Health Update_Phase 2 Before & After

Hey everyone!  I wanted to do a quick update before my Oxy kicks in!  Surgery was yesterday and everything went very well.  My incredibly sweet hubby was with me the entire time until they whisked me to the operating room.  He even chose not to eat anything until I did....I insisted he have breakfast at least!  Yep, he is definitely a keeper!

This is just after I checked in at noon.....feeling good, but very hungry and thirsty!  Everyone thought my little cap was cute (crocheted it myself), and they let me keep it on until just before going to the operating room -- didn't want me having a cold bald noggin!

I cannot say enough good things about every nurse I had....they were all so attentive, kind, caring & just plain NICE!  The Radiologist who injected my boob with the Nuclear med was super-nice, too -- the numbing cream worked great, so this procedure wasn't bad at all!

My Anesthesiologist was fantastic!  Because I had had some bad experiences with anesthesia before, he said he would do everything he could to not let that happen this time....he was successful!  He was also really cute!

My surgeon got delayed with some complications on the patient ahead of me, so my 2:30 scheduled time ended up being 4:00.  I would never complain about a delay like that, because had I been that previous patient, I would have wanted my surgeon to take as long as needed!  

Off to the OR!

Part of my surgery was to remove a lymph node under my arm, which was then sent immediately to Radiology.  If that showed indicators of cancer, the surgeon would then do further biopsies of additional nodes.  It came back clear.....YAY!  My surgeon also removed my Port, so I won't have to go back for another procedure.....again YAY!  The actual cancer removal was guided by Ultrasound and the Nuclear Seed that was planted on Monday.  The entire surgery took about ninety minutes.

Just out of recovery (still kind of drowsy) at about 7p.m. and totally enjoying a cup of ice chips!  Once I was more awake and all my vitals were good, The Man helped me get dressed, and we went home!

The Man made me some chicken noodle soup (I had mostly broth), and we kind of waited for the pain to kick in.....it didn't!  I slept really well for 9 hours (amazing for me!), and awoke VERY HUNGRY!  I had a nice warm bowl of oatmeal and some coffee.....those simple foods never tasted so good!  I didn't experience any pain until about 30 minutes ago and took my OXY....pain is gone and sleepiness is creeping in.  I will sign off for now, but first I just want to thank all of my sweet Blog friends, FB friends and family (Hubby is at the top of the list) for all of your kind comments and prayers.  You are all just the BEST!

Phase 1 and 2 down, Phase 3 is next!

Warm hugs to everyone!


  1. Hooray Carol!!! I am so happy to hear all of this. I know that this was another hard phase and I am just thrilled that you fared so well and received such a great report...and kept that fabulous smile showing through it all!! Hugs to you my friend! xxoo You're in the homestretch now!

  2. You are truly amazing! I'm so grateful everything went so well! Hope you'll take it easy ~ you need to be pampered. :)

    Prayers continue for complete healing!

  3. Carol, This is Such Praise Worthy news! You are an inspiration to so many who have followed your story! Praying you rest and recover quickly! God Bless, Cindy

  4. You are amazing. You have handled this with tons of courage, guts and grace. Bravo for you.

  5. You are the strongest person I know.

  6. You make everything sound so fun and great, I admire your positive attitude and spirit dear Carol! My prayers for your continued recovery are with you everyday@!!!!!

  7. Awesome news! So glad everything went smoothly! Hoping the pain stays manageable.

  8. Oh I am so happy for you! I am so glad everything went smoothly and with relatively little pain, that is wonderful. Keep on fighting like a girl!!!!!! XO

  9. I'm so happy to hear all of this!!! Such good news!!! Praying for a quick and painless recovery. :) Sending hugs too! xoxo

  10. I am so happy to hear your surgery went well and you are doing great! Wonderful news that the lymph node was clear!! I have been praying for you and wil continue to do so. You are an inspiration to us all. That hubby sounds pretty special too! What a blessing he must be. Take care of yourself....:) Hugs, Vicky

  11. What wonderful news my dear!! Hooray, hooray and Amen! You are so strong and I am so proud of you and all of that inner strength!
    Prayers and a big hug to you and that sweet, sweet husband!

  12. So glad to hear your surgery went well and the lymph node was clear! That is awesome news, praise God! Sounds like you have a wonderful caretaker, too! :) Continuing to pray for you! ~Rhonda

  13. So glad that you are doing okay since your procedure. Hugs and Prayers.

  14. Hi Carol,
    I am so happy to hear all the good news and that everything went so well. That is
    wonderful...... Sounds like the Lord is giving you a good rest........and you
    probably really need it.... Praying the pain stays away and you are feeling like
    a new woman soon. So glad you have such a wonderful husband cause that sure makes a situation like this better......
    Praying for phase 3 already hon.
    Love and blessings,

    Take at easy now!! lol

  15. Hi Carol! Happy to hear that you are fighting. I maybe continents away but me and your troop of blog friends here always got your back. We love you, we cheer for you and you and your family are included in our prayers. You have an online support team here. Take all the needed rest and always think about positive thoughts.

    Keep fighting!

  16. Oh, Carol! I have tears in my eyes from being so happy to hear these good news. I am glad this part of the treatment is over for you. Rest as much as you can and know we are right here keeping you and your family in our prayers. xoxo Maria

  17. Oh how wonderful! I'm so happy to hear you're doing well. I will keep you in my prayers!


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