As mentioned previously (my gosh, that was over a month ago!?!), Jesann was scheduled for a little bit of surgery. We had that surgery on Wednesday.
We arrived at 7:30 in the morning and started the prep work for Jesann's 9:30 start. They took us across the street to put in wires that help direct the doctor to the cancer location and inject radiation to see where it would go. No problems with that procedure and they let me come in the room this time. Thank heavens!
We then went to nuclear medicine to take pictures of where the radiation went after that. Very cool machine… probably very expensive, too . They even printed an extra sheet for us to take home with us. Kind of fascinating.
By the time that was done, it was time for surgery (11:30). We were finally separated. Now, the expectation was that surgery would take about an hour and a half and then she’d spend about an hour in recovery. That would have put us back in the short stay unit at about 2pm and heading home after that. Of course, things don’t always go as expected, do they?
I finally saw the doctor around 2:30. Things had gone well and the initial check of the ‘sentinel lymph node’ didn’t show any concern or spread. There will be further analysis and we will get the final word at post-op next week.
Jesann finally made it back to SSU a bit before 4pm. Oh, and she was out of it. Seems between surgery and recovery, they gave her about 17mg of morphine. She’s decided she doesn’t like morphine . Between the lethargy and the sick stomach, we finally headed home at around 8pm. We barely made it to Costco before close to pick up her prescription and headed home.