nervous, but looking back, that injection was not bad. By 10:00 AM my lymph-node was visible on the screen and I was ready for the next step.
10:30 AM I’m getting wired. Literally. I don’t remember hearing about this part, but due to the fact that I have some pretty dense breasts, this was a little tough. It’s amazing how safe you feel when you have great nurses and medical staff around you. They know exactly what to look for… and by 11:30 AM I found myself in trendelenburg because I pretty much fainted and my blood pressure was quite low. After laying there for 45 minutes, I got my color back and they brought me upstairs.
By this time, my controlled emotions still have not caught up with my subconscious and I am still fine. I’m ready. Let’s keep moving. 🙂
12:15 PM I’m now prepping for the O.R. My plastic surgeon, Dr. Cyrus Loghmanee, assisted by Dr. Dean Cerio, https://ecaplasticsurgery.com marked me with purple incision lines. I was READY!!
My breast surgeon, Dr. M. Michele Blackwood and her team walked with me to the OR. However, I didn’t quite make it. My blood pressure dropped again, and I found myself on yet another stretcher. This was getting ridiculous!!! I was fine! I was ready! I wasn’t nervous! I wasn’t afraid! Nothing!
Newsflash!!! You can only convince yourself of some things… My subconscious clearly did not feel fine or ready! Ahaha…
After a serious, yet full of humor conversation with my Dr. in the hallway, we agreed that the hallway would not make for a good surgery location. So they rolled me in. Let’s do this! I WAS SO F’IN READY!!!
By 1:20 we were in the OR, I was surrounded by so many smiling faces. I remember laughing…. and then… I was out.
4:45 PM approximately, I woke up in recovery. 🙂 vaguely remember seeing the Dr’s, but they said I did great! And thoughts would run through my head, ‘yeah sure I did great, now I can’t move, swallow or think straight, and I have no idea how I got here, but I’m glad it went great’… Pretty funny stuff! Honestly, I remember feeling so relieved that it was over and that I was somewhat whole again. But mostly I remember thinking, how in the world did I get here? Anesthesia is an interesting animal. LOL
5:30 PM I got to see my tribe who have been waiting around all day for me… It really was all a bit fuzzy honestly. 🙂 I think I was the only one left in recovery… That was some action packed 14 hr day!!
8:45 PM I was home and I was happy. I couldn’t move. But I was happy. It was over. The only thing I ever truly worried about was waking up. Everything else would be ok because I had complete trust in my Doctors. And there you have it, I woke up… 🙂
The day came to an end, but my journey is far from over… And that’s ok. Because I am ok.
Never lose your faith and never stop believing that YOU CAN!!