A Quick Follow-up

This morning at five thirty a.m. I arrived at the hospital with my good friend, Phyllis, at my side. Today was surgery day. The day was finally here. I was ready and nervous and ready. In we went.

I am a believer in being a strong advocate for my own health care. I see any event involving my health care as a team effort. I like to believe we are a team, everyone who is involved with the event of the moment. I met Autumn who admitted me to the pre-surgical area. Around the corner were the nursing staff and everyone else involved with “getting me ready”. My surgeon, who I love, came in said good morning and marked the side of my body where I would have surgery. Then the anesthesiologist showed up.

At seven thirty in the morning I was wheeled into the operating room. I was introduced to the whole staff. I asked the staff, the anesthesiologist, and Dr Ressa to focus on me, tell me that I am doing well and that my healing would be complete, even though I would be off to sleep.  They offered to play soft and upbeat music. Well just how nice is that?

With all this out of the way I went to sleep. Two hours later I slowly woke in the PACU. I have a small suture line at the base of my neck. My throat was sore from intubation and the best news of all was given to me. When I was fully awake I could go home. I know that I still have to wait for the biopsy results to come back but…..going home gave me the affirmation I needed – there is probably no cancer.

Phyllis got me cozy in her comfy chair, pain pill on board and I was ready for a sleepy and comfortable afternoon. This evening I am a bit more awake. Phyllis is making sure I take it easy. I could not ask for a better friend. She is even entertaining Elsie. Well of course she is, she loves kitties too.

I want to thank everyone for all your good wishes. It is hard to put into words just how much all your kind words mean to me. I believe that all these good wishes, prayers and more, helped this day to run smoothly.  I am honored and blessed to have your support and encouragement.

Know that I am in full recovery mode and I can now begin my spring and summer travels, beginning May 1.

I hope you will come along for the adventure.


16 thoughts on “A Quick Follow-up

  1. Dearest Janet, I am so glad to hear that your surgery experience went so well. I love you and am sending you love and healing prayers from Tucson. Love Beth

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Dear Janet,
    So glad to hear that you had such an awesome surgical team, and that you came through your surgery well. I will pray for all to turn out well.
    Love you,

  3. So glad it went well! Wow – and you were able to write a coherent piece so soon! Heal well! Cheers to getting on the road quickly.

  4. Glad to hear that you are doing well!! I will pray for your quick successful recovery. I have had my thyroid removed because of cancer, and I know what you’re going through. Speedy recovery and getting back to more great adventures with Elsie!!! Happy Travels!

  5. I have followed your blog for several years, but only responded once. I am glad that your have this adventure behind you.
    I look forward to following you in your recovery and in your future!

  6. Janet! Yet another adventure. You continue to inspire me. All good thoughts and wishes coming your way.

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