Tuesday, November 23, 2010


November 23
Mom is now drain free...LOL! She went back to the surgeon on Monday and they removed the last drain and she said it wasn't painful at all...of course I didn't ask how many vicodain she took before she went, but she said it didn't hurt as bad as  the last one. Next week, she has one more appt with her surgeon and then back to the oncologist. That's when we will probably find out what the treatment plans are.

And to make matters a little more complicated, my brother decided he needed a hospital stay for a couple of days last week. He was having an allergic reaction to the antibiotic they have him on. Guess when it rains, it pours :-). Still thinking we just need to reserve that room at Cap Region....

Hope everyone has a blessed and safe Thanksgiving! Thanks again for all the thoughts and prayers!

Monday, November 15, 2010

News of Relief...

Mom had her follow up visit with the surgeon today...they removed one of the drains and the surgery site is healing well. The biopsy on the 16 axillary lymph nodes were clear of cancer!!! Blessings with prayers have been answered!! Mom has to go back to the surgeon again next week to see if the last drain is ready to come out but otherwise she is doing great. Some numbness in the shoulder area and the hand isn't quite right as far as small movements but hopefully that will get better with her PT exercises. Want to Thank everyone for all the prayers!! We couldn't have asked for better news!!

"When we reach out to celebrate and appreciate others, we will always receive more than we give."

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Day after surgery

November 10, 2010
Mom went home about noon today. She didn't get any sleep last night....just couldn't sleep. She hasn't been in too much pain but things are still pretty sore. PT came in to show her the exercises she will need to do and gave her a whole list of dos and don'ts that she will have to follow for the rest of her life. Missing those axillary lymph nodes will cause you to change a lot of things in your life---no shots in that arm, no repetitive motions like painting, has to wear thick gloves when she gardens, and to be careful not to cause any kind of trauma to that arm because the infection won't drain away as fast. Who knew???? BUT, if that's the worst she has to deal with, then it will be a blessing. And small compared to other things. I talked to Dad later this evening and he said she had taken a good nap and she is enjoying her two youngest grand babies...what a blessing they are....Delaney with her big beautiful blue eyes and "yep" to everything and Cooper who is quiet and very polite. So good to have them home!! Best medicine in the world right now! Take Care and God Bless!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

After surgery

11/9/10....3:30 pm
The surgeon brought us news-mom did well through surgery and we will get to see her soon. The sentinel node was positive for cancer so they took the axillary lymph nodes out which will have to be biopsied. They should know by next week's post op office visit, what those results will be. Please continue to keep mom in your prayers. Take care and God bless and I will post more after we get to see her.

11/9/10....9:00 pm
A long day....everyone got to see mom, she is in good spirits and only has a little pain...she says morphine is a good drug :-). They only gave her a little while she was in recovery but by the time I left the hospital, it was wearing off. She has 2 drains on the right side and the nurses were teaching us all how to take care of them so between all of us kids, in-laws, and grandkids, we should get  her taken care of. Dad was going to stay with her tonight and she should be able to go home tomorrow. So, we are once again in the waiting stage. Again, Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers! I'll post again tomorrow. Take care and God Bless!

Important day...

Please Please Please...keep my mom and dad in your prayers today! I will post more later after surgery is done. Take care and God Bless....and if you get a minute or two, watch the clip I attached to a previous post....to my Mom's Interdependence!!!

Oh Thank Goodness, It's Not Just Me!

Oh Thank Goodness, It's Not Just Me! Movie Oh Thank Goodness, It's Not Just Me!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Oncology Radiologist appt

Mom and Dad had appt with the Oncology Radiologist...hoping they won't have to see him again. But if they do, he took a lot of time explaining things to them. Surgery is still scheduled for next week and mom will probably have to stay overnight. Deann and kids are planning to visit all week so Dad will have extra help while Mom is recouping. Thanks for keeping Mom and Dad in your prayers and thoughts! God Bless!

 I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, "Move from here to there" and it will move. Nothing will be impossible to you.
       - Matthew 17:20