Today I had my surgery and had the port put in. I am bruised and sore and glad to be home. I checked into the hospital at 12:45 and had my half hour surgery at 4:00 and was home around 6:30. You will never believe this but I had the most peaceful dream during surgery that my spirit was in the middle of a garden of beautiful purple flowers on a beautiful summer day with a light breeze swaying the tall flowers. What an impact these Kim’s Crew purple flowers have made in my life! In recovery I woke up and was confused when I saw Allen in the room and was wondering why he was in the operating room with me. I quickly realized I was in recovery and he laughed as I was slurring my words. The doc told me no baths for two weeks. Showers are good but no baths. My bath has always been the most relaxing part of my day.
When we pulled into our driveway coming home from the hospital our driveway and sidewalk were outlined in purple pinwheels. It was such an amazing sight. Thank you Melanie and Mishelle for letting the kids share in with your generosity. The sight brought tears of happiness to my eyes. My friends and family make me feel so loved and not forgotten.
Even though this surgery was easier than my last one it was still a surgery where I was put to sleep and cut open with a gift left inside. It was a big deal to me. A big impact for me today was when I was leaving recovery in my wheelchair to head home. The nurse said “good luck Kim. We’ll see you at the end of the summer for a more joyous occasion” (when I go back in and have the port removed once chemo is finished.). That will be a surgery to celebrate I thought as I was wheeled past the Women’s Imaging department where it all began just two short months ago.
I thought of all my friends today. The nurse who pushed me down to the operating room was asking me all kinds of questions about how I found my lump, etc. She told me one of her very good friends was just diagnosed with breast cancer after finding a lump which she thought was nothing. The nurse said even though she’s a nurse she was having a hard time helping her friend through this. I told her about all of you and how many of you had mammograms done that were over due after my diagnosis.
Time to turn in. My pain meds just kicked in for the night. Next big milestone will be next Thursday with chemo treatment #1.